Taste of Ludhiana with an edgy wedding
Posted by srijita das on August 9, 2017
Punjabi weddings are known for its romp-pomp shows. Weddings are a lavish affair here and just like the rich culture of Punjab; these marriage ceremonies are fun and entertaining. A good friend and a colleague of mine had this fantastic event celebrated in her life. I consider myself the luckiest as I could witness and become a part of her grand occasion. This was the first time I have been to a big fat Punjabi wedding and realized why are Indian weddings so popular around the globe.
Tragedy hit my fate when I couldn’t arrange my transport to Ludhiana from Delhi, where the wedding was carried with great gaiety. The function was on the next day, and I had absolutely nothing mapped out for my travel. My brother came to rescue when he quickly booked my Bus tickets online through Travelyaari, and I packed my bags with lots of joy. The bus was scheduled on the same night at around 10:30 PM.
The seats were booked with ‘Travel Point Delhi,’ and I had the best hassle-free journey. I reached dot at 4:30 AM in Ludhiana and took a local tape drive from the bus station to the farmhouse of my friend.
To my surprise, the house was glittering with fun and joy even as early as 5:00 AM. Although my mind felt heavy due to sleep deprivation, the enthusiasm of the house took away all of it. I met few known faces here and eventually witnessed my co-worker. She came running to me with her eyes glittering with happiness. It felt as if we met after a decade, but it was merely two days we were away. She led me to a room where I held my luggage and changed my clothes after a warm bath. I came down to find out the remainder of the function. It was the ‘haldi’ ceremony now, where I made sure my friend is all bathed in turmeric.
Later, after a joyful ‘haldi’ event, I met few of my acquaintances here and laid out to explore this beautiful land. Have I said that this little town has plenty of fields that robbed the most of our time today? We expended a great deal of time hanging around in the agro-fields while feeling the smell of the soil and its harvests. We had borrowed a vehicle from one of the guests at the wedding that helped us traveling around this place.
We first headed to Chaura Bazaar and were taken aback with its radiance. This marketplace is a haven for women. It possesses an infinite number of shops dedicated only to artificial and gold jewelry. The patterns and the intricate of every accessory redefines fashion. We also found a lot of stores committed only to clothes and various handlooms. This place gave me every reason to come back here for shopping.
We shopped until our tummies growled for food. There are a lot of food stalls and Dhabas here to feed you until your soul is satisfied. We had two plates, each of Chole Kulche and jalebis. We hogged like monsters in the streets while hopping from one stall to the other to taste Kababs, dal, and Parathas.
Until our clothes fitted us a little firm, we got back into the car and headed back towards the farmhouse.
In the evening, all decked up we arrived at the venue of the marriage in an arranged bus. Sweet, simple and romantic, my colleague’s wedding in Ludhiana was just that. With an unusual bridal outfit color which suited her to perfection and all the trappings that come along with weddings here, this matrimony was all things colorful. It takes a bold bride to rock a bright look, and my colleague was just that. With a bride and groom in Maroon and peach, these guys upped the ante with their edgy style.
Apart from the grand wedding, there was some royal food welcoming us with its delicate aroma. I soon reached out to the stalls and ate until my heart’s content. This place was magic as one could eat it all that he has ever wished for. There is no other way to savor the flavors of Punjab in a great wedding like this.
Some of my favorite dishes from the wedding are Machi Amritsari, Dal Makhani, Paneer Tikka, Murgh Malaiwala and Aloo Kulcha. Although there were many other courses of meals but, just the thought of my favorites from the wedding fills my mouth with water.
I hugged my brother tightly for having booked my bus tickets online even at such short notice. It was all his efforts that made my trip to Ludhiana from Delhi possible and I could return with plenty stories to narrate and write.
PS: Are you a Punjabi too? Please do not miss sending me your wedding invitations.
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Srijita is a travel writer and is currently on a mission to discover and write about lesser known destinations. She attempts to reach out to the world and talk about her experiences she had while adventuring into the woods or sometimes in the waves of an ocean, in her blogs. She loves to eat everything edible and dreams about touring the world.