Ok, so you have seen it flashed on the television countless times. But with some things there is always room for more and more. The Aishwarya-Abhishek wedding card is out of the bag. So let's take a closer look at the wedding invite.
The entwined As:
The entwined As adorning the card catch your attention. And the logo runs throughout the invitation pack - the carry bag, the gold thermographed wooden box and the eight leaf card in sandesh colour itself. And the entwined As connote, but of course, Ash and Abhi. (Haven't you noticed how she has been draping herself on him?).
Now, this card is believed to be the brainchild of Mama Bachchan. Rumour has it that in the original design, one A was bigger than the other So off she sent it to the drawing board. The idea: both husband and wife are on an equal footing. Therefore, equal sized As.
The card opens with a hymn to Lord Ganesha. And when you turn the page, there is a poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan "
Varsh nav/ Harsh nav/ Jivan utkarsh nav..."
The invitation to the guests is on behalf of the ailing Teji Bachchan and Indira Bhaduri, the groom's grandmothers. But oddly enough at the bottom of the page there are the signatures of the bride's and the groom's parents - in English as well as in Hindi, mind you. A closer look at Aishwarya's father, Krishnaraj Rai's signature in Devnagri script and you know that he is probably writing the script for the first time ever
The big day:
The wedding is on April 20, while the sangeet was yesterday Both functions are at Prateeksha - one of the two bungalows of the Bachchans in Juhu. So what if the wedding is in Mumbai? There is a Delhi connection too. The card was designed and printed in Delhi by the Entertainment Design Company. The same people had done invites for the Chatwals and also for Fardeen Khan's wedding. The final leaf has all the names of the family members from either side. Ajitabh and Ramola Bachchan's names appear side by side. But as to whether Ramola will be present on the occasion? Well, your guess is as good as ours.