Regrettably I couldn’t make on Sridhar’s wedding day. Thank God, I wasn’t trapped in any other work on his reception day, the November 30, 2008. I kicked off my journey towards Ashok Pillar, where Hotel Gokulum is situated. It was a cloudy day such that rain can pour at any time. Not bothering about the weather I was travelling in midst of the snail traffic thinking about how many diversions would be there due to rain. The heavy rain, which lashed Chennai those days, was the reason behind the snail traffic. The bridge nearby Kasi theatre was crowded and people were seeing the lake as if it is to be a wonder. The water was about to touch the bridge, a rare sight in Chennai. At last I reached the destination with no difficulty.
Ashok called me to enquire my whereabouts. After disclosing my location he joined with me along keerthi’s brother. Stepped into the hotel and at the reception we came to know his reception was in progress at 4th floor. Using Lift, we reached 4th floor and there was a grand welcome by spraying “panneer” and distributed “kalkand” and “sandal water” and at the entrance another person was standing holding a tray with mango juice. By tasting the juice we glanced on the couples. They were busy posing photographs along with their known ones. By that time, one by one, joined the crew. Rajasekhar, Manikandan, Dinesh, Senthil and RC Karthik were those. What these people do when they gather? As usual, “vetti” chat begun by commenting each other. A surprise man came, its none other than our Sudeep along with a gift. Hurray, we got a gift :-). Later some time Sridhar had time to notice us and waved his hand. We assumed he waved towards us only. By that time second round of mango juice was happily going on. Later we decided to take photo along with the couple and started approaching him. Suddenly there was a commotion inside our group. Sudeep was missing along with the gift and we took a brief look around the hall, at corner he was busy in a phone call. After seeing him only we all got relaxed and settled down on chair till his return (gift avan kittala iruku :-)). Later we congratulated the couples and posed for photograph by standing as per the photographer’s instruction. Then what next?
Banthithan. Buffet was arranged on the terrace. We had a good dinner over there. There too that photographer didn’t leave us. He made us to stand in a “U” shape and took us photographs. Dinesh and RC Karthik had a very fast attack during dinner. After enquiring for the reason RC has to start to Bangalore and still 45 min more to catch the bus. They hurried up and soon left the spot. We took our own time. After dinner we bid good-bye to the couples and came out by collecting “thamboolam”. Rajsekhar started scolding me for not collecting the thamboolam. Without understanding I told him what I am going to do with?. He replied machi we cooking in my room at least you should have got and give it to me. I started laughing, ada machi shall I go and get for you? He replied with no. Before we left the place we had a chat about our next meet. Along with Senthil I started and after dropping Senthil at Tiruvanmiyur I reached my room.
I wish Sridhar and Krithiga a happy married life.