“This is definitely not me!” I sweared indignantly from behind the two inch make-up that messed up my face. Plated artificial hair and huge rolls of flowers sat heavily upon my head while six foot long silk saree and jewels restricted any possible natural movement. Why should the festivity of an engagement ceremony require me to have my face painted ghost-white? The beautician however was not satisfied with her handiwork that she threatened me with a dark shade of lipstick and that was the last straw. I phoned my dad to rescue me from the parlour and take me to the safety of the engagement hall at Hotel Ram International, Pondicherry, happening on July 4th, 2008.
It was my engagement day and I was getting engaged to the one I love. I relished this realization as I walked proudly into the hall, expecting to be marveled by all the guests. But alas! I was instead greeted by photographers, making me pose in all 360 degrees till I joined my cousins who turned their nose on my Dasavathaaram-Fletcher-like-face. I was eager to see my bridegroom, Vijay. If I disliked make-up, Vijay detested it. I wondered how he’d have taken it all until I saw him make his majestic entry thru the doorway – he hadn’t taken it at all!!!! Except for a clean shaved face and probably a little powder, there was no trace of face painting. Dressed in Sherwani suit as he was and surrounded by friends, for a moment I admired him like I had never admired in all the seven years that I knew him. He raised his brows at me, smiled a ‘hi’ and walked on to the front, leaving me to decipher whether the look was one of astonishment or admonition.
And thus the ceremony began. I was asked to change over to my engagement saree as a semblance of tradition. Once wrapped in a copper blue authentic silk, I felt a little more confident and let my inhibitions go. Vijay and I adorned garlands (which helped me maintain my equilibrium with the long hair-dress) and sought blessings from the elders. The aunties from everywhere queued up to garnish us with sandalwood powder and kumkum and I was thankful this time to see Vijay equally tarnished as well. By then I had stopped cribbing about the make-up for I was swept away by the festivity myself.
With the ‘Nalungu’ session done, it was time for more snaps. Our bunch of friends from Bangalore had come with bouquets to wish us. All of us knew that the real fun would begin only after the function for we had a Pondy outing planned on our agenda, starting that every evening. More friends from our school and college days made the event merrier and merrier. Vijay and I introduced each other’s relatives and pulled some of their legs innocently. The glittering lights and chattering voices lasted till noon and once our tummies were filled, we finally drifted off towards our houses.
A small afternoon nap restored my energy fuels and I woke up in time to attend Vijay’s phone call saying that our friends and himself were at the Pondy beach. I duly happily joined. We discussed the function and checked out the Digicams, talking and walking along the shore. We spent a few minutes at my place for a cool drink and dined at Rendezvous. Thanks to Mr.Subash Chandran for his generous treat for making it big yet again into another reputed software concern. People, you might like to get introduced to him 😉