It is always said that “Marriages are made in heaven, but only the reception takes place here on Earth.” It is a cliche we all know. But when you seriously think about it, there may be some truth behind it. I definitely believe strongly.
Over the last 10 years, we have published several real wedding stories in the Desh-Videsh wedding issue. When I read the newlyweds’ answers to the question “How did you meet,” my feelings about this cliche become even stronger.
Some of you may know how Aruna and I met, but let me share for those who do not know. After I received my engineering degree from M S University, I was all set to come to the US as a single man on a student visa. My mother was not happy since I was going to the US without getting married. But I convinced her by telling her that I will be back in two years to get married. But a heavenly power had some other ideas for me. In those old days, we had to take a medical exam before we apply for the US visa. So I went for exam, and guess what I failed. I had some tropical weather germs in my stomach. So I had to take three weeks medical treatment with a doctor approved by the US embassy. After three weeks I went for medical exam and I passed and got my visa. Unfortunately my admission to the US was cancelled. So I had to start my admission process all over again for the next semester, which meant I had to wait six months, giving my mother good reason to plan my marriage. Meanwhile by pure coincidence Aruna was visiting India from Nairobi and it just happened that my father’s good friend was Aruna’s uncle. I am sure you can guess the rest of the story. So after reading this, wouldn’t you agree that our “jodi” was decided in heaven?
Enough about me – let me come back to our wedding issue, the most popular of the year. In this issue, we present real weddings and wedding planning tips. Whether you are the bride or groom, planning a wedding for your loved ones, or gearing up to attend your friend or your close relative’s wedding, you will find this issue very informative.
As usual, we received quite a few real wedding submissions, and we thank each of them for sharing their stories. Unfortunately, we can not publish all of them. This issue, we are excited to share two beautiful Muslim weddings. Often, when we ask Muslim brides and grooms to submit their weddings, the bride is too shy to submit. On behalf the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to thank these two families for sharing their story. I hope you enjoy these and the rest of the stories.
No Desh-Videsh wedding issue is complete without a Bollywood wedding, and this issue, we present one of the biggest Bollywood weddings that has been in the news since over the last few months – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
And last but not definitely not least, we are announcing the first of our 2019 MyShadi Bridal Expos. As announced before, we plan to add two to three new cities to our ever growing list of cities where we host our these bridal shows. On March 31, 2019, we will host MyShadi Bridal Expo in Raleigh, North Carolina. Look for details in this issue, and please help us spread the word. We will announce dates for MyShadi Bridal Expos in Atlanta and Orlando soon.
We look forward to seeing you at these shows!