The other day my ‘Istriwali’ gave an invitation for her son’s marriage and I was amazed at the four page glossy wedding card, with photos of the bride and groom appearing on the first page followed by another three pages with complete details of the event. When I said it looked very ostentatious ( I guessed each card would have cost her a minimum of 20rs) she showed me another invitation much larger in size which evidently must have cost much more and said it was meant for her relations as they expected the bridegroom’s parents to select the costliest wedding card. In contrast the simple looking wedding invitations we had received the previous day from our well to do friends appeared like circulars or poor cousins with bare details of the event. I was left wondering who was more status conscious in our society!
n.meera raghavendra rao