Tuesday, March 8, 2011

53. Pay them to stay home

Brazen display of unaccounted wealth notwithstanding, the social sanction to getting-fatter-by-the-day Indian wedding has established moral decline of a recalcitrant society. Far from being questioned, the big fat weddings instead tweak middle-class aspirations to emulate it.

Unable to match the unenviable trend, many acquaintances with marriageable progeny have been shocked to learn that feeding each guest at the wedding could cost them upwards of Rs 2,000. Coupled with the often unreasonable price of the venue, thousand-odd guests can turn the one-night ceremony into a nightmare for the rest of the parents’ lives! As the couple exchange wedding vows on the auspicious day, traffic congestion triggered by additional number of cars hitting the road adds to the city woes. Adding insult to injury for the host, the expanded cuisine of predictable taste gets conveniently trashed at such weddings as well.

Can the growing carbon footprints of the big fat Indian wedding be checked? An ingenious solution is on offer! Let the marriage invitation remind the guests to celebrate the day with their respective families in the neighbourhood restaurant of their choice. To cover the dining expenses, the invitation will have a reasonable amount* tagged to it. Neither will food be wasted nor will guests tread extra miles. The decentralised carbon-friendly wedding will nevertheless get celebrated across the city at the same time as the bride and the groom solemnise their marriage in the company of their close families.

(*it could well be 5 times less than what one may pay for food for a family of 5 at the wedding)