Yesterday I attended the wedding of Sabira and Chotu Merchant's son at the RWITC. The d√©cor was in keeping with Ms. Merchant's elegant tastes. Light climbed into trees, bushes, flower banks. They were all white, not multi-coloured. And to the lush greenery on the racecourse was added piles of flowers brought from outside. The wedding pandal was magnificent semi-transparent tent of flowers.
There were a lot of guests, but also a lot of space; you felt neither crowded nor hustled, and there were brights lights everywhere so that you could see and be seen, not as at Mr. Murli Deora's party at the Breach Candy swimming-pool, where there was darkness everywhere, like the dark gloom that has settled over the city Congress. Not Maharastra, but Bombay is lost to the Congress. You can take it from me, chief forecaster of election results.
But to come back to the wedding, the Merchants, father and son, wore turbans, the bride was too covered to be seen, which is the case with Hindu brides, and nobody could believe that the mother of the bridegroom was the mother of the bridegroom.
If the marriage was a combination of Muslim and Hindu rites, the food was a happy combination of Punjabi and Bombay, rogan josh and dahi-batata-puri. I concentrated on the paani puris. Ah, happiness!
It was one of the better marriages I have attended in a season of mariages, beginning with the diamond merchants' union at the Wankhede Stadium. No, I was not invited to the wedding and I did not gatecrash.
Next to the Parsi Agiary at Colaba, I think the Turf Club lends itself best to a wedding, provided there are a lot of guests. The ultimate in Turf Club weddings, I suppose, will be when somebody gets the horese out of the stables and parades them around, with the jockeys, as part of the wedding decor.
The Bombay Hockey Association ground as another popular venue for weddings. It is not the ideal place to get married, but I have no objection to it partly because it is near home and partly because the hockey association needs money badly. The NSCI at Worli also used to be a popular wedding venue, but, passing up and down the Worli causeway, I have not seen any weddings being held there lately, unless they are being held in the dark.
As for five-star hotels, the sooner parents realise they are not impressing anybody by holding wedding receptions there, the better.