OK, back to some pictures. But this time not of Las Vegas.
One of the other programmers here was recently married. As stated before, about half of our programmers are from India – most not directly, that is this is not their first US job. But they all go back to visit periodically. Last month Pandi went back and was married. He showed us the photos of his wedding and it looked quite different than a typical US wedding.
I was just struck by the colors. And the crowd all tight together. For US weddings the predominant colors are black and white. Usually the groom is in a black tux and the bride in a white wedding gown. About the only splashes of color are the dresses of the bridesmaids. There are too many stories about brides picking out horrible colors and styles for her group to wear, and of people spending lots of money on an outfit they will only wear once. The guys get off easy – it’s usually just a one day tux rental. Even if the bride pics colors for the tux it still is about the same price as black. I didn't see an Elvis anywhere in the crowd, so it must not be Vegas.
But this seems so much more of a celebration – instead of a bouquet it’s flowers all over the place.
Besides the small shots he also came back with some larger ‘formal’ pictures. These are about 9x14 inches, (bigger than US standard, probably some metric paper size) and very different than what you see in American photo albums. Almost reminded me of a Ballywood musical. All had interesting photo print masks, some with shots of the parents scattered someplace on the image.
The groom had both traditional dress photos and western style suit photos. The bride had traditional henna hand tattoos.
She came back to Vegas with him, but is returning to India tomorrow, still has another year of school to finish. We’re off to lunch with the couple to say goodbye.
For Clare (I keep forgetting, sorry)
1. To have friends that share their experiences with you.
2. Things are different around the world, leaving a lot of new experiences available.
3. To learn something new about somebody else.