If we ever build something called a wedding-o-metre, the Tanwar wedding will definitely put many a Punjabi shaadi to shame. The eye-popping, jaw-dropping Rs. 250-crore extravaganza - yes, it was not a wedding but a pure extravaganza - took place at a farmhouse on the outskirts of Delhi on Tuesday night when 26-year-old Lalit Tanwar, son of 50-year-old Congress leader Kanwar Singh Tanwar, exchanged vows with Yogita, daughter of former independent MLA Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria.
The wedding - a 'normal' one, if you believe the groom's father - has been overshadowed by a special 'gift' from the bride's side - hold your breath - a helicopter. As if that was not big enough, then there's more: Rs. 21 crore tilak-shagun for the groom's family, and Rs. 11,000 shagun and silver biscuits for the 15,000 guests, including all residents of Haryana's Jaunpur village, at the wedding. While you work out the maths yourself, here's another buzz doing the rounds: the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, will also be performing at the reception.
While all this does sound a bit over-the-top even for a big fat Indian wedding, we think it's all very fine. Just think about the (black or white) money the two families have singlehandedly pumped into the economy. As for the chopper, it's not the slightest bit wasteful.
Considering that the traffic situation is Delhi is getting increasingly difficult, the two families were just doing their bit to ease the problem. Maybe our VIPs should take note. Instead of clogging the main roads and pushing us into potholed bylanes, they too can start taking the aerial route to reach their respective workplaces. And come elections, the chopper can also be put to productive use since the heads of both families are also fringe political players.
But come to think of it, for fringe players, the big, fat wedding was a real neat show. All for the economy, we are sure.