Wednesday, February 21, 2007

If you get married in Goa, I won't be there

There was a time when most weddings in India were held in cities where the bride hailed from. Sometimes, they shifted to where the bride and groom mutually decided on, perhaps the city in which they worked.
Then came the Great Indian Media Explosion and we began witnessing marriages at esoteric locations, including one in a plane flying at 30000 ft, at Goa, at Udaipur, at Jaipur, at Ananda Spa, and so on.
So a wedding that would normally have cost an invitee a couple of hours now costs a couple of days. What used to cost an invitee a few litres of petrol now costs apex fares.
And it’s not surprising that one bunks more weddings than one ordinarily might have.

And if you thought this was an Indian phenomenon, think again. Here’s a story from far away Argentina, sent me by a friend, KS Dugal:

Please don't invite us to your wedding, couple says
Feb 20, 2007
Fed up with spending too many weekends going to weddings, an Argentine couple took out a paid announcement on the social pages of a major newspaper expressing their desire for some social neglect.
"We thank you ahead of time for understanding this petition, which is due to our saturated social calendar," read the ad in La Nacion.
Adolfo Caballero, 66, told a La Nacion reporter the flood of invitations came from the children of his dozens of cousins, friends from his club, and clients of his law firm.
Argentine weddings are typically drawn-out affairs and Caballero said they take 12 hours out of most of his weekends, including long drives to and from the countryside, where it is currently fashionable to get married.
"It's fun for youngsters who want to dance until 5 a.m. ... but the next day I'm tired and I can't move when I want to go play tennis," Caballero said.

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