I have learned in my short time here that there really isn’t one India. Different regions, different cultures, different wedding traditions.
Saturday night, Abishek & Jessica’s wedding kicked off with an event called Sangeet…here is a summary:
- The invitation said 6.30pm. Indian style, that means: Do not expect the event to kick off before 8.30 (the German in me suffered)
- After friends & family deliver their best wishes, the style is a little like a US rehearsal dinner, the dancing commences.
- And, much to my surprise, the dancing is led by the men. In our case it was mostly the father of the groom and the brother who animated everyone to dance. Literally, everyone! The music ranged from house to the 90’s craziness of the “Venga boys are back in town”
- After the dancing Abhishek took the mic and sung a love song for his bride. It was followed by other family members singing what I have been told are the classics of Indian song culture.
- This was the first time I was introduced to Indian Rum. All I can say, sitting at the breakfast table with my fourth coffee, is that “The Old Monk” Indian Rum should be sold with a pack of painkillers attached to it. It is sweet, very dark, rum, served with Coke and – from hindsight – you should deny more than 2 glasses of this drink…
More to come…