Today I will write about ‘Yet Another Big Fat Indian Wedding‘. This wedding took place over last weekend in southern part of Bangalore.
Both the bride & groom are my relatives. Hence I was forced to take leave from work to look after the pre-marriage arrangements and rituals that usually take place in hindu community. I have to say, this is one of the costliest weddings I have eye witnessed so far. Starting from the shopping of silk sarees, golden ornaments, silver articles, air-conditioned wedding hall and a wide variety of food items to please the guests… No compromise what so ever! Everything was hyped to its max, some called it a show off while others termed it a one time affair that should be remembered for life time.
Through reliable sources, got to know that the overall expenditure for this wedding amounted close to a whopping 35 lac rupees! Whoa… don’t get exhausted just for this, some of the pics I have posted here should make you believe it. Some salient highlights of this wedding include a handful of politicians in the form of guests, an extremely pleasing instrumental orchestra by ‘Amrutha Varshini’, wide variety of delicacies & flowers to welcome everyone etc., Fruits and Vegetables decoration was surely a feast for eyes. I can’t remember all the food items, snacks, fruit juices, salads, desserts etc., that were served. What bothered me more was that atleast 40% of the food items were either simply un-necessary or over served. I shall try to post more pics of this wedding when they are made available to me.
All was good, but one thing that really went deep in to my thoughts was – do we really need to spend like this? Is it really worth to spend so much of money for the sake of showing off? When do we realize to understand the value of money? Can’t we be more happy by spending this with the ones who are in need of money, which can make their lifetime considering the enormous amount of money being spent for just a couple of days? I don’t have answers for all these questions. But certainly one thing that keeps pondering my mind again and again… Is it really required to spend money like this in the name of ‘Big Fat Indian Weddings’… Do you have an answer?