Journal entry #1
The date for my wedding has been fixed. In two months, I will move to my husband’s house.
Sid is a nice guy, in as much as I could glean from the three meetings we have had. After all we have known each other only for the last week, five days to be precise.
Am I freaking out? You bet I am.
Journal entry #2
My parents and brother (who has no choice) have had their thoughts programmed to only one word, you guessed right, my wedding. The intensity overwhelms me….my two aunts are visiting us next week. Should I take on an extra project so I can come home late from work? Worth pursuing.
Journal entry #3
Not sure if the term ‘arranged marriage’ talks about the craziness involved in the arrangements. Flowers, catering, shopping for my trousseau, jewelry, invitations, menu choices, make up, hair dos, I am unable to leave the house without my parents thrusting a few samples of ‘this or that’ for me to choose from.
Journal entry #4
Today, Sid called me at work to ask if we could have lunch together.
Was I excited? Yes, a bit…hmmmm….actually, a lot!!!
Journal entry #5
The lunch was good…yeah more than good. He has a great sense of humour. We captured our first selfie. We kinda look nice together. He gave me a chocolate…
Journal entry #6
The craziness at home continues….things seem to get finalized one moment…and new checklists are being made the very next.
Today we went shopping for my trousseau (read my family of four, plus my four aunts and their spouses, my two cousins, a brood of nieces and nephews) plus Sid’s family, his two cousins, three aunts and their spouses. Thankfully pets were not allowed in the shops.
30 odd people screaming their choices is embarrassing
Getting a reservation for so many people in a restaurant is a challenge at such short notice……
Journal entry #7
The bride, that’s me, is ready with her sarees and jewellery. Sid & I call each other frequently – the family indulges me….Once we get off the phone we are on chat mode on our phones. We are both doing a crash course on understanding each other after all….
Journal entry #8
Did I tell you that in India it is not only the couple that marries, even the families marry? So I am now being introduced to Sid’s first cousins, second cousins, great uncles thrice removed, to the aunt who is a great singer, to the aunt who is a style icon and to the uncle who was just two steps away from making it to the Indian cricket team, among others
Sid has also met my great grand mom, my third cousin who happens to be related to Sid’s family, my first cousins, the three bad boys of our family, the talented singer aunt, the dancing sensation aunt, the rangoli cousin and the chef-in-the-making aunt.
Our families have outdone each other….huge resource pools of talent!!!
Journal entry #9
Sid and I sneak away for a midnight drive and an icecream. ‘Twas wonderful.
5 more days to go…
Journal entry #10
We are married. I get to show off my new dresses at the many family lunches (on both sides) that we are invited to almost every day.
We are on an eating orgy here. I applaud and over eat at his cousins’, he does the same for dinners on my side. We are extravagant in our compliments….everyone is happy.
Journal entry #11
We are back from our magical honeymoon.
Entering the phase called ‘digitally yours’… repeatedly looking at the wedding albums, uploading videos and pics & enjoying all the gifts.
Journal entry #12
The calm is restored…it is just the two of us now…starting our life together, bit by bit. Planning the move to our own apartment
Fully focused on transforming the apartment into ‘home’.
Journal entry #13
We had our first guests over for dinner. Received two invites in return. Our social life starts….
Journal entry #14
We had our first argument….I was right, of course…! We are well & truly married.