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Monday, February 14, 2005

Out of the box
I mentioned marriage and gifts in a post two days back - this is more of a follow up post. When my mom and dad got married, my dad's friends gave him a big, heavy, box-like packet. Every wedding gift has a little bit of excitement and curiosity packed along with it and for mom the excitement associated with this box was even more - dad' friends, large box and heavy - what could it be, she wondered. Later the couple found out that it was a box full of digestive tonics. My dad it seems was notorious for inane gifts (he apparently gave someone a pile of old newspapers once). It was only a matter of time before his deeds caught up ... and they did. The only solace was that the newly weds dint worry abt eating out and its repercussions for the next few moths :)

I attended 3 weddings/receptions in the past few months and noticed that there are two types of attendees - ones who know that their gift is worthy of a mention and the others who use the gift as a ticket for a dinner to follow - so they don't spend more than a restaurant meal. Now the former group wants everyone to know what they've bought, coz that's their moment of glory. In my cousin's reception an aunt started, "We weren't sure what her finger size will be but then our jeweler said that if you have any problem with the diamond ring, he'll fix it in a day. So feel free to get it adjusted to your size" she instructed the new entrant of the family. The girl nodded gleefully, knowing that a diamond ring awaited her in the box. "I told the family tanti (skilled weaver) that this shawl (cloak like Indian clothing) has to be completed before the wedding. This is a tradition for us. For every nephew's wedding, I specially get a shawl made by this tanti. It takes six months," another one vaunted. Moral of the lecture - even though my gift looks like any ordinary shawl - make no mistake.

On the other hand, the second group of paid dinner eaters keep a low profile. They hope that the reception area, seating the couple, will be crowded, leaving hardly any time for social tete-a-tete. Then one just mixes with the crowd and makes sure that the name tag on the gift is small ... if you've paid less, it pays more to be inconspicuous.

"So much of knowledge on weddings," the blogger thought, "When will I get a chance?" The voice inside laughed and quoted the famous Pepsi ad, "Tumhara number Ayega!"

Comments:
u wont get any gifts ... for sure :D
 
i know that :( and that's why i have decided that on my marriage card i will ask people to not bring gifts - that will avoid the embarrassment for me and them :)
 
ami debo gift...nischoy debo...ki chai sheta bolte hobe kintu:)
 
dhush...kono kaaj i theek moton korte parina...du baar comment ta post kore phelechi bhul kore...delete kore dio...
 
sure sure :)) send them fast!
 
biye korle na...tar aagei gift chai...pre-marital gift...hmm bujhlam...moshai...ki dinkaal poreche...
aar ski trip e matro tinte chobi tulecho...kono kaajer noi tumi...
 
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