A House in the Village

Since I left Pondicherry last July, I’ve been trying to think how to continue this blog while living in New York. They aren’t exactly Postcards from Pondicherry if I’m writing from New York, so I’m considering how I might restructure the format and goals of the blog. But for now, I’m back in Pondicherry for …

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A Tamil Reception: “Happy Married Life!”

A continuation of the tale of my wedding in Pondicherry. Catch up with my other posts about the civil registration, the planning stages, and the Buddhist ceremony. After the ceremony, I was hurried backstage to change from my white sari into the red one. My husband went into the other dressing room to change from …

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Even Buddhist Weddings Need a Little Drama

So far I've written about the Indian Special Marriage Act registration process, and the excitement of planning a Buddhist/Tamil wedding in three months. This chapter is about our Buddhist wedding ceremony, including traditional rituals and unexpected drama.... We were supposed to meet at the marriage hall at 6pm, for the ceremony to begin at 6:30. …

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Wedding Preparations, Part 1: Logistics

In the U.S., the time and care and planning that you put into a wedding is culturally amplified as highly crucial. We have professional wedding planners, thematic Pinterest pages, mail-order magazines, and trade shows. There’s not only Say Yes To The Dress (classic) but also that really weird and recently-renewed TV show Four Weddings, where …

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