Wednesday, 21 July 2010

AN ENGAGEMENT IN THE FAMILY

There is nothing quite like a wedding to bring families together to share the moment and enjoy themselves. Very often, it is an excuse for a family get-together.

It has been quite a while since there has been a wedding in our family. The last one was a nephew’s, almost three years ago. So it was very exciting when we learnt that my brother’s son Kartik was getting married soon to Danielle. My brother has lived in the USA for many years now, and his children were born and brought up there.

Both my brother, Bala, and his wife Jaishree were eager to have an engagement ceremony and celebrate the occasion. They opted to have a dinner party for both families, and my brother decided to bring a little of the Indian ritual. He printed invitations for the function and gave the occasion the South Indian name of ‘Nischaya Tharatham’. He described what it is and detailed its significance. (See Photo)

The idea was well appreciated, he told me.

Bala also mentioned both of Kartik’s grandfathers (who are no longer with us) in the invitation, making both grandmothers happy.

Most of us (family) are here in India, and we could not make it to the engagement; my son represented us on the occasion. But we hope to be there for the wedding next year.

18 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

That't the sort of happy news one loves to hear about, I hope the happy couple will be very happy.

Lovely to read.
Yvonne.

Asha said...

you must definitely be missing the ocassion and the fun. It's a good idea to print the details and keep the gen next informed about our tradition and culture

Devika said...

Good news, Raji...and Good wishes to the couple :)

its been long since i attended a wedding; and i always say that here :)

wishes,
devika

Winifred said...

Lovely news. How kind of them to mention the grand dads too. Hope you enjoy the wedding next year and maybe you'll post about it.

V Rakesh said...

Weddings are certainly wonderful news and an opportunity for the family to come together in celebration!

Warm wishes to the couple!

flowergirl said...

Good news and a good way to introduce nice new template!!

Meera's World said...

I too look forward to attend some weddings!! its been a long time since i attended one.

Indrani said...

Good news indeed!
Best wishes.

Rajesh said...

That is a great news. This is best occasion for family get together. I also had a engagement function in the family last week.

kallu said...

That's such a gracious way of accepting a person from another culture into the family. What wonderful people your brother and wife must be.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Happy news for the family.Best wishes.

Swarna said...

best wishes to the happy couple and the extended, (enlarged!) families.

Mynah Bird said...

Hello Raji,
I came across your blog by chance and I am glad I did. A beautiful post. I will look forward to more! As I write , my cousin is getting married in DC; unfortunately having left India quite a while ago for the UK, I have missed a lot of weddings and engagements in India and other parts of the world where the rest of the family is based.
Thank you again.
Brinda

Mynah Bird said...

Hello Raji,

Thank you for the post.
Having left India for the UK, I have missed quite a lot of engagements & weddings and this struck a chord with me. Congratulations to the couple.

I will look forward to reading more!
Brinda

Maddy said...

It must have been an interesting occasion...wishing them the best

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

ooh weddings are fun! loved the fact that they had a somewhat traditional engagement party!

Sunita said...

Such fun! I love weddings especially those of close family members. Like you said, it's the perfect excuse to get together.

Dr.Antony said...

Trends change.It is the fashion these days to include the grandparents,especially when have an address to remember.Wedding invitations have become an expensive affair.Sometimes I have seen different kind of invitations for the VIPs and the ordinary.Invitation for engagement is another step.Earlier that used to be a closed function with in the family and relatives.Money has become the decisive factor,and so also changing culture and influence.

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