Finally the day arrived when I was going to tie the knot with the love of my life. And God it was going to be a grand event. Everything was getting done on a grand scale. And so was the dressing up. I wore a great red sherwani and a golden pajama. I wore a golden turban which had a platinum feather stuck on it. I didn’t know why but I felt really good in that attire. But little did I know that my officially wedded wife will just blow my mind. But there was some time left for that to happen. And before that it was time for the baraat to leave for the destination which was The Plaza at Navi Mumbai. We stayed at the hotel The Park. It was a 1.5 km way which was enough for my half-punjabi and half-thakur family to enjoy dancing. I climbed up the pony and we started for the Plaza. It was really beautiful – the arrangements for the baraat. My relatives danced to the tunes of the new dance numbers played by the DJ. We reached the Plaza when Tanya’s cousin brother went to escort me from the pony. He sat down and I had to put my leg on him and get down. I did so and hugged him after I reached the floor again. Then was the time for the infamous nose-pinching ceremony. My mother-in-law-to-be almost, pulled my nose and dragged me into the hotel. There was the Mandap. It was so beautiful. But again I hadn’t seen Tanya yet. I sat down at the Mandap and the Pandit ji did a few rituals which didn’t involve Tanya. And soon after he announced that it was time to call the bride. I looked at the direction she was supposed to come. My jaw hit the floor when I saw her coming from upstairs. The DJ played “Kabira Reprise from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani” She was wearing a red lehenga with golden work on it. She had the traditional Chooda on her hands and she looked so beautiful. The word beautiful had changed its meaning that day for me. She came and sat besides me.
“You look beautiful.”
She said blushing. Was it for real? I was seeing Tanya blushing. For the first time since we met she was blushing. And then was the time for us to take the Pheras and chant our vows.
“You will offer me food and be helpful in every way. I will cherish you and provide welfare and happiness for you and our children.”
“I am responsible for all home and household responsibilities .”
“Together we will protect our house.”
“I will be at your side as your courage and strength. I will rejoice in your happiness. In return you will love me solely.”
“May we grow wealthy and prosperous and strive for education of our children. May they live long.”
“I will love you solely for the rest of my life as you are my husband. Every other man in my life will be secondary. I vow to remain chaste.”
“You have brought sacredness in my life and have completed me.”
“I will shower you with joy from head to toe. I will strive to please you in every way I can.”
“You are my best friend and staunchest well wisher. You have come into my life enriching it. God bless you.”
“I promise to love you and cherish you as long as I live. Your happiness is my happiness and your sorrow is my sorrow. I will trust you and honor you and strive to fulfill all your wishes.
“May you be filled with joy and peace.”
“I will always be by your side.”
“We are now husband, wife and one. You are mine and I am your for eternity.”
“As God is witness, I am now your wife. We will love honor and cherish each other forever.”
We completed our seven Pheras. It was now time for the exchange of garlands. We did so. And then was the time for tying the necklace. As every moment passed we felt drawing close to each other. I could not have asked for anything more. We were done with the wedding. To keep it simple we had asked the guests to not have pictures with us. Soon it was time to take my bride home. It was an emotional time. I could see tears well up in Tanya’s eyes. I held by her one shoulder. She too leaned into me. First we touched the feet of our elders to receive their blessings and then Tanya began sobbing to hug each and everyone of them. That lasted for a while and then we board the car to go directly to my home for the further rituals to take place. It was going to be approximately a three hour drive and so I had called for my driver but Tanya insisted to drive alone so I took the wheel. She still was crying. I can’t say I knew how she felt but the least I could do was support her. I drove as she kept her head on my arm. She was yet crying. But it was better now. Soon we reached home. And after finishing a few rituals I asked mom to postpone the rest of them. We went straight to my bedroom. It was decorated but not as they show in the TV soap soap operas. I changed into track pants and a tee and so did Tanya. I lay on the bed and she lay next to me. She soon kept her head on my chest and lightly moved her hands on my tummy. Soon we drifted to sleep and there was nothing like the first night together thing that we did. We just slept close to each other and that was the best thing about it. We both loved each other and that’s what matters the most. That we love each other.