My close kannadiga brahmin buddy from college (Vellore Institute of Technology/VIT University), Giri Venkataramanan got engaged on a Sunday evening to a pretty Kannadiga brahmin girl. The location was Hotel Residency on G.N.Chetty Road in T.Nagar, Chennai.
This was the first Kannadiga brahmin wedding engagement that I had ever attended. Amit Kishore and I were present to view the traditional ceremony, which includes signing of names of bride and groom and their wedding date by their respective parents in a holy log book (for lack of a better word). What followed next was a string of traditional rituals that included people from both sides of the family and dress changing events.
This was only a small gathering comprising mainly of immediate family members and close friends. Amit and I kept ourselves occupied with our roles of a videographer and a photographer respectively, which was apart from making Giri (the groom) smile :-). Once the traditions were complete and the dinner room was thrown open, both of us donned our foodie caps and set out to explore the food, which consisted of fruit salad, tossed up sweet corn soup, cabbage salad, spicy pineapple salad, papads, butter roti, naan, Paneer Butter Masala, Dal Makhani, Roasted Potatoes (urulai roast), Malai Kofta, Yennai Kathirikka (Oily Brinjal/Egg plant), Curd rice, Bisi Bele bath, pickles, gulab jamun and ice cream. After a detailed sample of the dinner menu, we came to the conclusion that dinner was truly delicious and paid our compliments to the chef. Post dinner, we chatted with Giri and his bride for a while before congratulating the group and taking our leave.
Net-net, a good-looking couple, a warm gathering, well organized and decorated event with delicious food!!!
To view the complete set of engagement photos, click the photo album below.
|Giri's Engagement, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|