I am continuing with the wedding ceremony. This is just because the
serial never had a happy wedding shown so I went ahead and wrote about that in detail.
Hope you like it.
This is not an FF, I can only continue as much as I
can, I will stop where I run out of Shanak scenes and cannot continue, may not even end it
in an appropriate manner ... so dont keep ur hopes too high!
The next one, I will try and make it closer to the real world and
normal day-to-day activities.
Part2: The Wedding
After the last incident, Shaan had a smile stuck on his face for a
very long time.
Shaan and Khanak were called to the mandap in
15 mins. Shaan was standing on the right side of the antarpat. The pandit
shouted, "Please vadhu ko leyi aavo". Her kaka and another pandit were now
holding the antarpat (a curtain/cloth)
while the main pandit had gone to arrange for the kalash and ask the ladies to
get the aarti ready. Suddenly there was a commotion from the brides side and he
could see her feet now on the other side of the curtain. There was no way he
could glance at her as the antarpat had been pulled up by kaka and pandit. He
was handed the garland as the auspiscious wedding mangalashtaka phrases were enchanted
by the pundits.
"Swasti Shri Gananayakam Gajamukham
Moreshwara Siddhidam Ballalam Murudum
Chintamanim Thevaram | Lenyadrim Girijatmajam Suvaradam
Vighneshwara Ojharam Grame
Ranjananamake Ganapatihi Kuryat Sada Mangalam
sudinam tadeva, tra-balam chandra-balam tadeva vidy balam daiva-balam tadeva,
lakshmi-pateh tenghri yugam smarmi
shubh lagna saavadhan! shubh mangal
All throughout the mangalashtaka, there were grains thrown on
them. As the ucharran completed the antarpat was removed for the jayamala vidhi.
For the first time after 3 days he was seeing her and she was absolutely
radiating. Their eyes briefly met as the pandit informed Khanak to put the
jayamala. The punjus that they were, his family shouted "Jhukna nahi!! Jhukna nahi!!"
Shaan smiled and stood tall in front of her. She glanced up and
tried reaching to put the jayamala, but could not. Quickly her cousins came
around and picked her up. Shantanu just grinned as she put the garland around
him. But surprisingly the cousins never put her down, making it difficult for
him to put the garland around her neck.
She looked down shyly expecting to be put down. He smiled and made
a jump with help from his friends their hands on both his hands pushing him
further above and he put the garland on her neck. They both came down
simultaneously smiling away embarrassed at the situation which they had never
The pandit asked the bride and groom to approach the mandap, and
then Khanak's bai and ada came ahead for the madhuparka ceremony. The grooms legs were washed and he was given
sweets and milk while making him sit at the mandap. Shantanu was very conscious
as Khanak's parents touched his feet. But they smiled at him and her Ada said "pratha hain". He smiled back at them.
The moment he had removed his shoes to enter the mandap, his
friends and cousins had stood over the shoes protecting them from the bride-side
tolli of girls who would try to steal them. They had confirmed from Khanak
earlier in the week that Gujarati's also had this as a rasm.
As soon as Shaan sat down, he glanced at Khanak who was made to
sit on his right side. She quickly glanced once at him and back to seeing her
feet and the yagya samagri ahead of them. He said "hi there" and there was no response other than her hands fidgeting
on her knees ahead of her. He had been warned by her earlier only that she is
not supposed to speak during the marriage vidhi. He smiled and looked at the
pandit for the next set of instructions.
Finally he had the time to think about her attire, a maroonish red
saree with a delicate golden work, her pallu was made in a gujarati style, with
the end tucked on the left side of her waist. In the few mins that they had
been opposite each other during antarpat he had noticed everything required
about her, her makeup highlighting the right things, her eyes looking bigger
now with the kohl lining around it along with eyeshadow (which he had never
seen her use before), she was wearing dangling earrings, which she normally
never wore unless they were the lighter artificial ones (which he hated).
In between the rituals he was stealing glances at her. He bent
closer to her, had to move close to her during the Hasta Milap,
stroll is tied to the bride's sari/shawl). This knot and the joined hands of the
couple symbolize the union of two souls joined together in holy matrimony.
As Shaan held Khanak's hand, he could feel that she was tensed; but
he could not see or understand any reason for it. This was the day she had been
waiting for, THEY had been waiting
for and dreaming about. and yet here she was all tensed up and uptight for
some reason. He slowly went close to her and whispered into her ear. "What's wrong" while waiting for the
pandit to tell the next rituals.
She just shook her head. He had a serious look on his face and asked,
"Pls, why are you tensed". (pauses trying
to take a glimpse at her eyes) "are you
crying?" he asked her with shock. She quickly muttered a "No, stop exaggerating" paused and then
slowly whispered "I am feeling sad to
leave my family back there".
Shaan was relieved and let out a sigh, "you scared me, don't worry we will visit them whenever possible or
whenever you feel the need". Pandit announced, "yajman, apna hath Kanyadaan
ke liye aage badhaye".
Shaan slowly raised his hand and held his palm ahead towards her.
Her ada came forward and took khanak's right hand and placed it on his hand
along with the paan and supari and then put some water over the hand. They
could see that his eyes were moist; a strong person like him was sober while
giving his daughter in marriage.
Once done with the vidhi he spoke directly to Shantanu "Shantanu, Beta iska khayal rakhna".
Shaan nodded in a yes and bending his head said, "I will take good care of her" and then
continued to say, " you need to also tell
her the same, I am more at risk with her around" trying to lighten the
mood. She just glared at him through her moist eyes. Ada also smiled and
murmured "tum dono bhi na..." Shantanu
just kept staring at her, not yet leaving her hand.
Pandit tapped his shoulder and then removing the paan and supari
from their joined hands said, "Pheron ke
liye khade ho jayei aap dono". He stood up and held his hand out for her to
get up. She put her right hand in his and was helped by her bai and aunt to
stand up. She stood up taking care of her saree pleats. He did not release her hand.
Pandit started saying the mantras and asked them to take the pheras. Slowly the pheras were completed,
the pheras are to express
his heart's desire, and seeks the loving support of his wife.
The next ritual was for the Saptapadi
- The pandit
informed that the groom should chant the mantras with each step. These are
requests to his wife to take good care of the house, cook wholesome and healthy
meals for their family, be thrifty with money, be an understanding and
supporting partner to him, etc. The bride would promise to fulfill these
The last ritual was tying the mangalsutra
around her neck which he did and Khanak blushed as his hand touched her neck
and lingered there for a split extra second after tying the hook of the mangalsutra.
The pandit passed a sindoor container to Shaan and asked him to put it on her
forehead, Shaan follows instruction and places a small line on her forehead
along the hair-parting, while her cousin held her maang-tikka. He noticed that
her eyes were closed and she looked content with the touch.
Pandit: "Isi ke sath ye shadi sampanna hui. Mubarak ho!"
Bai and Ada ask Shaan and Khanak to take the pandit's blessings
and they bend at his feet to get his ashirwad "Sada Sukhi raho".
They go forward towards his parents and then hers to take their
Finally after taking blessings of all assembled in the hall, and
their backs paining terribly, Shanatanu and Khanak are standing on one side and
the parents are discussing on what's to be done next. Shaan slowly passes his
hand around Khanak's waist. Their back is to the end of stage and no one can
see what he is doing. He slowly moves his hand on her back. She tries to shake
him off without looking at him. He continues his journey and is about to reach
her neck when her cousin comes along and shakes his right hand saying that he
would not come to the evening reception, as he has to join office back tomorrow.
Shantanu shakes hand with him but does not remove his left hand
from her back, just slides it down to her waist again. In process he
understands that the blouse Khanak is wearing is a real revealing one. Once her
cousin leaves, he couldn't control and lets out a laugh. She looks up at him
and half the family discussing in front turns back to look at him, he quickly
takes his phone from the pocket in his right hand and speaks while smiling, "that was a good joke". She knows there
is no call or sms, so she nudges him with her elbow "what's the joke".
Shantanu bends slightly towards her with a questioning look and a
wide smile on his face saying "Who
decided the pattern of your blouse, definitely not you!!"
Khanak becomes conscious and tries to avoid the blush creeping on
her face. "Bhabhi went to extreme while designing,
I got the blouse just 3 days earlier, so could not even get a new one stitched"
sounding upset. He tries to sober down but his smile is stuck to his face and
he is quick to say "Good for me". She
just stares at him wide-eyed, her blush increasing further to make her face pink.
Their attention was caught in the crowd of relatives now on the
stage and suddenly heard her bua shout "Bha".
Khanak lurched forward followed quickly by Shaan.
They heard bua say "Aap ko
kal se keh rahi hoon thoda aaram kar lo, mangal pani tho la jara'" The
waiter comes running with water. Mangal is besides Ada holding him.
Her Ada smiles, "kuch nahi
hua hain' subah se kuch khaya nahi na tho shayad thoda chakkar aaya shayad.
Main thik hoon ri."
She tries to smile at him, but her eyes give away the tears that
she had been holding from the past 2 hours. "Aap
apna khayal abhi se nahi rakh rahe ho".
Shaan holds her at the elbow giving the much needed support. They
are tied together not with the odhani alone but the relationship, making her
parents as much his as they are hers. He leans towards Ada and keeps his hand
on his shoulder, "App kuch kha lijiye".
Sunil, Shaan's father, comes ahead and says, "chaliye sab khane ko hi chaltey hain".
Ada: "nahi nahi, pehle aap
log bhojan kar le phir hum log kar lenge"
Sunil: "Nahi, aise kaise,
hum ladke wale hain, hum jo kahenge wahi hoga! Aur humari maang hain ke aaj ke
iss khushi ke avsar par hum samdhi sath mein khana khaye!"
Ada and Bai are smiling, thanking God for such understanding
family. Madhavi, just stands along with Sunil, not uttering a word. They turn
to Shaan and Khanak, "Aap log bhi khana
kha lo then change. There will be a small reception for the people who will
want to meet you now as they are not coming in the night."
As all turn towards the exit of the mandap, Shaan is fidgeting
with the garland and the stroll. Bua suggests that they leave the garlands and
stuff in the room. As Shaan's room is nearby then go there. Shaan quickly removes
the garland from the neck heaving a sigh of relief. Khanak is having a tough
time removing the garland with her hairstyle and chunnari on the head. He turns
around and helps her remove it. She was already tensed and their proximity was
making her nervous, so she tries moving backwards from him, but is held by the
knot tying her odhani to his stroll. He starts opening the knot, she stops him.
Khanak: "Isse nahi kholna
She moves towards him, slowly raises her hands towards his neck,
removes his stroll, holds it in her left hand and moves back. He walks behind
her holding her by the elbow, "Come on
Khanak, tension mat lo, Ada ko kuch nahi hoga".
Khanak could not hold her tears anymore. "Who mere vajah se dukhi hain Shanatanu, mere wajahse kuch khaya nahi
hain. Mere chale jane ke baad kya hoga. They will miss me a lot na ' Ada tho is
more attached to me, even when I was in UK, he used to tell me to come back. I
will miss them so much."
Shaan holds her in a side hug with one arm on her shoulder and
says "Can't you see how happy he is. His
happiness is in your happiness. So for his sake please don't cry, he will feel
more sad if you cry or look upset" and wipes her tears with his other hand.
Someone knocks and Mangal enters "ye kya ho raha hain" showing a mock shock seeing them together.
Shaan is quick to retort "Apni behen se
pucho, iski aasooan ka nal tho bandh hone ka naam hi nahi le raha."
holds her and tells her not to worry and cry for Ada. Till he is there Ada will
be fine. And makes them proceed for lunch.
* Comments are welcome *
Will not be able to update till Wednesday ... :-) no updates written as yet...
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Edited by dishbhan - 29 May 2011 at 9:28am