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Nikhil Agarwal Weds Naina Prakash

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: One can never tell how the meandering road of Life brings two people together. In the case of this couple, you might say that divine intervention played a major role many years ago when Nikhil Agarwal was still a rebellious teenager. “I would go to the Houston Satya Sai Center […]

Anoop Shah Marries Pooja Verma

By Jawahar Malhotra AUSTIN: It was a baraat like no other as the puzzled guests assembled in the foyer of the large ballroom, with the wedding planners “shush-ing” them to keep quiet so that they wouldn’t startle the groom’s steed. “A quiet Indian wedding,” muttered a few. “Unheard of!!” Many impatient minutes later, after the […]

Rachel Rose Rohatgi Weds Ford Rainey

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: The skinny groomsman, Kevyn, caught the guests by surprise, as the opening notes of a pop tune engulfed the room, by jumping onstage to do some carefree dance moves. The rest of the groomsmen followed, bursting into an energetic dance line and the bridesmaids jumped followed in for a lively […]

Rajib Bhattacharjee Marries Corinne Turmelle

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: They were sweethearts, since they met in Klein Forest High School in their sophomore year in 2000. Now, 14 years later, Rajib Bhattacharjee and Corinne Turmelle tied the knot, first in a Civil ceremony on August 14 in Richardson, Texas, where they both live and then, last weekend again, on October […]

Nikisha Pasrija Weds Sean Hill

Nikisha Pasrija Weds Sean Hill

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The moment that he laid eyes on her when they both hailed the same taxi and tried to get in, he was smitten. He went home that evening and told his mom Carol that he had “found the one”, Sean Hill told the roomful of guests at the sangeet ceremony as […]

Ipshita Prakash – Sascha Pinto Engagement

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: The families of Ipshita Prakash and Sascha Pinto came together over the Labor Day Weekend to celebrate their engagement with many friends from the Houston area at the Sweetwater Country Club on Sunday, August 31. A three-man jazz and pop music band serenaded the guests as the couple made their […]

Storybook Indian Wedding Captivates Salt Lake City with Pomp, Revelry, Opulence

  For video clip click here   By Jawahar Malhotra SALT LAKE CITY: The pristine, cool morning air reverberated with the deafening sounds of the two dholuks that played in dueling cadence under the porte cochere of the Grand America Hotel entrance. The baratis (groom’s side) of the wedding party took their positions behind the […]

Gautam Sane Marries Priya Thakker

Gautam Sane Marries Priya Thakker

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: They met at a friend’s Christmas party in December 2012 and Gautam took the chance of asking her out through Facebook. Much to his delight, Priya accepted and that was the start of a yearlong courtship until he popped the question to her during a vacation with other friends last summer […]

Nicole Alam – Daniel Sullivan Engagement

Nicole Alam – Daniel Sullivan Engagement

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The huge backyard, with the tennis court on one side, of the Meyerland home of Sohail and Polly Alam was transformed into a garden party setting with white tables and chairs under a white tent and a buffet line clustered around the ash tree in the middle, white Chinese lanterns strewn […]

Abhishek Prasad Marries Lillian Fernandez

Abhishek Prasad Marries Lillian Fernandez

By Jawahar Malhotra RICHMOND, TX: As a child, the young Abhishek had always been pushed to excel, with his doting mother Rita at his side, whether at learning to play the tabla or mastering the courses in his high school, eventually earning a perfect 1600 on his SAT. But he always had a mischievous spirit […]

Newlyweds Sonia Tripathi and Matthew Sidorick

Newlyweds Sonia Tripathi and Matthew Sidorick

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: In almost all Indian weddings, the sangeet features some performances by amateurs who are family friends or artists hired just for the occasion. But for Sonia Tripathi’s sangeet, held at the Hilton Post Oak, there couldn’t have had any better performers than the bride’s sister and friends, all of whom are […]

Hubbs Makes Sure Desi Weddings Have an Electric Karma All Their Own

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Therese Cole Hubbs is no stranger to Hindi words like kanyadaan, hasta milap, jaimala, misri and antarpaat. In fact, it’s often the other way round.  Having coordinated six hundred and eleven Indian weddings with her wedding planning company, Electric Karma International, Therese is usually the one explaining Indian wedding rituals and […]

Pankaj Malani Marries Avnie Patel

Pankaj Malani Marries Avnie Patel

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Although the wedding is now just over two months old, people still stop and tell the married couple and their families what a spectacular event it was. Even though it was a destination wedding in Las Vegas, the bride and groom’s families left no stones unturned to make it feel like […]

Rishi Jajoo – Zeba Wunderlich Wedding

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: Rishi Jajoo, 29, a native of this city and the son of local City Councilman Harish Jajoo and his wife Shashi was married on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Zeba Wunderlich, also 29. Two weddings reflecting the Hindu and Baha’i faiths of the couple were […]

Mikita Roharia Weds Kevin Nguyen

By Jawahar Malhotra KYLE, TX:  The groom came up the driveway on a blazing red motorcycle dressed in the finest traditional Indian royal red silk embroidered kurta, gold chuddidaar pajama and a crimson turban with a flowing tail. Though there was no music or dhol, his baraatis were his groomsmen, clapping enthusiastically and taking improvised […]

Tradition Meets Hi-Def Technology and a Live Show at Jain Wedding

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: You have to be Houdini to pull off the feats of transforming the same banquet hall three times in a 24 hours for three separate events. That was exactly the plan that the Jain wedding planning crew had in mind. It took over 100 people each time to rush through the […]

Newlyweds Rachna Patel and Sanjay Alwani

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The pretty girl who would greet you with a warm smile and hello finally tied the knot with her Prince Charming two weeks ago at an elaborate wedding and a unique reception that evoked the feel of the Caribbean where her new husband and his family are from. Rachna Patel, the […]

Bhushans Still Blissful after 35 Years Together

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: After all those years, Sameet Bhushan recalled the moments before and after he got married to Indira and marveled how Time had gone by. “I was perfectly happy as a young man riding my motorbike,” he recalled, and then made it clear that his life had been just as happy afterwards […]

Houston Arts Alliances Celebrates the Art of the Indian Wedding

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: Houston Arts Alliance held a reception for its wedding exhibit, Anointed and Adorned, this past Thursday, June 6, which was marked by the presence of some 300 guests. Walking in, one was greeted by an impressive display designating the exhibit in simple lettering, ornamented by flower garlands, rangoli designing, and a […]

Anushka Kinra – Ali Ghazi-Askar Reception

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: Dressed in a heavily gold-embroidered, deep purple lengha and choli, her hands painted with henna designs, Anushka Kinra was describing the episode when she met her future husband as they stood in line to hear the schedules for their pediatric residency rotations in Chicago four years ago. “I had all […]

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