Not choppers or limos, NRI groom’s party travels on rickshaws

October 26th, 2008 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Oct 26 (IANS) Flaunting designer clothes, loads of jewellery and expensive accessories, a London-based NRI family chose a rather different way to travel to the wedding venue - pedal-rickshaws and horse carts. NRI Murli Vohra’s son Pawan ignored the usual mode of chartered aircraft, helicopters and limousines that rich people travel in to make a style statement on weddings.

Pawan, who was getting married at a gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Sector 11 here Saturday, hired 35 pedal rickshaws and half a dozen horse carts instead of luxury cars to drive the nearly 100 NRI ‘baraatis’ (groom’s party) to the wedding venue.

The ‘baraat’ did the two-km journey from 5-star Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 to Sector 11 with full pomp and show, much to the amusement of passers by and residents of the upscale localities.

All the hired rickshaws and horse carts were decked up with flowers to give them a wedding look. And the passengers kept dancing while they made their way to the venue.

“We wanted to do something unique. And this mode was environment-friendly too. We wanted to give a classical look to this wedding,” said Murli Vohra, a well-to-do London resident for over three decades.

Vohra’s son Pawan tied the knot here with Megha after a courtship.

The bride’s side was caught quite off-guard when the groom and his relatives came in the ‘poor-man’s’ mode of transport.

“We had been asking the groom’s side if they wanted us to arrange for vehicles for the baraat but they kept telling us not to worry as they would make the arrangements themselves. What they did was truly unique,” a relative of the bride said.

After the wedding was solemnized with traditional Sikh rituals, the bride and the groom also traveled some distance on a rickshaw.

“Many of those who were in the baraat were NRIs and were sitting on rickshaws for the first time in their lives,” said the groom’s aunt Namita.

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