17 May, 2021

'She’d Have Printed Our Cards Anyway’

He is from Orissa, she from Andhra Pradesh. He loves all the exotic meats, her family is staunch vegetarians...

'She’d Have Printed Our Cards Anyway’

Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, 37, Development Researcher, Orissa:

“Why not?” was my spontaneous response when Demos’s uncle asked me if I was thinking of getting married. After succinct e-mail exchanges and small talk, we decided to walk down the aisle in a couple of months. I felt that even if I didn’t say yes to this girl, she’d have had our wedding card printed anyway. So, we had five grand receptions: in Vij­ayawada, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, two in Mumbai.

Friends and relatives were pushing for the ultimate eccentric wedding. Demos’s family believed in vegetable garlanding and fruity adornment instead of the usual floral exchanges. And they didn’t allow the women to wear any jewellery. I had never heard of such oddities. Foodwise, our two traditions were poles apart. While I love all the exotic meats, they all were staunch vegetarians. Her family would often remark: “That’s the taste of Andhra, you won’t understand.” And they were right, I didn’t.


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