|My travel log – The Golden Triangle
||[Dec. 4th, 2005|01:55 am]
This is very long post, more an account of my trip to the Golden triangle, than a normal blog entry. So if you have the patience, time and interest, go ahead.
Last week, 23rd to 27th, I along with a couple of my friends, Deepak and Arun, had gone to Delhi and places around. We had gone there to attend two of our colleagues’ marriage. One was Sachin and the other Ratish, our TU batch mate. I had never attended North Indian weddings before, so it was an exciting time.
On Wednesday was Sachin’s marriage. The functions started around 6:30 PM in the evening. Poor Sachin had to ride a horse for quite sometime. After the initial dancing, procession and mandir visit, we were to go to the marriage hall, i.e. a club which was some 35 km away. It was very tiresome and long journey in the traffic. It took almost 2 hours to reach there. But we stopped a couple kilometers before the place, and again the dancing procession started. There were some great displays of fireworks. Then once the groom bribed, some 5k I guess, the bride’s cousin, we could get inside the club. The place was huge and more importantly open. It was about midnight when we got in here, and we hadn’t even seen the bride. The cold was starting to make me feel quite numb for which I couldn’t do much. The wedding was really grand, and the food was amazing. We actually thought the snacks section was for dinner, and had our dinner with it itself :). The marriage ceremony happened around 12:30 AM. We still are wondering what their marriage date will be counted as. Is it 23rd or 24th? My friends and myself left the place around 2 in the night, but there were still lots of ceremonies to go on.
IITF (Indian International Trade Fair)
On Thursday morning we checked out IITF in Pragati Maidan. I had heard a lot about this place in news, etc., so thought we will check out. Also Anupam’s (another friend of ours) mother and sister joined us. When we got to the fair the huge crowds waiting in the queues amazed us. Especially the young guys and girls were all around. In Chennai, trade fairs were a family outing, here it seemed like a youth hangout. The fair was HUGE. To roam the entire place would have taken us atleast a couple of days. After some roaming around, I relaxed sitting under a nice shade, playing Prince of Persia, Sands of Time, in my mobile. We left the place around 6 to get to Ratish’s place.
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