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‘Homely’ Girls in Times of Change


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Working womanAny matrimonial column in India makes mention of the ‘homely’ girl. This should be the most desirable community, if one were to go by the column square inches devoted to them in many newspapers. So what do people mean when they say ‘homely’?

“Most of all, families in India dread getting a daughter-in-law who will break up the home, or at least, the pattern in which the family has gone on before she got married and entered as a daughter-in-law. Maximum TV serials show vengeful women causing havoc in homes and families, (although the heroine of the serial is generally sweet and ‘homely’!) and families want to make sure they are not getting one of those ladies. That’s why they take the trouble to add the word ‘homely’” says Deepti, a young woman studying for a career in the civil services who is not uncomfortable with the ‘homely’ label.

Sindhi Marriages


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Mehendi CeremonyReligious fervour, lavish hospitality, and dollops of fun! These are the makings of a Sindhi wedding. Sonali Behl reports

For a community scattered all over the world, well-known for its money-making enterprises, colourful printed shirts and outlandishly embroidered clothes, the Sindhis are among the most cosmopolitan and broad-minded of Indians. Yet, when it comes to marriage rituals, the community’s religious fervour is undiminished, focusing on myriad ceremonies with the same enthusiasm of striking multi-million dollar deals. The Sindhi marriage is an elaborate experience with dollops of fun shoveled in to keep every one happy and smiling.

It begins, as all good things must, on a quiet understated note. A small woman (oh, she’s usually small… if she’s taller than 5 feet, eyebrows would be raised about her appetite!), clad in a rumpled not-so white sari, with thinning white hair tied in a miniature chhoti, struts into the house. She is the ubiquitous Guryanni, a family Brahmini whose presence is a must on all joyous, sad and hallowed occasions, to assist in regulating the religious rites and ensure that no transgressions occur, especially in the offerings to the gods, and his servant. She usually carries an oversized cloth bag, within which are at least another three smaller bags to carry away the rice, sugar, fruit and coconuts.

Bindiya Chamkegi


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KumkumThe Bindi, today is a fashion statement…It is derived from the Sanskrit word “Bindu” or a drop, and it is said to signify the mystic third eye of a person. Hence, when properly marked it, becomes the central point of the base of the creation itself. It is a symbol of auspiciousness, good fortune and festivity, Archana Mahajan finds out more about bindi.

The bindi is an adornment that lights up your face and gives it a focal point. Bindi, on the beloved’s forehead is supposed to mesmerise her lover.

Poets, through ages have composed couplets on the beautiful bindiya of the damsel. The bindi still attracts a lot of attention, as it is the first object that catches our eye. This little dot has always received a place of importance in Indian customs. The bindi carries with it a wealth of meaning and is an on-going link with a very ancient tradition and past.

Arya Samaj Wedding


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Arya Samaj WeddingThere are ways in which a marrige ceremony can be performed. Usually teh religion.

There are ways in which a marriage ceremony can be performed. Usually the religion/caste of the bride or the bridegroom play a key role in deciding the kind of ceremony and the nature of rites. One such way is an Arya Samaj wedding. This kind of wedding is very different from the other types in many ways. The most striking aspect of an Arya Samaj wedding is its simplicity.

Founded by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, the Arya Samaj doesn’t believe in the orthodox definitions of a caste/ subcaste or a sect/ subsect.

Creating The Perfect Invite


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Wedding InvitationWe have all heard of big celebrity weddings where the invitations are delivered to select invitees accompanied by rich gifts. We all remember some weddings we have attended only because of the invitations that were sent for them. Invitations are important aspects of a wedding, and a fair amount of heartburn goes into the perfect motif, material, wording, etc. for a good wedding invitation.

The good news is that we are now in the 21st century where we not only have a phenomenal choice of papers and styles for invitations, but also have the choice of sending breezy e mail invites to our particular friends and intimates. Today’s environment gives us the freedom to explore our own way in calling the people we want. However, we still need to give a thought to what we are saying and how we are saying it.