This one is on a light note…
We were coming back from the city. Three of us and there was a baraat there… We could see all the band-baaza, the lights and the relatives. “Where is the Dulha?”, asks Meera. As an expert (heard of अँधों में काना राजा) of the region I was quick to point out a decently decorated car, which should be carrying him.
“But isn’t he supposed to be on a ghoda?”, I could see her disappointment…
“Yeah…”, the other companion of ours agreed.
The way movies shape our images indeed!! (No, I am not claiming that there are no ghodas in the weddings anywhere, but probably not as common as movies would have us believe :D).
“At least he will have that thing on his forehead – sehra or what is it called?”
“Yeah”, the disappointment was slightly abetted 🙂
And the other thing that struck me was this. Why is it that in all the movies the bride always descends from the stairs for the wedding ceremony? Why can’t she come up or just come from the same floor?? This image is also a strong one. Comes even in the poetry. I was recalled the lyrics of this Ghazal“
बाम से उतरती है जब हसीन दोशीज़ा
जिस्म की नज़ाक़त को सीढ़ियाँ समझती हैं।
(बाम = Terrace, Rooftop, दोशीज़ा = Bride)