Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Big Fat Goan Wedding

I had been to Goa for a wedding during the ending of 2004. Didn't know the bride and groom (till then that is). Just knew I was going for some relations wedding.... Along with my mom and sis. So the plan was to go to Goa... go for the wedding.... my mom had other plans too but lets not get into that.... so as I was saying go for the wedding... then to mumbai ... then to nagpur.... two weeks bliss....

A little more about the couple. The bride (Natasha) is my second cousin. My mom's father's sister's daughter's daughter. Met a lot of my distant relations, a few of them I had met before. The groom (Adrian) is from SriLanka.
How they met...
Well both work in Dubai in the same bank...
One day he opened his account to her,
Her interest being ever so dear,
So they decided to build a strong love affair,
On investments of equal share.
ok so you get the point..... btw stole and modified the above lines from the net....

Spent most of my time in Margaon. Was based at Coelho Towers which overlooks the busy Margaon market area. The building was filled with relations. Was partying almost every night... beaches... live bands... discs... The bands play really well. On christmas there is this particular band called forefront who totally rocked... esp the lady lead singer who looked like a jamaican ?? amazing voice...

Jude Wanigasinghe, the best man was pretty sporting. At aunty Cynthia's b'day, we troubled him a lot but he was game for almost anything. Also have some photos to embarass him every now and then :-) Anslem too entertained us from time to time.

Well days were spent visiting some of the many relations we have in Goa. Had an overdose of Goan food. Had been to the exposition too i.e. St Xaviers. Spent a lot of time freaking out with Ryan, Kim, Ron, Sonali, Anslem, Priyanka, Jude, Ruth, Joe and Karishma. Took a liking to my cousin Ryan's cute little daughter, Shania. My mom forgot her age and was one of the gang in her own way. My dad didn't come to Goa as he had to baby sit our dog, Scamper. We also played cricket on the beach. I played for the SriLankans. I even managed to score the second highest total. yippie!!! ok..ok... my sister was bowling.

We then heard about the tsunami. It personally felt good to hear about the efforts been made by fellow Impulsians related to the tsunami episode. 50 odd people in Impulsesoft put together 1.09 lakhs.... that was nice... I can tell ppl I'm in good Company :-)

Talking about narrow escapes my mom's cousin is stationed in Port Blair. He had just left an island after which all ppl and personnel on that island were washed away by the tidal waves.... Also the groom, Adrian is from Sri Lanka..... They live along the coast but at an elevation so their home escaped the wrath of nature. Infact they were planning to get married in SriLanka instead. A lot of their relatives and friends were affected.

Initially the plan was to spend a week in Goa. Then go for a friends wedding in Mumbai.... then to Nagpur for New Year. Two weeks.... yeah quite a long vacation..... infact some of my colleagues who were getting married, took less time off than me. However things didn't go as plan. Our relations somehow convinced us to extend our stay there..... Actually they didn't have to do a lot of convincing :-)

Hick!!!!! Excuse me....

Some new year poetry from the web.
To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.
- Author Unknown

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