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I am sorry for keeping you waiting for the part 3 for so long. Actually you can’t blame because my posts are based on actual research and first hand wedding experiences. While I am typing this, my hands are already soaked in the greasy wedding sweets and my mind is still confused with irrelevant wedding themes that people plan these days. And you know that wedding affairs in India are seasonal in nature because no one wants to mess with the heavenly bodies whose favorite past time activity is to check your daily to-do list and get grumpy about it.
In this part, I am still covering the wedding characters however, I am only focusing on the “intangible” character that rules the universe of weddings:
Indian family tree and respect hierarchy is so confusing that you can sometimes only wish for the linear hierarchy designs of corporates and drug dealers. For example the person who is officially sleeping with your cousin deserves more respect than your uncle who brings you gifts. And you cannot escape the situation by giving equal respect to everyone. That is not acceptable behavior. You have to give extra respect to some of them.
So, here are some “respect” techniques you can use on the deserving respected figures:
1. Suffocate him with excessive touching of feet/hugging/holding hands and cancelling the total opportunity of his personal space.
2. Force-overfeed him without caring for his digestion (because Respect does not understand Science)
3. Offer him to buy goodies, gizmos or private jet for him even though you can’t afford a decent pair of socks for yourself.
4. Continuously insult your spouse/sibling in front on him to make “Respected” feel good about himself.
Even the people who might have been married thrice cannot confidently say that they know all the wedding Rituals. Some rituals involve bride throwing food at her parents & make them cry (ok, I made perfectly nice ritual sound nasty) or young brats stealing shoes and getting rewarded for it.
In Silk Smitha’s biopic Dirty Picture, her character clearly states that in India, three things are very important: Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment. No one spoke with such honesty on the big screen before and the wedding organizers made sure there is enough Entertainment quotient in the 3 month long wedding ceremony. Based on my research, this is what we Indians do to entertain us during wedding :
1. Role playing especially as snake charmers and Mozart.
2. Dancing awkwardly.
3. Complain endlessly about the wedding arrangements.
4. Give a political platform to satisfy the RSS uncle’s propaganda against homosexuality and backless blouses.
5. Prove a idiotic correlation between tsunami and Chinese emergence in foreign trade (or anything in the same scale of idioticness )
6. Brag about distance friend or relative who is either in Bollywood, Politics or involve in match-fixing.
7. Artificial Public Display of Devotion.
8. Make most of the Car-O-Bar.
While organizing the wedding, the hosts not only represent their families but also their community, tribe, regional deity, caste, state and the nation (if you were wondering why patriotic songs are played during baraat procession ). The honor of all these are on the sorry shoulders of the hosts (not only honor but also the bills) and the people around him make sure that the hosts are reminded about it again and again. The unwritten honor code states that being excessively modest and using all the weapons of mass-morality takes to you there.
Hospitality is such a big part of wedding that even for hoteliers and airliners , attending a wedding is a learning curve. The epic commercial by Pan Parag where the groom’s father, Shashi Kapoor states that their guest’s should be welcome by Pan Parag became Indian version stony teenage party prop. Pan Parag became a ice-breaker for the discussion between the two families. It allowed them to prove “trashier/holier than thou” (depending on the situation)and moral ego massage each other.
Some of the common hospitality trends:
a. Hand feed the guest along with the phases like “Ek mere haath se bhi ghaye; Yeh toh yaha ki specialty hai; Arrey, Aap humse naraaz hogaye kya.
b. Stalk the guest’s every movement, try to anticipate what they may want and get it delivered at the speed of light.
c. Offer to find future spouses for their 2-3 year old offsprings.
d. Non-stop compliments should be showered.
e. Be Alok Nath
Ok, I am done for this part. Thank you for reading. Will love to hear your comments.