GSB Singapore Badminton!


In the wake of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu emerging as Olympic Champions in the field of Badminton, every indians love towards the sport has increased manifold. Not that the sport wasn’t famous before the rise of these 2 super stars but now it is even more audience.

GSB’s at SG are active across all forms of sports with Badminton being the latest attraction and this was the 2nd tournament organised by fellow GSB’s. Over 40 folks participated both young and old πŸ™‚

A fun filled morning started on 14th of April and being a Public Holiday, the turn out was even more than the 1st one. Tampines Hub was the venue which has over 25 indoor courts. The atmosphere was thrilling and on the other side was terribly hot πŸ˜›

Men’s doubles, Ladies doubles and kids singles were the groups. All enthusiasts were on their heels for the start of the each game. 4 courts were booked from 7am to 10am and it was more than sufficient to drain out each one of our energy πŸ™‚ **Ammi Amase Punve ek vela khelche paleya** πŸ˜› (Sorry folks, can’t translate this into english :D)

Organizing such a event is truly wonderful experience and Nagraj Shenoy Maam and team made sure that there was absolutely no shortcomings. Kudos to them for arranging one and getting all of us involved. Kids are always fascinated and excited when they get a gift and this was made sure by Purnima maayi who sponsored trophies for all winners as well as medals for kids. Truly a wonderful moment to see the kids glow with happiness πŸ™‚ and who doesn’t love to pose for pictures? πŸ™‚ There should be someone behind the lens as well for this. Thanks Shyam for the wonderful captures. πŸ™‚

Amchi’s and no food!! Can this ever happen?? “Ambica’s Fine Dine” to the rescue – πŸ™‚ Upma was on the menu and was super yummy.

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Got a chance to play doubles with a uncle who was quite old enough and guess what, his age was 70! No, I am not kidding. He plays 3 times a week from 8am to 10am. Getting some tips from him for the drops and the smashes that I played was wonderful. πŸ™‚ ** pats my back πŸ˜› **

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In front of him, I was nothing in terms of fitness. Being at SG, people around you always remind you about being fit no matter what your age is. Are you fit? πŸ˜‰

All in all, it was a wonderful get-together and this time around was to lose some calories than to gain πŸ™‚ ** I will not even talk about the 2 days after the tournament. Let all your imaginations flow πŸ˜€ **

Cheers,
Muki

#KiniFamilyAtSingapore :)


Tickets are booked, my brother exclaimed!!! πŸ™‚ My joy knew no bounds. A dream come true after 4 years and finally parents and brother were coming down to Singapore for couple of weeks πŸ™‚

Ever since I moved to SG, I always wanted to get my parents and brother to experience the beauty & awesomeness of this counrty. Something or the other always came in between and this trip never became a reality. Excitement was super high and their travel was approaching fast. It was my parents first ever international travel and having them here was just about the amazing feeling that I could get. Mugdha too was on her heels and counting days to 27th January πŸ™‚

Day 1: 27th January, 2017

Final few information on call before they boarded the flight and then they were off. We could not wait for the clock to tick 6pm πŸ™‚ Wifey had prepared welcome boards for parents as well as Mannu Bannu πŸ™‚ Yes, that what she calls him πŸ˜€

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Then we see them walking out. That Feeling!! Cannot express and I guess it is one of those moments that I will cherish through out my life. Seeing them all smiles and they seeing us all smiles – πŸ™‚

…… and they are finally here!!!! πŸ™‚ #family #Singapore #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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This day was so so long! We spoke spoke and spoke as if there was no tomorrow. The happiness wasn’t sinking in, it still is not even after almost 2 weeks of they coming down. It was truly amazing. It was almost 2 when we actually thought it was a nice idea to sleep πŸ˜€

Day 2: 28th January, 2017

The iconic Marina Bay Sands was planned right before anything else. That “WOW” feeling which one gets watching the boat on top of 3 huge towers, that makes the SG trip complete πŸ™‚

img_20170128_162332 img_20170128_163117Merlion welcomed them by showering water from its mouth πŸ˜‰

❀️ #Singapore #MerlionPark #family #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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Even though rains spoilt most of our evening, we made it count with a back up plan and headed out towards Suntec City mall with those amazingly huge showrooms with a hell lot on display. Fountain of wealth added on to the list with beautiful evening by the fountain which was truly wonderful experience. Dad was fascinated with those sexy cars on display with Lamborgini and Ferrari taking him off his foot πŸ™‚

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I am sure this was one day we walked walked and walked! So much. Trust me, now I realise that I should not have taken them around so much right on the first day. The excitement of being in SG drove them, but otherwise it was really a tiring day. Dad & wifey went for a huge walk around the Bedok reservoir park early morning. A round trip home, is approximately 7kms and with talks and lot of talks, they both had a very good walk and talk time πŸ™‚ This added on to their step-o-meter and by late evening, both of them were feeling each of their steps πŸ˜€

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Italian Gelato – something quite new and tasty which they loved. πŸ™‚ Always curious and ready to do something new, my parents were totally loving it here at SG.

Day 3: 29th January, 2017

Dad is a shoe freak and I am his son πŸ™‚ So I don’t need to explain more. We both went down for some ‘Shoe Shopping’ πŸ™‚

Nike it was! He was totally blown away with the amount of shoes on display and so with the price when compared to those in India. Just 2 shoes and he had already done his decision πŸ™‚ Quick and fast, we were out with a wide smile on his face with a big orange box in his hand πŸ™‚

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Showing him my current client place at Changi Business Park was a proud moment.

Sentosa!!!! πŸ™‚

Complete 2nd half dedicated solely to this amazing place. Started off with a trip on the monorail. First time experience for parents, brother as well as my wife. Even though she is in SG for the past 6 months, we did not visit the most important tourist attractions – Sentosa. So all in all, everyone were excited.

Cable car ride was thrilling. This was an internal cable car, which took us from Imbiah Station all the way till the Siloso Beach and back. To our left, it was completely sea shore with those huge ships with containers docked up. To our right we had the amazing Singapore city. It was truly mesmirizing.

Post the cable car ride, parents visited Madam Tussads as dad was so keen on meeting up with Narendra Modi πŸ™‚ Yes, he is a huge fan and this visit to see his wax statue was worth it. His excitement is totally seen below:

Mannu, Mugdha and myself tried the skyline-luge! Luge is something very similar to Go-Kart with the only difference being, no accelerator here and this works only down the slope. Pull a bit and you are off with a little more pull applies the brakes. It is one awesome ride to experience. Go down the mountain via the luge and come up on the skyline. Skyline is similar to the cable car but an open one πŸ™‚ Its totally worth it.

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Our 3rd attraction was supposed to be Sea Aquarium but due to time constraint we could not make it and hence visited the Tiger Tower. Over 20 storeys high and rotating a very slow speed, the view is absolutely magnificient. Even Malaysia can be seen from the top.

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The day ended with the absolutely brilliant and mind blowing lazer show – Wings of Time! All were floored by this one and their expression post the show said it all. An award winning show which captures everyones eyes. One cannot miss this show if you visit Sentosa Islands.

All in all an eventful day with lot of amazing things seen. Days were flying off and the happiness amongst us was just too hard to contain.

Day 4: 30th January, 2017

As it was Chineese New Year weekend, me and Mugdha both had a long weekend and it was good time for parents to come down. Fort Canning Park and Clarke Quay were on the cards.

img_20170130_173046Rains spoilt the evening with Fort Canning just did not happen. Getting wet in the rains was fun, but the overall site visit did not serve the purpose. Clarke Quay on the other hand was a silent but lovely experience. Due to rains, the crowd was less and as the evening progressed the rains drifted off. We enjoyed the lovely evening by the Boat Quay as well as the walk through those amazing restaurants across the river.

Commenting on the folks who enjoyed the reverse bungee jump was super fun! We were so much into it that we wanted the bungee to twist and turn multiple times just for us to feel the adrenaline πŸ˜› Poor people who rode the one during those multiple turns might have had hearts in their mouth πŸ˜€

img_20170130_182037When you do not get to roam around, sitting at a place and enjoying the beauty with your loved ones gives a different kind of happiness alltogether.

We visited one amazing restaurant, Annalakshmi – where by you eat as much as you like and also pay as much as you like. Yes! That’s their model with only vegeterian food on the menu. I must say, it was delicious. After the long walks that we did, it was full-filling. Ambience of the place and the warm welcome added on to it. There was this lady who looked like a newbee cooking those ‘Aapams’ and most of the one she prepared were undercooked. People were waiting for it and she in a hurry gave away the undercooked ones as well πŸ˜€ Mannu was at his best. He waited till all left, sat around with eye on the aapams and right when it was good, he would tell us to go and get it πŸ˜€ In that way, she was not pressurized and we did not get the undercooked ones πŸ™‚

img_20170130_155845All in all a good day to sign off.

Day 5: 31st January, 2017

5th and 6th day of their visit, I & wifey both had to return back to office. As Marina Bay Observation deck was not ticked off our list, we decided to visit in the evening. Luckily the rains took a break and the weather was perfect to enjoy the view atop 56th floor of Marina Bay Sands.

Parents, bro and wifey were awestruck from that amazing view of the skyline on one side and the garden view from the other. Even though my dad has the fear of heights, standing on top there, was he says is one of the best experiences he ever had in his life. So it was for mom and bro. Pics Pics and more pics followed before we sat down and enjoyed that amazing view. It just wasn’t sinking in for them.

A glimpse of “Infinity Pool” from one side of the deck and that was one more thing which is worth a visit. Only guests who stay at the hotel have access to the pool and hence this one is still pending for them as well as me πŸ™‚

By now, they were well versed with the MRT and bus routes around our place and just giving them the directions would suffice. :)you

Day 6: 1st February, 2017

A day off from travel and it was a couple of meetings scheduled for dad and brother with dinner at Ambica’s place. As usual, it was super fun to be around with the hosts – ‘The Kudva’s’ πŸ™‚ The lil kudva with his ‘bappa, bappa’ calls. Just love him more and even more every single time you meet. Away from India, parents were happy to meet Bavaji and Ambica and it felt like a family reunion they mentioned. Even though they had met only once earlier backΒ  in India, this was like a long family get together πŸ™‚ Thanks to Bavaji & Ambica for making the evening memorable πŸ™‚

Day 7: 2nd February, 2017

It was shopping day! πŸ™‚ Shopping is so much fun, with parents around and buying stuffs for them is even more fun πŸ™‚

China Town is always the goto place in SG for souvenirs and the fridge magnets which usually are given as gifts. You cannot stop yourself from filling your basket. Such are the stuffs around there, for any shopping freak, it would definitely be worth a visit. As the name goes, the street just outside the MRT station is filled up quite a lot of shops with loads and loads of eye catching things.

We took off to Little India post China Town. Any Indian coming to SG, the visit is not complete without a visit to Little India and Mustaffa πŸ™‚ Name any Chocolates, they have it. Visiting such an enormous store which has every single thing that you would want in your life – from pin to gold πŸ™‚ Yes, I am not joking, he does sell Gold as well. Worthy experience.

It was very kind of my boss to come down to little india to have dinner with my family. I really appreciate his care and concern, even after being my boss he did come over for dinner as a matter of respect towards my parents. Thanks boss πŸ™‚

Dinner with VIPs 😊 #singapore #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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Day 8: 3rd February, 2017

Again a rain spoilt evening at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. My first ever visit to this amazing place (I know, staying is SG for so long and still the first trip πŸ˜› ) and I was spell bound at the way they have constructed this whole gardens just next to the bay. If not for the rains, it would definitely be even more fun filled. Not that we could not look into any of the attractions inside there. The ones we did visit were truly majestic, specially the Supertree Groove. GoPro really does wonders in capturing this amazing view in a single shot πŸ™‚

 

Mannu as usual is brilliant with his photography skills which is evident from his instagram page – www.instagram.com/mildwave . Some of his pictures were beyond amazing and the way he clicked those were also worth a watch πŸ˜›

img_20170203_1753122 umbrellas and 5 folks πŸ™‚ Umbrella Management was the key here πŸ˜€ With me and dad being the thinnest of the lot, we took one umbrella and the other 3, not so thinnest took one more πŸ˜› Drenched in the rains, this was an amazing walk down the gardens.

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There are quite a lot of things to cover here and I am going to have a full day dedicated to this place in the coming weekend πŸ™‚

With rains pouring down, wifey had something hot and yummy prepared – Onion Pakodas πŸ™‚ Absolutely yummy from wifey! The weather added flavor to it πŸ™‚

Day 9: 4th February, 2017

This was the best day I must say. All 5 at home, with no plans whatsoever πŸ™‚ Lots of games of cards which I won πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (obvisously πŸ˜› ) and getting some handy tips from 2 big Chartered Accountants was worth every minute. A late evening visit to Bedok Reservoir Park summed up the day. Dad already was in awe of this place for its 5km jogging track around the reservoir which early morning has its own charm. The serene surrounding made the evening with family truly worth living. πŸ™‚ Cannot describe sometimes the feeling of having your loved ones around. Sometimes its sad that we all are not together every single day. I really and heartily want that day to come soon!

They mean the world to me! ❀️ #Singapore #KiniFamilyAtSingapore #onepluslife #oneplus

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Some more shopping followed with a visit to the nearby huge mall. The superstore here called ‘Fair Price’ had a lot to offer as well πŸ™‚ We are always good at shopping πŸ˜€ It was a good day which ended me watching the Chelsea game on the huge screen at the Tampines Hub πŸ˜› Yes, Chelsea won by a comfortable scoreline.

Pani Puri time it was back at home. All sitting down, waiting for their share of Puris πŸ™‚ Ahaa, this added so much taste to the pani puri πŸ™‚ Finger licking good πŸ™‚

Day 10: 5th February, 2017

The feeling of having missed out on the ‘Sea Aquarium’ was too much to bear for me and I somehow managed to fit in one more day at Sentosa πŸ™‚ Yes, dedicated to ‘Sea Aquarium’ and the lovely beaches. πŸ™‚

‘Sea Aquarium’ – one word for this experience is “SOOTHING”.

Getting to see so many underwater creatures, some of which we would not even imagine exists is wonderful. For aqua maniacs it is bliss. Sharks, Sting Rays, Fishes – tons of them. Its just wow πŸ™‚

Even though there is no scarcity for beaches back in Manipal for them, the Siloso beach here at Sentosa has its own charm. The lovely sunset with bunch of ships in the foreground makes the sunset worth watching πŸ™‚

Miss those amazing days at #Singapore! This one at Sentosa, Amma enjoying the view :)) #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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Back home, it was yummy patholi time πŸ™‚ A konkani dish prepared with the jaggery and rice dough steamed with turmeric leaves πŸ™‚Β  Yummy!! Yes, my tummy is growing πŸ˜›

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Day 11: 6th February, 2017

The feeling had already started to kick in! Just one more day and they would be traveling back to India and I wanted the time to stop, rewind back 10 days and start playing in loops for ever.

Day 12: 7th February, 2017

9pm was their flight back to Bengaluru and since the previous day, eyes were moist, heart quite heavy. We all had such an amazing time and we dint want it to end. This feeling was mutual amongs all of us.

For dad, it was his long wish to travel abroad and away from his office chores, no phone calls as well, he was totally in a holiday mood. Amma on the other hand, hates travelling. Forget Singapore, she does not travel down to her mothers place Koteshwar which is hardly 30 mins from Manipal often. For her to come down, relax and spend quality time with her whole family and not feeling the tension which she usually does during travel which is something which made all of us super happy. Many more trips in the days to come for sure to SG πŸ™‚ Just love having her around. Finally, for brother, it was a cool vacation πŸ™‚ Enjoy till it lasts – his mantra. His one liners always a killer. As the day progresses, he gets into his groove and there is no arguing with him when it comes to his killer instincts. The atmosphere with him around just turns electric πŸ™‚

Dad always had his morning ‘SHOPPING’ walks πŸ˜€ Post morning tea, he would go around our neighbourhood and shop for something or the other. Fruits were on top priority with a couple of new items everyday and then it came to croceries, utensils and what not πŸ˜€ and guess what he even managed to bargain and get items from here πŸ™‚ Just can’t believe it πŸ™‚ Parents named Murugan stores as ‘Shanmugam’ πŸ˜› and the Tampines bus interchange as ‘Majestic’ πŸ˜€ I don’t think, we will ever call these by their right names ahead πŸ˜€

Wifey was at her super best, fully busy cooking and serving as many lovely yummy dishes as possible whenever she found time. Pizza’s, Patholi, Happla Peet, Meethi Parota, Brinjal Yennegai and the list goes on and on and on! Out of her excitement, she was confused as to what to do and what not to. Love her for everything she has done.

Overall, it was such an amazing trip that I cannot thank malshi enough for making this one a reality. A long long dream fulfilled πŸ™‚ Wishing many more of these to come at regular intervals πŸ™‚

Love you all!

Cheers,
Muki

A fun filled Foodie Get-Together :)


It was an amazing get together with friends yesterday – A Foodie One I must say πŸ™‚

Ambica is a lady who is always kind and smiling with a heart so wide open that she has always been there for me here ever since I moved to SG. Whenever I need her the most and by most which has 99% been for yummy konkani delicacies πŸ˜‰ – a home away from home, she has been there πŸ™‚

Yesterday was one more foodie get together at Ambica’s, with Raghu, Sudhir, Rohith and the lovely couple πŸ˜‰ (no prizes for guessing here πŸ˜› ). As usual, full of fun, a lot of food and still more food happened. πŸ™‚

With Raghu & Sudhir turning into forced bachelorhood, Rohith about to leave bachelorhood, this meet up was nice but would have been more fun if Aks and Jaya too were around with the kids. Nonetheless, Jhankis were not deprived of πŸ™‚ and the menu was quite a thing with a fish starter, paneer chilly, stuffed mushroom and paneer ghee roast. All finger licking good (yeah, I meant it for the veggie part here πŸ˜› ). Main course had Pulav with Raita and Pomfret fish (as I heard it πŸ˜€ ) cooked inside a banana leaf. Drools heard over the room πŸ˜€

Paneer Ghee Roast
Paneer Ghee Roast
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Falooda
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Paneer Chilly
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Stuffed Mushrooms
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Chicken Something πŸ˜€
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Pomfret Masala on Banana leaf

Master Vinayak with his super energetic “Bappa” calls filled total energy to the evening and yes those “Pachi” calls did pinch a bit πŸ˜› (Mugdha are you reading? πŸ˜› )

The Kokke Gang :)
The Kokke Gang πŸ™‚

Thanks Ambica and Bavaji for being such an amazing host, having us all over for this amazing evening. A BBQ early 2017 on the cards πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Muki

Shopping Diaries!


Shopping! The word itself lits up many eyes specially for the ladies out there but not necessarily for all πŸ˜‰ (let me play little safe here :P)

Wedding dates rushing super fast and there had to be a short trip back to India to complete all the shopping! By look of it, it seems a simple task but when you really get into a wedding shopping then the list is humongous. Aunts, uncles, cousins, friends. The list goes on and on!!

Thanks to parents and my master mind brother, we could chalk out a list with what things needs to be bought, where and how many. Sometimes, if you have a plan and act accordingly then it’s as simple as it is. So was our wedding shopping. Trust me, with everything set prior to my touch down, one and half days we winded up almost everything.

Bengaluru is just an amazing place to be and we got to buy few saris from the Weaver’s themselves. Big brands buy from these and we end up paying double the price for just the brand. Some beautiful sari from these Weaver’s were very pleasant to the eyes. Also, we ended up in one wholesale shop for sari known to my fiancee and end to end sari selection was completed in record time of 4hrs πŸ™‚ Even though I wasn’t very actively involved in it, but the way these guys sell those is magnificent. By the look of it, you can’t say which is what and unless and until you have in-depth knowledge about silks you can be caught off guard and duped easily.

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Cricket – Integral Part of Every Indians Life! :)


Who does not love cricket being born in India? πŸ™‚

A chance to play cricket through out during childhood every single evening was one of thing that I will cherish through out my life. Grab your cycle, visit each of your friend’s place and give a shout, gather maximum people and then enjoy the lovely game. I always heard my father telling me, if you don’t call your friends going to their house each day, won’t they come to play? πŸ™‚ That was part of the fun. Get to bat, bowl and keep and your day is at its best.

I still recollect those days when we cousins used to stay over at my grandparents place. So much cricket that, wake up, have breakfast and play cricket. Come down for lunch, wrap it up in a jiffy and again play cricket. Evening go out to the beach or outside on the ground and again play cricket πŸ™‚ No, I really am not exaggerating these above things. This is what we used to do for the whole of summer holidays and trust me we loved every bit of it. Of course, we did not have mobile phones or Playstations to play with like how kids of this new generation have, so we found solace in out-door games and cricket was on top of our list.

It so happened and I am lucky that cricket has been integral part of my life till date. Engineering days playing for your class team, during masters playing for University, at Tata Elxsi playing for the company team every week in week out with the best of the corporate teams of Bangalore. I must thank Chetan Jayatheerta for giving me that excellent chance to be in the team and enjoy every bit of it and on course learn a lot as well. After moving to Singapore, I did have a break from cricket for obvious reasons (read as work :P) but nonetheless, I did play for my boss’s team on a turf wicket and quite a number of those Cage Cricket games where in you hit the walls and you score runs. It is not as much fun as the open ground cricket but definitely if your technique is good then you succeed in scoring πŸ™‚ Twice a month we colleagues play over at the ground around Changi Business Park in Singapore and through some recently made friends at client places, I also did get a chance to play in a couple of tournaments as well πŸ™‚

The fun tournament was last week at ECP – GSB Samaj Cricket tournament played between 6 teams and each consisting of 7 players out of which 2 were either kids or women. 6 overs a side inside the cage and the fun was unlimited. Being part of GSB community even after coming over to Singapore is one of the best things that could have happened and definitely knowing new people each visit is always worth it. Even though my team lost both the games, the spirit with which each team played was commendable. Looking forward to many more of such tournaments.

All set for the Start of the tournament!

 

Did manage to play a good game πŸ™‚
My team with the Trophy (Just posing :P)
The total team with full of energy

I really wished our game were uploaded live on the UC Cricket plugin which has some amazing features which one must definitely try out. Had it been done, my mother would have loved to watch me play each and every game of mine with absolute happiness πŸ™‚ http://www.ucweb.com/ visit the link to know more on the same.

This blogspot is part of the Indiblogger Surf it all post.

Cheers,
Muki

Stand & Dance – Team Pachajanya :)


Finally! I get the video from the Mehendi dance which I was referring to in my earlier post. Haven’t read it yet? – Here is the link to the same:Β Big Fat Konkani Wedding πŸ™‚

It was amazing to be back on stage once again after my masters πŸ™‚ I know you all were badly waiting to see me dance πŸ˜›

Enjoy the video. Hope you all like it!!

Cheers,
Muki

The Big Fat Konkani Wedding :)


It was almost a month and a half earlier since I had applied for my leaves and getting back to India for a short vacation was just too exciting! Nah, don’t go by the title, I wasn’t going for my wedding πŸ™‚ It was my cousin’s wedding. More than the wedding it was the full family get together along with time being spent with parents and brother that was getting me excited. Finally, April 30th,2015 Β – India did beckon πŸ™‚

The to-do tasks on my cellphone were more and with wedding around, time was quite less in hand. When you have mom around you, then there is nothing to worry about! Forget everything and leave it to her. She knows what is the best. That’s why she is called mom πŸ™‚

Family :)
Family πŸ™‚

The weddings in our Konkani tradition are usually a 3 day thing but with the introductionΒ of Mehendi and Reception, it’s a big 5 days wedding!

Day 1 – Vadap – ItΒ is a very close family gathering wherein the elders who are no more with us are remembered and respected by keeping dhoti for gents and sari for women followed by lunch. Its kind of short ritual which is known as “Vadap”. The next day was the mehendi and hence, all cousins from our side had planned for a small dance program which as usual dint have any preparations done. It was almost after ages we all cousins were meeting together in one place and the happiness was beyond boundaries and by having our lil angel Nadantika( my cousins daughter ) amongst us, the happiness was beyond expression of words.

The practice for the dance started at around 8pm, with all contributing actively towards the same. As the guys side too had planned for quite a few numbers, we girls side dint want to stand back and watch. Humko bhi dikhana tha πŸ˜‰ It was a simple stand and dance with a combination of various songs such as ‘Washing Powder Nirma’, ‘Jaane Ja’, ‘Bhaag dk Bose’ and many more with the final one coming from Ulidavru Kandante movie – The Tiger dance πŸ™‚ the tiger dance is very famous dance in the south part of India where guys gets painted with Tiger stripes and dance to the tunes of various hit numbers as well as the typical tiger beat from the drums. We made sure, the brides dad too was part of this final act of Tiger Dance πŸ™‚

Day 2 – Mehendi Day – was absolutely wonderful with our simple yet effective dance winning us lot of appreciations! Job well done with just over 2hrs practice πŸ™‚ Special thanks to our choreographer @hemukamath for all the in-depth details πŸ™‚ more than anything else, the star performer for the day was Nadantika with her solo for the song – “Radha on the Dance floor”. She was looking absolutely gorgeous with her attire and her steps with expressions just made the day wonderful! I so wanted to post a video of our dance but I am yet to receive a copy of the same. Will happen soon, as IΒ know you are super excited to see my dance πŸ˜›

Stand and Dane :)
Stand and Dane πŸ™‚
Mehendi
Mehendi

Day 3 – Vade Tandul Dhuvche – This day, the whole family is invited wherein water is pulled out from the well and the rice is washed over in order to prepare a different type of vada(no, not the idli sambhar vada πŸ˜‰ ) and is served over to all which is followed by Pooja and sumptuous Konkani lunch πŸ™‚ Basically a women centric ritual where men just have the job of driving women to the destination and back πŸ˜‰ After the noon function and lunch, evening we cousins played out a game called “TABOO” which was just too amazing! Haven’t heard about this game from funskool? Google.com is waiting for you πŸ˜› Thanks to Pujan for introducing us to this lovely game. Taboo was followed by ‘Sweet Packing’ πŸ™‚ It was just amazing to have all sit in one place, pulling each others legs and get the job done in a jiffy! More the people more merry it is.

Gorgeous Ladies
Gorgeous Ladies
Sweet Packing!
Sweet Packing!

Day 4 – Wedding day – Just suit up and pose for pics πŸ™‚ That’s all we have to do as most of the work is for bride, the groom and their parents! The selfie stick from flipkart did the trick for me even though I did not get the one I had ordered for but the one I got too was good enough to click some lovely images during the complete ceremony πŸ™‚ the photo booth idea was quite a nice one with various hoardings to hold and pose at! The heat was unbearable due to which, food consumption just went way too low with water being the only saviour. The best part of being at a wedding is that, you get to meet so many friends and family members who you can catch up with at one place! It was indeed a pleasant function with lots of memories to take away from. Good as well as bad πŸ™‚

GentleMen :)
GentleMen πŸ™‚
The Dudes!
The Dudes!
Cousins with the Bride
Cousins with the Bride
Big Family :)
Big Family πŸ™‚
Handsome Hunks
Handsome Hunks
Cousins!
Cousins!
Pretty Mom and Handsome Dad!
Pretty Mom and Handsome Dad!
:)
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Bharath Mata Ki Jai :)
Bharath Mata Ki Jai πŸ™‚
With my Angel - Nadantika
With my Angel – Nadantika

Day 5 – Reception – Mangalore was the place of reception. It was a very formal function marking the end to the big wedding. The only though running through out my mind was next day is the last day of my vacations and sooner I will have to get back to work!

After so much fun over a week time with family and coming back now to Singapore, it was just amazing to recollect in this post the super awesome moments I spent back in India. Family is one thing that always is by you any time of the day and any number of times – Just a phone call away! πŸ™‚

Arun and Archana - Happy Married Life.
Arun and Archana – Happy Married Life.

Wishing Arun and Archana a very Happy Married Life πŸ™‚

India until next time πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Muki