Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The one in which rings get exchanged...

To put it simply, I got engaged. Don't ask me how I feel and other such things, as I don't think its sunk in as yet. Yes, there is the knowledge that now I shall have to refer to the erstwhile 'girlfriend' as 'fiance', 'would be', 'betrothed' and other such funny names...but apart from that not much has changed...yet. I guess long distance relationships can do this to you. I do know though that the ceremony and the formal exchange of rings has brought us a little closer, in the sense that the feeling of belonging has increased (which is funny because I was never one for ceremonies and formal exchange of rings). Its still a little bit of a blur, so watch this space for more clarity. Well, moving on to the minor details of the event. The venue was the venerable Bengal Club on Russell Street. Representatives from both families turned up in their best and brightest. 'Aashirbad' by elders commenced soon after and was accompanied by some 'ullus' (a traditional Bengali wedding yell/yodel). If my Marwari in-laws were alarmed by such a sudden increase in decibel level, they sportingly did not show it. Gifts were received and blessings were sought. The 'aashirbad' by elders gave way to the formal exchange of rings and a photocall which was enjoyed by everyone. The highlight of the evening for me was the way the two families extended goodwill and warmth to each other. One doesn't get to see Maru-Bong weddings everyday, and I must say that they shed their initial trepidation (and at a community level, years of business and cultural hostility, heheh) to support and partake in the festivities as best they could. It might as well have been a same community affair... A heartfelt thank you to all of you. Dinner was served after which much mingling ensued. The whole thing wound up by 11.30pm. It was a likeable affair in all, I mean what's not to like, good food, lots of gifts and pretty women all around...oh, and just in case I forgot, also the realization that you finally have the woman you love.


The holy man blesses...



The exchange of the rings


A photo - op with good friends 'Shots' and 'Sam'

Cheers!
Abhishek

27 comments:

stuti said...

hmmmn, so should i extend formal congratulations to you?!!!! ;-))))

Tanmoy said...

congratulations dada..

One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
and in the happiness bind them ...

you are the lord of the rings dude!

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

stuti - if u wish...i deserve them of course ;-)

tanmoy - thank you sir! and thanks for dropping by. yeah hope its the last of the rings..lol.

Cogito said...

Congrats abhi..welcome to the first of the 3 rings ( engagement ring,wedding ring and Suffering ..) lol

stuti said...

oh, and someone else doesn't eh?;-P

stuti said...

hey, jokes apart......hearty congratulations......wish you All the happiness in the world ALWAYS!!!!

Gaurav said...

Congratulations! Is khushi ke mauke pe to jaam se jaam takrane chahiye.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

arun - ultimately the suffering will tke over...am enjoying thr first two will they last!!!...lol.

Stuti - And the same to you, my dear.

Gaurav - Dhanyavad sirji! zaroor takrayenge..bas thode hi din ki baat hai..dawaat hogi badi jaldi!

Mann Sahib said...

Dada,

Congratulations. this is lovely news. Wishing u the best and looking forward to a bang on party.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

mann sahib - thanks a ton sir..good to have you visit. hope to see you soon...

Arun Nair said...

Congratulations.
And Good Luck!!

tr-ash-talk said...
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tr-ash-talk said...

Bro, you never sent me the pic you promised. You know the hot chick you kept talkin about. Damn i just realised ur "fiance" , "would be" , "andi" in telugu can read this ... oops too late, it's been posted ;)

Cheers and may the good times begin !!!

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

arun nair - hey thanks man! with the horror stories about marriage i've been hearing, i guess i'll need all the luck!

Ashok - dude, CYHDP! thanks for the good wishes.

ORANGE said...

Dear Chatterjee and Stuti,

Congratulations !!! and All the best.

ORANGE said...

Dear Chatterjee and Stuti,

Congratulations !!! and All the best.

Prashant

Seema said...

Very nice,very nice.Nice pair.Hope you have an interesting life ahead.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

ornage bean - thanks dude...and congrats for the job again...hope u can find time to grace the occassion in dec with ur presence.

seema - thanks so much...im sure there'll be sooper interesting times ahead...for starters i'll have to live with a GIRL!!!..lol.

sougata banerjee said...

Wish we were there...

But anyway congrats to you two. All the best for the life curve ahead. I wish to see a post on your 25th and 50th anniversaries at this blog.

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

sougatada - thanks so much for the wishes. really wish you guys could make it. hope u can come down in december...i'll be sending u details later. hope all is well.

Seema said...

Oh! So living with a GIRL is soooo super interesting , is it? Why? All this while you were plannin on living with a guy or what? heheheh. Evil me.Have fun boy I know what you are saying It freaks me out that someone is going to be with me through out.

Ekta said...

:-):-)
Another one bites the dust!!
Congrats!!!
All the best!
whens the D-day?

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

seema - all part of the game i guess...im just going with the flow right now.

ekta - thank u so much...d day should be in the first week of december.fancy a calcutta trip?

Anand said...

hey dude
Congratulations!!!
Look great together!!
p.s:- Enjoy the last few blissful days of bachelorhood!

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

anand - thanks so much man...the efforts are very much on!

Zoltán Farkasházi (zoltan_nbsmba@yahoo.com) said...

Congratulations, Abhi! I am wishing you all the best in advance!

Abhishek Chatterjee said...

zoltan - thanks a ton! looking forward to seeing the king in december taming a new jungle!