When we received two invites for wedding receptions of our close friends’ children we eagerly looked forward to attending the functions. Since one was held in the out skirts of the city which was a good distance of 15 kilometres, we left home nearly an hour before commencement of the event. Lo and behold we reached the venue much earlier than expected and as expected found ourselves walking into the almost empty hall ! Gradually it filled in with the couple making a grand entry almost nearly an hour late.
The second event which took place at a five star hotel in the heart of the city was totally a different experience. Though the distance was hardly a few kilo metres from home, it took nearly 45 minutes to reach the venue and a travel of three times the distance due to the road blocks all the way. To our pleasant surprise the newly weds kept to the scheduled time of the reception and were being greeted by the wedding guests. When we emerged after dinner and called the cabbie on his mobile to pick us up from the portico, there was no response and noone including the concierge had a clue as to where the car was parked! One of the basements in the hotel was being used for some wood work and the other too was perhaps being used to park the staffers’ cars. After a wait of nearly 45 minutes we could locate the cabbie and reach home. In the process we had to cancel visiting our relatives as it was too late. Considering the time we spent during the evening, it appeared we spent much less time at the event and more in traveling and waiting for the cabbie, because he failed to charge his mobile. It is strange that a five star hotel on mount road doesn’t have a car park and doesn’t seem to care !
n.meera raghavendra rao