Marriages are made in heaven; wedding destinations thankfully are the business of mere mortals. Now that global A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have zeroed in on Rajasthan to express their marital vows in a Hindu ceremony, we can barely figure out what should excite us more — the mental image of Brangelina chanting Hindu mantras or that our very own Jodhpur in Rajasthan beat all other exotic locales in the world for this coveted honour.
As the more scholarly delve into what the scriptures might have to say about a union that has already spawned six children, we can rejoice for Rajasthan. No stranger to celebrity, it has, in the past, hosted big-ticket weddings like those between Liz Hurley and Arun Nayyar and more recently, Russell Brand and Katy Perry. That Hurley has chosen Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne to cheat on Nayyar shows that while marriages may turn sour, Brand Rajasthan endures. In case the Rajasthanis get too cocky, however, a word of caution: Rajasthan-themed weddings are now being held in different parts of the world, as camels, horses and elephants, not to mention turbans and priests, can all be transported elsewhere.
That Jolie, the multicultural diva whose adopted kids come from countries as diverse as Ethiopia and Cambodia and who sports English, Latin, Arabic and Khmer tattoos, has chosen our very blingy cultural space is no surprise. Last heard, their plans were already giving the jitters to the other hyped wedding of 2011 — that of Prince William and Kate Middleton (who keep adding years to their biological ages by sporting tweed on racing grounds). Jerry Hall, whose marriage to Mick Jagger in Bali in 1990 was annulled later as legally invalid, still reminisces about the “psychedelic omelette” they had while on that island. Who knows, what history the churma and daal-baati will create.