…is the story of a girl called Rani (Queen) from a traditional Indian family, who sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage is called off. During the trip she learns to fall in love with herself, realizing that there’s much more to life than being married.
What is an Indian marriage? A compromise? A love story? A pretense? A success?
Hard to say. But I can tell you what it is not. It is not the coming together of two hearts (at least not just two). It has nothing to do with individuals and everything to do with two families as well as their extended relations uniting forever!
FOREVER. You can never divorce your partner — not because you’ve promised to be with him until death do you part, but because what would the mother in law think! What face would she show the world!
The wedding, of course is even more important than the marriage. The traditional Punjabi wedding is a lavish affair celebrated with lights (power cuts notwithstanding), sound and gaeity. The festivities could last upto 10 days.
To attempt a rough translation:
You’ve gone from one to two
O girl, what to do?
You’ve now become the man’s..tu turu turu
You walk in high heels, make a tuk-tuk sound,
You read and talk in English
just like Queen Victoria..
You’re the bell(e) of Big Ben
Entire London dances with you
And maybe they are not totally wrong when they claim that entire London is dancing, as you can see below!
I would also suggest that you read the real life story of another Rani or Queen, here.
This post is the 17th in a series of 26 posts that I am writing throughout the month of April as part of the A to Z challenge 2016.