Return to India, Part 18: Slideshow: Sujitha and Manoj at the wedding hall - Engagement and Haldi Night
Instead of my usual picture-word narrative, I am doing this one in a slideshow - in part because I have too many pictures to place inside a regular blog entry. Not all of them will be of interest to everybody, but I am certain they will all be of interest to Sujitha, Manoj and relatives and friends. I am also doing it in part, because I want to get this up tonight and if I take the time to blog it in the usual way, I will have to take the time upload, resize and thumbnail the pictures and then to write it up.
This would keep me up well into the wee hours. So I am going to try it as a slide show.
Although many might look at this and think it is the wedding itself, it is not. This is the Engagement and Haldi Night. The wedding will take place the next day. On this night, the two families will greet each other with blessings and servings of sugar and gifts of coconut, and then the bride and groom will be pampered, blessed, given gifts, painted with tumeric (haldi), showered and in many other ways just made to feel special.
Everyone will have fun.
To western eyes, a couple of shots will look like the part in a wedding ceremony where the bride and groom exchange rings as an acknowledgement that they are now wed. In this case, it symbolizes the engagement.
It is still Saturday night where I sit. On Sunday, I will blog the wedding itself. Perhaps I will do it both ways - a bit of narrative and some slide show. I definitely want to do narrative, but perhaps I can add a slideshow or two to work in a few more photos. If I can find the time, maybe I will just do it in multiple narratives and no slideshow. Personally, I prefer the narrative. In my mind, I can see how to work slideshows and narrative together into one unit in which the words play off the photos, and I am certain the program to do it is out there somewhere, but I don't know where.
Someday in the not distant future, I hope to find it.
To view this slide show, click either on the picture or right here.