February 27, 2011

World Cup 2011

Forty-five weddings and a World Cup

Akhila Ranganna

We’ve heard of restaurant menus customised to include ‘World Cup’ specials, but have you ever heard of a wedding with the cricket World Cup as its theme? Yes, this is cricket fever at its peak. Forty-five couples, who tied the knot in a mass wedding in the Indian city of Udaipur, chose to pay obeisance to cricket in what was a World Cup themed wedding. The grooms, who arrived on horses, chose to carry cricket bats, instead of the customary swords. The venue too, was designed with a cricketing theme: posters of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni adorned the walls. Couples went around the holy fire holding cricket bats and balls. Finally, after the ceremony was over with the Vedic chants, the brides were asked to bowl to their grooms. And not surprisingly, the slogan for the wedding was: let India win the World Cup.

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