Postcard from Venice

This is the day we got married and we are spending the day recollecting the crazy happiness of the day while roaming the foggy, shivery streets of Venice. In the photo, behind us stood a gondolier on his beautiful, black shining gondola.

Now five years ago we were preparing ourselves up for our big Indian marriage. Tons of our loved ones around us, we did the wedding march around the fire seven times with my family’s grinning priest who has seen me grow up. He peppered up the wedding rites with cute wisecracks and made it informal and really very happy.

Us from the wedding night

From immature years of dating to getting married, we have grown so much in these five years that it is a pleasure to look back and count our blessings. Especially when you have a partner who becomes your family. Your everything really. Can it get better than when you do it in a romantic and charming city?

We are in its spell. Once night creeps in, the magic doubles itself. What are your thoughts about the city?

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Arundhati Basu

The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.

19 thoughts on “Postcard from Venice

  1. I think Venice is my favorite city in Italy that I’ve seen so far. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it truly took my breath away as soon as we stepped out of the train station (and then again every time I looked down a different canal). You nailed it – it’s magical!

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    1. There will be more detailed updates on Venice. I could really go on and on. I am in her clutches πŸ™‚ Winter here is quite lovely because the crowds fall away off the streets, so you have her to yourself.

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  2. Just lovely. The both of you. Indian weddings (which I have not attended) I imagine to be similar to Mexican weddings (Plus the costumes). Long, and emotional… Here there is always lots of dancing. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you for the generous words, Brianji. Long-drawn (over days) and emotional, yes, with plenty of dancing too. I am not a fan of the dancing bit though. Makes me feel like buffoon!


      1. No I doubt I have, from the title. Let me go take a look at it.
        Indian weddings are exhausting. I remember clamouring for a beach wedding in Goa with very few attendees. It was shot down cruelly by both sets of parents. Sigh.


      2. A beach wedding in Goa would have been nice. They do that here too in CancΓΊn, or Ixtapa, either on the Caribbean or Pacific side.
        You can have it for your 10th anniversary.
        (Weddings here start the day before and go on the day after… Fortunately the dancing compensates the drinking.)
        Cheers my dear.


      3. Yeah no, dancing is good fun when you get into the rhythm of it. People gawking while you dance has always seemed a bit awkward to me. It is probably just me. Plenty of my friends love dancing at weddings.

        In Bengali weddings, we have no booze. Read: Waves of shock among Adi’s friends πŸ˜‰ But to be fair, to make up for that, my parents threw a cocktail party on a floating hotel where the alcohol flowed steadily through the night. This was, however, not intelligently, the night before the wedding.

        I have an idea about a wedding vow renewal on a beach someday. πŸ™‚


      4. Probably just you. Close your eyes and let the music flow inside… πŸ™‚ (I love dancing)
        Haha! Cocktail parties here too the night before. (Convergence of cultures?). To Mexicans it is just “warming up”.
        Beach sounds good. πŸ˜‰


      5. Ahem, don’t get me wrong. I love me some jigs too but just with friends in a dark bar/pub. πŸ˜› Also after a bit of alcohol boost.

        Cocktail parties the night before are a bad, bad idea. Especially if both the groom and bride are likely to go bonkers. πŸ™‚


      6. Haha! Maybe that is why they invented dark pubs… πŸ™‚
        And before, after… after all it is just an excuse to celebrate a unique event among friends and families. So it’s all right.


      7. You are right. I should just loosen up about the latter. Cheers Brianji, you are wise.


      8. Wise? Not so sure… I may have told you about the Mexican proverb: “The Devil knows more because he is old than because he is the Devil”. πŸ˜‰


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