I hate weddings. Firstly there’s all that red and maroon and gold, the stress of exchanging gifts between two families, the it-must-be-done-this-way brigade, those unbelievable thrones (we drew the line there, so my mother and his father spent the entire reception looking for us in the crowd).
Then there’s all the beauty faux pas the bride makes under pressure. My biggest regret was that I straightened my hair for the big day—my husband, who was scheduled to pick me up from outside the salon, drove right past me and my editor then, Aroon Purie, who attended our reception, said politely: “You look different.”
Worse still, your parents suddenly turn into extroverted monsters who want to invite every single person they’ve ever encountered. I will forever be in awe of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan who managed to prune their list of invitees to just close friends and family (of course, they are bound to have a big reception). If Bollywood’s first family can do it, so can you.
Of course, it will take a while for the idea of ‘small’ weddings to percolate through the system. If tales from the country’s biggest wedding planners are anything to go by, the Rs4 crore-plus wedding business is out of control—James Bond themes, synchronized swimmers, mammoth Bollywood bashes in Dubai. Read all about it on Page 11.
The summer holidays are here and if you’re not going away, your biggest problem right now is what to do with your children. Sure you want to be a good parent and spend quality time with them, but remember, it’s a long, blistering summer—perhaps it makes more sense to let the experts help?
We asked a super-efficient mother to do your homework. The answers are on Pages 12-13.
Last week, I was pacing impatiently at the Delhi airport, another victim of a delayed departure. A situation like this would normally drive me crazy, except that it was a Saturday and half a dozen men were reading Lounge. So I took out a pen and paper and began timing how long it took them to read the magazine. More than 40 minutes on average, I’m happy to report. Thank you. Take your time to read this issue.
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