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Feb 2, 2006 - Finally....the wedding day arrives

FINALLY - the wedding day arrived....and what an amazing day this turned out to be. Trying to pull something like this off in Australia would be nearly impossible. The day started at 9am with another prayer ceremony in the home. Around 10.30, Rachna (Sumit's sister in law), donned in her wedding lehenga, placed a larged, mirrored water jug on her head, and to the beat of a drum and 9 piece marching band, all the women hit the streets, dancing our way to the local temple. We filled the water jug from a hand pumped fountain at the temple and...

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Jan 25, 2006 - Parts 1 and 2 of the Wedding Ceremonies

There are 4 events that are part of the wedding of Sumit and Kajal. The first we attended was the Ring Ceremony, held at a local reception house. Sumit and Kajal sat on red throne like chairs in the front of the room for thousands of photos with family and friends before the hundred odd guests ate and danced the night away to a DJ playing both western and India tunes. The 2nd event was last night - the Prayer Ceremony. On this day no-one is allowed to eat meat or eggs or drink alcohol. A massive marquee was erected in an empty block outside...

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Jan 20, 2006 - Traffic and home life in India

Hi All, Well I've arrived in Delhi and the pilot on landing announced Delhi to be a 'smokey 16 degrees'. Smokey?...I thought...strange description....but really, it was perfect. The air here is thick with dust and diesel fuel and my snot quickly turned black. Driving in India is wrought with dangers and I've never experienced chaos like this anywhere else in the world (including China!). To get to your destination here's a couple of things you'll need to negotiate: Forget the dozens of push bikes and motorbikes that are consistently weaving...

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Jan 19, 2006 - New Delhi

The sounds of a bird carousing and drinking water in the bucket under the shower woke us. In Claudia and Brian's bathroom they also had birds but theirs nicked the soap. Pigeons cooed in the loft above the room and came and went with the noisy flapping of wings, reminiscent of the Kathmandu Guest House. We remembered to turn the shower heaters on in time to have hot showers then breakfasted and packed. On the electrical switch board in the kitchen we saw a small picture of Jesus plugged in and asked a man the significance. He then turned...

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