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Karishma Dewan 11B Mr Johnston Word Count: 1099 Give an account of a ceremony you have been to: Indian Wedding The first change I noticed whilst stepping out into the streets of Mumbai, was that this city was in incessant movement: the atmosphere was chaotic and faintly unorganised, and there was always a monotous yet exciting buzz of the rickshaws, scooters and constant chatter. It was difficult to locate any of my aunties, uncles, cousins or even my grandparents through the sea of brown faces due to the heavily polluted and dusty, beige air, and within a matter of minutes, the scorching sunlight and intense warmth began to make me feel a little giddy. Swarms of beggars were scattered around the foyer of the airport, and upon seeing less fortunate ones than me, I felt pangs of guilt and sorrow as opposed to the startling oblivion displayed by others who were clearly used to seeing the picture I had before my eyes. After a very, very long introduction complete with many hugs and kisses to all the members in my mum's extended family, we squeezed ourselves into two taxis and set off on our way to my uncle's house. ...read more.


The caramel coloured, intricate designs carved into the marble of the vast building were just one of the features, along with the exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts, royal paintings, the finest vibrant Persian carpets and illuminating crystal chandeliers that made the building appear almost divine. Although everyone was high-spirited and the mood was ...., on spotting two underpriviliged children our age outside the fort, Sonia and I found ourselves a little less jubilant than others. With a look of longing in their eyes, their ragged clothes and dusty skin, I suddenly felt a deep sadness creep within me making me realise that although I was there having the time of my life, another girl standing close to me had probably not had moments of happiness for a long time. However, we both soon got carried away with the crowd as one of the bellboys led the huge party of us into the main hall which was decorated accurately to my auntie's taste. There was a large spread of delectable dishes at each end of the circular room, and whilst walking around, I made a mental note to try all the palatable looking dishes that I hadn't yet heard the names of such as Murg Noorjehani. ...read more.


Firstly, the bride and groom were brought upon the stage by their siblings and best friends and were handed a flower garland each, which they exchanged whilst the priest chanted religious hymns, signifying their acceptance of each other, which was then followed by the aarti. My auntie and to-be uncle were led to the wedding mandap afterwards, where a knot was tied using the ends of the stolls worn by them, and this signified the sacred wedlock and unity. They then circled the holy fire seven times, making seven promises to be fulfilled in the married life, and after this, they were considered to be officially married. This ritual was called 'phere'. Suddenly, within a matter of minutes, the radically changed and there were feelings of woe as the bride's relatives struggled to keep their tears at bay, watching their 'little girl become so big'. The bride's sobbing echoed around the hall and although it was disheartening, it was hard to completely wash away the joy everyone had been feeling earlier on. My auntie was carried and put into a pallequin by her brothers, as everyone bid her goodbye and wished both of them a long, happy, prosperous married life. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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