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After watching Royal Wedding, Indian groom asks pandit to hurry up with his marriage customs

An Indian bridegroom, who got married just the same night after watching the British royal wedding live on television, complained of “boring” and “tiresome” customs, and kept asking the pandit to “hurry up”. The groom threatened to leave the mandap if the pandit didn’t end up his marriage procedure quickly. He also told the pandit it was late in the night, and he was feeling sleepy and tired. However, the pandit continued the procedure even after the muhurt timings had passed by, and the marriage had moved on to April 30 instead of April 29.

“What all are you making me repeat? I don’t understand Sanskrit,” the groom, 26-year-old Rajat Kapadia from Lucknow demanded of the pandit, before requesting him to chant shlokas in English or Hindi. But the pandit said he had forgotten the actual meanings over time, and refused to do so. The doolha, who had entered the mandap as late as midnight, had to stay there for three long hours, before finally ending up with all customs and traditions. He told the elders a number of times, to go and watch the wedding of British Prince William that had taken place earlier in the day, where the main events of marriage lasted not more than half an hour.

Behind the groom's smile lies trauma, and behind the bride's smile lies the weight of her attire

“It was damn boring. I yawned so many times, and a couple of times I wanted to yawn directly at the pandit’s face. I was hungry also, and no one even offered me food, even as they all acted as if I was the most important person on earth. The pandit made me repeat stuff I didn’t even understand. Then there was this walking around with my bride seven times! I mean, what purpose does it serve! Can’t I just say once that yes, I’ll be with her for everything. But no, these people had to spend so many hours making me say and do things I didn’t even understand, and they didn’t let me say and do things I’d like to have done,” Kapadia talked to one of our reporters who was present at the ceremony as a guest.

“All the time I was thinking of Prince William, and how easy it was for him. At least he could see the whole of his bride! My wife was hidden under four coats of jewellery, as if telling me now itself that dude, it’s gonna be difficult lifting me and taking me through this life! Damn it! And the kiss, that would be an easy way to tell her I love her. But they behaved as if I had to do everything to her except love her and be a good husband. Look at Kate Middleton, the lucky girl knew what she was agreeing to in the marriage oath, and got the word ‘obey’ removed from the oath. What if I am pledging to something, in Sanskrit, that I don’t want to do? Like obeying my wife? Like not looking at other women?!” the groom questioned the tradition on television, after he immediately became an inspiration to several other bridegrooms across the country, who had recently suffered from the trauma, or are to face it soon.

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    • Its irritating to say the least..whenever anyone questions why we have to go through meaningless customs (atleast some of them definitely are) in a wedding; the only answer we get is bcoz its our tradition. It sort of affirms what Greg Chappel had said about Indian culture. Indian weddings (I have attended mostly those held in interior Maharashtra) get too boring. And if the bridegroom/bride is a cousin, you are forced to attend the engagement, the wedding, the satyanarayan puja and then the reception..Its really waste of time, money and energy. Hope people realize that they to modernize the wedding customs…

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