After sarees, here’s more on wedding receptions. Wanted to write some post but right now, I am not able to think of anything else to write.
If there is one place where queues are followed properly by everybody, it has to be only the wedding receptions! Go home from work. Get ready in a hurry. Reach the kalyana mandapam fighting the traffic jam everywhere. Stand in a queue for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Wish the couple, give the gift, pose for a photo and go straight to dinner hall.
Coming to the dinner, if it’s a wedding reception, then today the norm is that the dinner should be a buffet one and the menu should have the following dishes: (The dinner menu is the same at almost all the receptions)
- Some soup
- A sweet – some kheer mostly
- Chappathi/Parattha/Naan/Roti/Phulka/Poori & some side dish that has lots of masala
- Dosa (optional) with chutney and/or milagai podi
- Pulao & Raitha
- Potato curry or some other sabji
- Curd rice, pickle and/or vattha kuzhambu
- Ice cream with fruit salad or gulab jamun or carrot halwa
The dinner being a buffet, again stand in a queue, fill the plate with all the dishes, try to find a less crowded place where you and your group of friends can stand comfortably, take care of your saree and hold the plate with one hand and eat with the other, again stand in a mini queue and get the ice cream, finish the dinner, collect the tamboolam bag and leave. Reach home after fighting the traffic jam everywhere again and then finally rest! Phew!
The only way in which you can avoid the queues at the reception is to go there on time – the time specified in the invitation. But anyway no reception starts on time even if you manage to reach the venue on time. So by the time the couple comes and stands on the stage, the whole place already gets crowded.
P.S.: I have to go for a reception at T.Nagar tomorrow. The very thought of the traffic there during the peak hours scares me.