Well, thanks for the PM Swati.
I have read your logical take, thanks for this post as it was very much needed. If not for anyone, at least for me because I am not at all that much knowledgeable about Hindu marriages and the intricate rituals that form a part of it.
Well, I agree with you completely on that part where you have mentioned that there were no witnesses present <----- This point, Sita also told me about. So good thinking on both of your parts to keep in mind the logic of it all.
So above does explain and justify that CVs didn't infact make a joke out of the sacred institution of marriage and it's rituals. Firstly, the marriage really doesn't seems to be properly legal, plus Riddhi herself came and returned back the MS so excepting her and Mohan, only Riddhi's Mum and the Pandit were there so even if Mohan ends up marrying Megha, all would be fine for him from the legal end at least.
But Swati, about the mangalsutra, I don't know much about it at all other than what bollywood have shown it as. Something significant but you say it's a life-style symbol?
You know naa, that it's significance may vary from one region to another, from one caste to another, from one family to another?
So maybe that's the reason of people getting angry because for them, CVs have indeed made a mockery out of the Hindu rituals especially Mangalsutra.
Like Hindu religion might be having a number of sects, or what can you call them? Branches maybe? Again don't know much, just speaking from some random bits I have picked up from my Indian friends/colleagues at my workplace. One of them is a Jain, from Gujrat. So, Jains as i understand belong to a branch of Hinduism, right? She says they don't eat after sunset at all, means they have to have their dinner before Sunset, essentially. It's part of their religion.
So in that way, MS and other marriage rituals might differ also for different sects or different familes.
Hope I made some sense there!