Thursday Hops #17

After a looooong time of almost exactly an year, we got to attend a family function today. It was my nephew’s engagement.

Due to the pandemic, only the immediate family – in India, ‘immediate family’ includes all brothers and sisters of the bride and groom and their families – were in attendance. In all, it was a gathering of 50-60 people. The function was held in a hall that could easily accommodate 200 in normal times, so that social distancing could be maintained to some extent.

We all went suitably masked and sanitized, but what with all the delicious snacks being served and photos being taken, the masks came off pretty early. We did keep slipping on the masks in between, but it was not easy.

Indian weddings, or engagements, don’t really lend themselves to social distancing, however hard you try.

I just fervently hope all of us stay fine and healthy. And here’s to the happy couple:

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I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure. In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on. As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more. Write to me at leenatpandey@gmail.com.

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