My husband and I eagerly entered the Wedding Hall looking for a familiar face among our relatives but found no one remotely resembling any of them. For a minute we thought we had walked into the wrong venue and decided to stand in the gap between two rows of chairs in order to attract attention and lo and behold, before we could realize one of my husband’s cousins came rushing towards us, and addressing him as ‘Anna’ and me as ‘vahini’ bent down to touch our feet. We felt absolutely touched at his gesture and soon found a host of other close relatives joining him and following suit. We were overwhelmed at meeting all of them and immediately began our mutual updating and catching up with some amusing moments and experiences thrown in as it happens when you meet people after a long absence.
Some among the male relatives complimented us on our appearance saying we have not changed at all whereas an elderly aunt was very apologetic for not able to place me because I had changed beyond recognition! The sight of young girls dressed in silk lehengas prancing around and women in choicest silks and decked in elegant jewellery taking care of the guests was indeed a pleasure.The wedding feast included, ‘mandige’a delicacy of Karnataka and a rarity in Chennai.
The joy of reconnecting with close relatives is an experience of a lifetime which everyone should have.
n.meera raghavendra rao