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In blunderland

art-and-culture Updated: Oct 13, 2008 14:42 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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It’s the wedding season. Cultures clash, there’s last minute chaos and sometimes pure bad luck which leads to embarrassing and hilarious bloopers.

If something has to go wrong, it will. Vedant Gahlaut, a student, thought he was the perfect event manager when he was put in charge of his brother’s wedding with a Muslim girl.

“During the Hindu wedding, the pandit asked my brother to apply sindoor in bhabhi’s maang. That’s when I realised I had forgotten the sindoor at home. Fortunately, my brothers intervened saying that, ‘Hamare ghar mein sindoor lagaane ki zaroorat nahin hai.’ But it was quite embarrassing to face bhabhi afterwards,” says Gahlaut.

Mixed bag
Sometimes, bloopers can force you to rethink your decision to marry. Media professional Deepti almost called off her wedding to Varun because of a phone conversation minutes before the baraat arrived revealed that he was sleeping off a drinking binge. “I had to call his parents and tell them to wake him up. Then, soon after our pheras, he was at the bar again.”

Intercaste marriages are breeding ground for cultural bloopers. When executives Noopur Sharma and Abhishek Bose were getting married, the groom’s family arrived with the baraat in typically north Indian style.. the wedding was solemnised with Bengali rituals.

The blooper occured, when as a part of the wedding ritual, the bride’s uncles lifted her and walked around the groom.. in the opposite direction. The priest told them in Bengali to start all over again. “In all these pradakshanas, I was peeping through the leaves covering my eyes, hoping that I don’t fall off. My in-laws kept warning me that I can’t see the groom,” recollects Noopur.

Beena Kapoor is a Bengali married to a Punjabi. The vows turned woes because there were priests from each side. “Both the priests argued throughout the wedding. Everyone was afraid that the priests would leave halfway. Thankfully, our marriage was solemnised.”

Anindita Deka shares a rather chilly experience. According to Assamese tradition, a purdah must be hung between the bride and the groom. Deka’s mother was unaware of this.

Deka recollects, “When the priest asked for the cloth, my mother offered my shawl. I pulled at my aunt’s shawl.. so that I could keep mine. But my aunt wouldn’t let go of hers. It was amusing for the guests. It was cold and embarrassing too.”

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