I attended a neighbour's cousin's marriage. No it is not very uncommon in India considering that we consider neighbours as our extended family. But in this case I attended a marriage by driving 250 kilometers. This should start sounding little funny now!
When we got the invitation for this wedding, we thought that we would give it a miss as it is not even in Chennai. As the persistence of the neighbour kept increasing, my wife passed on the final decision to me. As usual, these kind of difficult decisions are left to me! I thought about it for a split second, and, surprisingly said "yes". I think the only reason why I said yes, was that I would get a chance to go for a long drive. I haven't gone on a long drive for quite sometime. And I am one, who loves driving on the highways. ok, ok, I hear you, Who is not?
In a place like Vellore, this Kalyana Mandapam is humungous. The name is Krishna Mahal. It is truly a Mahal. The Kalyana Mandapam was so huge that the dining capacity at a time is 450 persons. The main hall can seat somewhere like 2000 people. I dont think I have seen a marriage hall like this before in Chennai.
Overall, it was a good to have a day off from work and to do a long drive. With the current petrol prices, it is not highly recommended but once in a while you need this kind of luxury!!!