Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar) wrote,

When stars collide and chaa is consumed

I've managed to contract a sore throat and cold. What wonderful timing, as I'm supposed to leave for a wedding on Thursday and then go to Sirens next Thursday, and of course, finish my presentation. I'll do more work on said presentation in a bit, but first I'm resting and drinking some tea, so I thought I'd make a post.

A couple people have pointed out that I've barely said anything about my own upcoming wedding. This is true, so I'll rectify that now. Honestly, it doesn't feel quite real yet, plus my thoughts have been taken up by events coming up before that, like Sirens and my friend csecooney's play and fall festivals. Not to mention I'm private in some ways, and this is one of them. But I am excited, and I'll share a little of the joy with you.

aryasura and I met back in 1999, and we have been officially dating since 2001, after I came back from my year in Germany. We've had our ups and downs, like anyone, but I can't imagine life without him. Just yesterday, we went to the park and discussed Vedic literature and the fey creatures from that period and later. (He's a scholar of Indian literature and history, which just amazes me.) Who else could I do that with? Not a lot of people, that's for sure.

And he brought me cough drops for this stupid sore throat last night. :) Which were really useful this morning, because I awoke with a fire in my throat. Guh.

So anyway, we're getting married on the nineteenth of November at a Hindu temple near my mother's house. It'll be a traditional Hindu ceremony, though truncated (no five-day celebration, sadly), with garlands and coconuts and a pujari. After a whirlwind shopping trip, we settled on a sari for me. See the picture below! For his part, Ed will wear a sherwani and a saafo (turban). We'll have the ceremony, the reception, and then a garba (Gujarati folk dance)! My cousins promised to sing, which is awesome.

South Asian weddings are known to be very large. Ours won't be. I'm sad some of our friends can't make it, but I'm also glad the size is more intimate, so I'll at least get to say hello to people!

I'll be dressed in this. Sparkly! And red, as is traditional. ;) What do you think?




The back of the choli (blouse) will have the crisscrossing strings pictured here in a different sari called a panetar (and yes, that's me, too):




And now I think it's time for more chaa.
Tags: aryasura, love, wedding
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