Sitting in the lovely room with her mother, she was feeling extremely nervous. The damn garment weighed tonnes and weighed her down so bad that she couldn’t even pace around to calm her nerves. She had never used makeup in her life, and all that jewelry was making her feel nauseous. As she looked in the mirror, she saw a girl she couldn’t recognize. She looked all grown up and mature, almost like a stranger. She tried to fathom the sentiment in her eyes but couldn’t. They looked blank. It is another story that she had waited, literally pined for this day to dawn. Just the thought of the day had driven her mind to ecstasy. But now, she had a bad case of nerves.

She peeped through the curtains of her first floor room and could see a bunch of people walking into the venue through the gate. She was looking out for one particular man but could not make out any individuals in the melee. Everyone was smiling. There was a lot of festivity and happiness palpable in the air even though she could not hear any voices. Her mother was just gazing at her face quietly, not saying a word, no doubt experiencing a lot of emotions of her own. But the two of them just kept quiet while their minds raced. Then the door opened and in came the sister and cousin. It was time to go. It was time…

It was a surreal experience, as she went escorted by two pretty women on both sides. She kept her eyes low, as she walked towards a beautifully decorated stage. She could feel people turning to look at her, their conversations ceasing, and their eyes clearly glued on her. That walk of a few meters seemed the longest in her life. Somehow, she made it to the stage without tripping, falling or passing out. As she stood there waiting, little butterflies did a merry dance in her tummy. She could sense him come on to the stage before she saw him. He was surrounded by others. He had a big smile on his face, and his eyes were twinkling. That sight suddenly dissipated her nervousness. Her mind shut out the banter and noise, as she focused on his handsome face and her face broke out in a big smile. Oh yes, she wanted this. This was going to be fun after all, as he took her hands in his own warm ones. She swiftly pushed all anxieties away and got ready to undergo the rituals of a big, fat Indian wedding.

***

On 11th December, we celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! His eyes still twinkle!

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114 Thoughts on “To a new beginning!

  1. Wow, there is so much happiness in this pic! after a long time I am seeing a perfect picture of a blushing bride.. beautiful 🙂 Happy Anniversary Rachna! 🙂
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  2. And I am the first to wish you folks – A very lovely and happy wedding anniversary!

    Loved the snow flakes effect! 🙂
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  3. A lovely tribute to love!! Happy anniversary to all five of you.
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  4. Wow! Congrats and wishing you many more years of happy married life.

  5. Nice. Congrats and best wishes.
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  6. You mentioned warm hands and I knew that it was your own experience 🙂 Happy Anniversary Rachna and Gurdev
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  7. Sigh! What a lovely lovely lovely write up and super nice pic 🙂
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  8. Beauifully expressed Rachna. Wishing you and Gurudev, love, joy, happiness and everything that is needed to make your life wholesome and beautiful.

    Joy always,
    Susan
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  9. wow what a nice write up… Happy Wedding Anniversary Rachna 🙂

    You guys look very good together.. Touch wood !
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  10. Awwww .. Happy Aninversary Rachna. Here’s raising a toast to many many many more years of happiness and togetherness !
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  11. Wow Rachna! Happy Anniversary and here’s wishing you many more warm moments and days of twinkling eyes!
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  12. I went all aww reading that “He had twinkle in his eyes and ur and that she swiftly pushed anxieties away :)”
    Wish you many more years of happiness and Love.

    Afshan

  13. and ur was a typo ! Please ignore 🙂
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  14. You look so happy Rachna. Keep smiling. Both of you.
    My best wishes.

  15. Lovely post and an even lovelier photograph. Congratulations to you. May the smiles and the twinkling continue for all times to come. 🙂
    (PS – Acc. to some foreign tradition, the traditional gift for the 13th Anniversary is Lace. No, I am not trying to drop hints by saying read my ‘Super SEO Wala’ post.:D)
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  16. Wow! That picture says it all. You look so pretty and his smile justifies it all. Advance Anniversary wishes to both of you. May you celebrate many more decades of togetherness and may that twinkle in his eyes be there for you to adore always. God Bless You! 🙂
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  17. Awww…that was so cut!! Lovely you both look…Happy Anniversary…may the twinkle in his eye, the smile on your face and the love in your hearts never die!
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  18. Rachna, not a lot of posts make me go “Aww” – at least not in the positive sense of the word. I am man after all; we’re not great at expressing stuff. But then, this post has not just made me go aww, but I’ve just had to re-read, just because how beautifully you’ve described that bond you share, even prior to walking down that aisle. And the photograph, mashallah! Here’s wishing you and Mr.G, many many and lots more many years of marital bliss and togetherness. God Bless 🙂

    • That is such a heartwarming comment, Sid! Yes, I know all about not being able to express but you men have your spurts of brilliance, as I witnessed in your post that you penned on your lovely wife. I am happy that the emotions connected with you. On some level, all women feel this, and I am sure the men have the butterflies in their tummies too. I actually had a mad urge to run as well :). The occasion is just so momentous and beautiful. Thanks for the lovely wishes!
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  19. Rachna.. my wishes on your anniversary. That’s indeed a lovely journey. Congratulations on completing 13 years of togetherness and yes, you look like Kajol in that pic! 🙂
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  20. Congrats Rachna, loved the post and loved the picture even more. May you have many more decades of togetherness and may the twinkle in his eyes and the smiles on your face continue forever. Happy anniversary wishes in advance 😀
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  21. The closeness is very well expressed, Rachna! Best wishes to both of you! Be happy like this always!
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  22. That’s so heartfelt 🙂 so cute. Happy wedding anniversary… stay blessed.
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  23. Happy Anniversary to you both! And Rachna, what a beautiful picture and you are looking so pretty… the perfect happy bride! 🙂
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  24. Beautiful and warm post Rachna. Wish both of you a happy anniversary and many more to come. Touchwood!
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  25. Wish you a very happy anniversary Rachna 🙂 Warm post 🙂
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  26. What a lovely picture…hope the smiles are firmly in place even 13 years since. Wish you more of joy, love and everything in between. Happy Anniversary!
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  27. Wishing you a very happy anniversary Rachna! 13 years? That is like forever! 🙂
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  28. Look at that smile on you! More than pleased, weren’t you. Wish you both lots of love and joy. May your years of togetherness deepen your bond and your smiles.

    Hugs…
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  29. Bhavana Shankar Rao on December 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm said:

    A very happy anniversary to you and Gurudev.
    Beautifully written and I could almost visualise your wedding 🙂

  30. Wishing you a very happy anniversary and a day of rejoicing and more happiness with every passing day,Rachna 🙂

  31. Beautiful write up, and a beautiful picture too.
    Wishing you all the very best in life!

  32. Very happy anniversary ! My best wishes to the couple 🙂
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  33. Love this pic! A very happy anniversary to both of you! 🙂
    Stay blessed always! Cheers 🙂
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  34. Happy anniversary to you both! Such a vivid description of the bride waiting in the other room, all dressed up and ready to go. Heart-warming.

  35. Happy Anniversary there. That is a real happy happy picture of a happy occasion.

  36. A very happy anniversary to both of u (a belated one though) 🙂 You really summed up the anxieties, happiness and emotions of an Indian bride in a wonderful way!!! And both of you look awesome together on your wedding pic 🙂

  37. What a beautiful post Rachna – I felt like I was right there with you. What a precious memory! My husband and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary and we remembered all the drama of that day and the nervousness we both felt until that moment when we saw each other and suddenly everything else melted away. Love is such a calming force. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful memory!!
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  38. Ahhhh, (((My Big Fat Indian Wedding.)))

    I loved every word!

    Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple.
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  39. Wow.. this one’s straight from the heart Rachna! Happy Anniversary to both of you and many more to come. It’s a beautiful pic.. 🙂
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  40. Ah, so very visual……….almost went back in time. Love this pic of the two of you. Touchwood! Stay like this forever……<3

    Happy 13th once again…………looking forward to your blogpost about the 75th one 🙂
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  41. That was such a lovely post, and wishing you many more years of togetherness. Stay blessed
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  42. Lovely post…wishing you many more years of togetherness 🙂
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  43. Oh my my Rachna what a lovely post, straight from the heart. You wrote so well, I really felt like I was there.
    Wish you very happy wedding anniversary and many more years of togetherness.
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  44. Thanks so much, Disha!
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  45. That was a lovely read and I could so relate to this post.. congratulations
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  46. Aw! Such a beautiful post…made me kinda nostalgic! Keep writing!!

  47. You have described so well how a girl feels at the time of her wedding and the snap is just lovely.My heart-felt greetings to both of you-shine and twinkle!
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  48. If I didn’t know I could have sworn that you were talking about my wedding. The same gamut of emotions- nervousness, anxiety about what the future holds, feeling disconnected with the jewelry and the clothes and eyes searching for the one. And clarity dawns when you spot those twinkling eyes and that half smile which won you over so many years ago. Happy Anniversary Rachna (Belated but full of love) 😀
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  49. More than the make up, this smile is what makes you look gorgeous :-). A heart felt smile. Many more wishes 🙂 Wishing you many more years together 🙂
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  50. Such a cute picture and such a lovely post!!! A bride’s clothes, jewelry and makeup are more for the benefit of others than herself 🙂
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  51. Hi Rachna, Happy anniversary and good wishes. Looks like through your words you relived that moment long ago. That special moment we could be part of because of this post. That’s what I love about blogs.

  52. Such a beautiful post, Rachna. By now you must know that I am a fan of your love story! Here’s wishing you many, many, many, more happy years. 🙂

    And what a beautiful picture! You are glowing and your husband looks ecstatic. Lovely pic…one to treasure. 🙂

    PS: So late to comment on this post. Work is so hectic that it’s killing me. I am missing out on so much in the blog world! Glad I could wish you on time through FB.
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  53. Rachna,congratulations.My best wishes to both of you on this big day.
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  54. Sulekha on December 21, 2013 at 1:18 am said:

    Belated anniversary wishes, may the twinkle in his eyes keeps getting brighter 🙂

  55. I may be the last but not the least. I wish you a very happy anniversary (Belated) The photograph reflects the inner joy in the eyes of both of you. May you have many many more decades of togetherness.

  56. Congratulations to both of you! 🙂
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  57. dhiraj0620 on March 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm said:

    So nice Rachana…
    Wishing you happy anniversary…
    May God give you such a happiness forever….
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