No matter where you go in India, you will find traditions that are vastly different from the rest of the country. So it is with festivals, so it is with weddings.
As we travel to the east of this colourful country, we take a peek at their wedding traditions, studded expectedly with customs and rituals as diverse as language, as beautiful as heritage. However, common threads do come into sight, and it is at these threads that we pull to unravel the glorious traditions that grace the weddings of Bengal.
It starts with a simple ‘Ashirbaad’. In a Bengali style engagement, the groom’s parents and the groom himself visit the bride, and shower the to-be-weds with fresh rice grain and trefoil. As a custom in the more affluent section of society, gold is also given as a gift to the couple.
Following this, the wedding customs follow in quick succession, starting with the ‘Gaye Holud’, a ceremony that is observed under different names across the country. Here, the bride and groom are bathed with water and smeared with turmeric paste in their respective places of residence. The elder ladies of the families perform this ritual, heralding blessings and new beginnings for the couple.
Before the wedding, the bride’s face is smeared with turmeric,
in a tradition that is known to make holy and purify
The first real glimpse of Bengali tradition comes into picture with the ‘DodhiMonogol’ wherein, on the day of the wedding, seven married women of the bride’s family place the quintessentially Bengali red-and-white bangles on the bride’s wrists.
The bride’s wrists are adorned with the trademark Bengali red-and-white bangles on the day of her wedding.
On the day of the wedding, the groom is ushered into the hall and showered with flowers and new clothes by the parents of the bride. Then, it is time for the bride to make her regal entrance on a raised stool known as a pidi.
A small platform, embellished with soft stones and draperies is used to usher the bride into the hall.
What is fascinating and unique about her entrance is that it is done by her brothers, who carry the bride to her husband-to-be, as she covers her face with a pair of betel leaves. The ritual that follows – ‘Shubho Drishti’ – then allows for the couple to catch their first glimpse of each other, as the bride lowers the betel leaves.
The bride lowers the betel leaves, and casts her gaze upon the man she is destined to marry, for the very first time on the day of her wedding.
The bride and groom then exchange garlands strung with fresh blooms, with the bride still seated on the pidi. While the custom of brides and grooms throwing garlands around each other’s necks is prevalent across the country, it is only in the Bengali wedding ceremony that we witness the bride doing it from her perch on a bedecked platform!
Soon after the garlands have exchanged sides, the father of the blushing bride offers his daughter’s hand to the groom, asking for his undying devotion to her in return. The groom accepts the responsibility of a family man in this ceremony, known in Bengali tradition as the ‘Sampradan’.
The Sampradanmarks the moment when a bride’s father offers the groom his daughter’s hand in exchange for a lifetime of love and loyalty.
Amid chants and solemn hymns that follow the emotional Sampradan, the bride and groom begin their journey as a married couple, by taking seven sacred steps around the ritualistic fire. With each step they take, they promise to cherish each other and stay devote to each other for an eternity.
The newly-weds take their first steps as a couple around a sacred fire.
A traditional Bengali wedding culminates in a moment of unique significance, when the groom smears vermillion or sindooron the bride’s forehead, marking their union. He then places a traditional white-and-red saree on her head, a custom that sees the wedding to its blessed end.
It is their uniqueness that makes Bengali weddings a picture of perfection.
Bengali weddings are full of fun and uniqueness. They are one-of-a-kind in appearance and customs, right from the bride’s attire to the groom’s glistening crown, from the bride’s entrance to the final journey as a couple. The food is heavy with sweets and snacks, and the wedding itself is a celebration of divinity more than anything else. It is truly an event to witness and embrace as one of the finest cultural experiences that Indian weddings have to offer!
The big day is around the corner. The bride is getting steadily edgier as the list of things to do is getting longer, and the time in which to do them is winding down. So, as one of her gal pals, what do you do? You throw a good old bachelorette party!
Now, we know what you’re thinking. A bachelorette party? With the overly obvious decor? There’s no set of rules carved in stone; you can go as mellow or as mad as you want when you’re throwing a fun bachelorette party. Here’s how you can make it memorable!
First, get your playlist ready. Keep those songs upbeat, tracks that will keep everyone bobbing on the balls of their feet all night, numbers that will raise the roof. We’re talking plenty of ‘Dilliwali Girlfriend’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. Throw in some of the old classics from the 90s. We hear anything by Katy Perry is party-perfect, so bring her along on your playlist!
Got your groove on? Great. Let’s talk about the food. This is a bachelorette party. So, it’s your job to convince the bride to abandon her bridal fitness regimen for a night. Bring home as much junk food as your tastebuds crave. Burgers, fries, pizza, samosas, chips… the works. Don’t forget dessert. You’ll need something to smear the bride-to-be’s face with, after all. Drinks definitely need to be a part of the menu, so fill up those pitchers with margaritas and mojitos, and a few mocktails for those abstaining, too!
It’s time to add that ‘fun’ element we mentioned earlier. So, bring out your playing hats, ladies, and get your game face on. Drinking games are a bachelorette party-favourite. ‘Drink if you have a tattoo’, ‘Drink if you have a secret piercing’ or ‘Drink if you’re up for a great evening’: sounds like something a great girls’ night in (or out!) would include, doesn’t it? Get working on those cheeky questions! Everything’s better with a secret and a drink.
You got your music, you got your eats, you got your games, but without the ambience it’s just any other party. But we’ve got you covered; here are a few DIY decor tips to brighten up the place. Three things are an absolute must: balloons, giveaways and streamers.
Finally, you’ve made it to the end of your party, and you can’t really feel your feet anymore. The room’s spinning and your ears are ringing from the sound of laughter and music. So, you’ll need a survival kit to make it to the wedding. A box of little comfort will ideally contain a box of chocolates, a bag of caffeine, hand sanitizer and mints. Give these to your girlfriends because, trust us, they’ll need it in the morning after.
So, there you go! You’re all set to throw a raving bachelorette party to give your best friend a thumping good send off to the married world! Tell us how it goes in the comments below. Spare us none of the juicy details!
White weddings remind many of a winter wonderland, and with good reason. Between the white gowns and white roses, there’s little or nothing that strikes the imagination! But what if we told you that you can spruce it up? There’s a plethora of themes that will add a bit of interest to your white wedding, to make it look less like a traditional church wedding, and more of a tasteful carnival.
Here are a few backdrops that go great with a white wedding!
Do away with those silver lamps. Candles are here to stay! They are refreshingly original, they look spectacular, and they add to a certain romantic allure that most white weddings innately possess. Paired with the right amount of beige and green, you can set the stage for a staggeringly pretty wedding that photographers will absolutely love!
Old ‘n’ New
Bring on the contemporary flourish with a throwback to the classic white, with a white wedding that gives everyone a view of the metropolis. Go bold, go geometry with your backdrop. Get wooded shelves that are both eclectic and aesthetically pleasing, and adorn them with flowers that stretch your imagination beyond roses and lilies!
A glint of rubies
Then again, maybe your personality demands a classy setting. Something borrowed from fairy tales of childhood, that put you in mind of gardens and meadows, of red woods and bliss. So how about a beautiful rosy setting to starkly stand out against white? Think petals strewn across the flooring, roses embellishing the aisle and demure lights twinkling behind you as you vow to commit to a forever.
One thing woefully disregarded at weddings are the outdoors. We’re not talking about open lawns and gardens – no, we’ve seen loads of those at Indian weddings. We’re talking about being surrounded by nature. How grand it would be to stand beneath a canopy, with sunshine dancing through the trees and birds chirping mellifluously as you tie the knot? If you can’t find the perfect woods for your nuptials, you can always recreate it with the right amount of green and bliss!
So what if you’ve opted for a budget wedding? That doesn’t mean you have to opt out of beauty too! All you need are fresh white drapes and curtain holders and you’re good to go! Watch that backdrop bring the surroundings to life with its simplicity and set the tone for a solemn occasion. With five or six vases brimming with fresh flowers adding a sprinkling of colour to the stage, your wedding is all set to keep cameras flashing!
White weddings don’t have be all white. The days of uniform monotone are long past. So go crazy with your flowers and your centrepieces! Take inspiration from these ideas and who knows, maybe you’ll have a sixth one to add to this list.
Whimsical, classy, quirky, urban, retro, sophisticated – which of these routes are you looking at for that engagement party you have in mind? Or maybe you’re considering going a whole new way altogether. There are over a hundred different themes to choose from today. From DIY décor to a floral extravaganza, we’ve seen it and done it all.
At Taarini, we enjoy a good party as much as the next bride and groom. There’s nothing we love more than doing what we do! So, believe us when we tell you the best ways to sweeten up your engagement are just one phone call or email away.
Before you do that, though, here are a few ideas we have in mind. So, you can consider their merit and pick up the phone!
If you’re thinking of a formal gathering with friend and the now extended family, there’s nothing better than an elegant engagement. Allow your guests to pause and smell the roses, and appreciate the scent of nature pervading the venue. The soothing colour of pale pink rose blossoms is sure to create a romantic atmosphere.
Step into a garden of love to announce your engagement. Nothing adds to jollity like sunshine pouring in on wide, open spaces. If you’re planning on a DIY wedding, start with a DIY engagement – make your own cake, lanterns and streamers to add a personal touch to everything around you. Revel in your happiness with a few slices of cake, some champagne and show off the bling on that ring!
Before you wonder what could possibly be captivating about a lesser-known theme such as the Moroccan one, you might want to get into a more colourful headspace. Think plush green lawns set up with scrubbed wooden tables; mystical lamps placed in every corner; lanterns hanging from pink and orange streamers; an ocean of colour that seems unlikely to fade. Seems delightfully different, doesn’t it? Don’t wait, just go for it.
There’s something undeniably enchanting about a spark at night time. Call your guests over for a bonfire night, and let them see sparks fly between you and your beloved as you announce your engagement. Light up those fairy lights b the lawn chairs, light up a warm fire, and light up your future as you step into it with your loved one on your arm. Add a bit of singing, a bit of dancing, and you’ve got yourself an engagement night you’ll never forget.
Deep down, we’re all romantics at heart. We crave the beauty and celebration that comes from being able to tell the world that we’ve found the one person we’ve been looking for. So, when this moment comes, why lay low when you can shout it from the rooftops? We’ve shown you a fair few ways to do that. Got more? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
It’s almost wedding time. Your face already has that sparkle which only comes from expecting a flourish, pomp and show. All those days leading up to the big day have been spent checking and double-checking every bead on your blouse every crease on his sherwani; every carefully packed giveaway, every centrepiece for dinner. But while you were going through all these details, you’ve also enjoyed the anticipation that comes with the sangeet, easily one of India’s most fun and entertaining parts of a wedding!
Song, dance and merriment with a lot of laughter – who doesn’t enjoy a good sangeet? It’s something for everyone. So how do you make sure that it stands out among the hustle and bustle of wedding preparations? At Taarini, we’ve seen our fair share of bombastic sangeets, so here’s how you can be all set for your own!
Calling all Dancing Queens:
Oops! Some of your guests have shown up with high heels, haven’t they? And we all know how hard it can be to burn the dance floor with your feet groaning thanks to those pair of stilettos. That’s why it’s always advisable to leave a stand full of comfy flats at the entrance. Tell your guests to slip into a pair before they start to revel to pumped up Bollywood numbers. To make these flats and flip-flops festive, consider getting them in gold and silver colours, or go the whole hog and get funky with them! Bedazzle the slippers with rhinestones, zentangle a few, just go crazy!
Er no, it’s not what you’re thinking of. Have you considered using props at your sangeet? Pretty, glittering poms poms to shake in the air as you dance along to your favourite beats. They’ll make for a great surprise at the sangeet, where all everyone expects is some music and games. Besides, these pretty little pom poms are DIY, so you can make them yourself! Guests can also take them as they’re leaving – kind of like a ‘thank you for coming’ giveaway. If you’re into the idea of using props, you could also consider getting some quirky ones like comically large sunglasses, or headbands that light up in the dark to create a perfect party atmosphere.
There’s nothing people like more than choosing what to shake a leg to. Everyone has that one song that really gets them going. Whether it’s a peppy Bollywood number or a Trance special from Europe, they would love to be their own DJ. So give them just that! For a whole hour, let your guests pick their favourite songs and perform to it. Give them a DJ hat, a funky set-up, the works. Just set the atmosphere and you’re good to go!
So there you have it! We’ve shared with you three unique and sure-shot ways of cranking it up a notch when it comes to your sangeet. We know our Indian weddings, and if there’s one things that people do remember (apart from the food!) from the ceremonies, it is a raging sangeet. So have fun, blow it up and don’t forget to tell us if these tips came in handy – just leave your comments below!
Fancy a big fat wedding in true Indian fashion? The lights, the lehengas, the band, the baraat, the clangour, the colour… there is a world of wedding details to pore over, especially when you’re hoping for a fairy tale destination wedding. From Goa to Kerala, from Rajasthan to Mussorie, India offers you places that are waiting to help create memories for you and your significant other.
Here are our top picks for the top destinations in India for a big fat wedding:
Udaipur: The city of lakes and palaces and luxury and dreams – and that of your holy matrimony. Udaipur is a romantic oasis. So it should come as no surprise, really, that couples from every corner of India are booking their flights to this Rajasthani destination. From pre-wedding shoots in the lawns of Leela Palace to post-wedding bliss in the middle of Lake Pichhola, Udaipur is the place to be for young couples who wish to celebrate their union in a grand manner. Add to the mix the colour and vibrant sounds of Rajasthan, and you’ve got yourself quite the royal treatment!
Goa: Beach wedding! A little bit of sun, a little bit of sand, and a whole lot of love. That’s a Goa wedding for you. The place is a patchwork of breathtaking sunsets, wonderful architecture, lush green open spaces and a fresh sense of freedom. A beach resort sounds like the perfect idea for a fun wedding in Goa, doesn’t it? A fabulous tropical theme for the morning ceremonies, followed by a softly-lit fairy light experience on the sands to host our friends and family for a reception – now that’s an Indian wedding that’s out of the box!
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: An unusual yet ideal destination for a beautiful wedding ae the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Picture this: just you and your beloved, in a secluded beach at sunset, basking in the light of your recent nuptials. There’s nothing quite like celebrating on sandy beaches from dawn till dusk, with all your near and dear ones with you, in the shade of palm trees on Havelock Islands. (We suggest bright pink and orange colours for our wedding to go with the tropical colours!)
Neemrana Fort: Beaches not your thing? We get it. The last thing some of us want to deal with is sand in our gowns or frizz in our glossy hair. So how about a touch of grandeur and heritage? Head on over to the Neemrana Fort near Gurgaon! It is a magnificent structure that is a photographer’s delight. Perfect for a day-long wedding party, this fort will make your wedding even more special. After all, marriage is a fortress that vows to survive the test of time.
Mussoorie: Make couples wish they were you, standing atop the Queen of Hills, saying ‘I Do’. Imagine getting married against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, the Milky Way stretching across the heavens above. Magical, isn’t it? The very air up there carries the sweet aroma of romance, made to bring love closer than ever in a knot that promises forever. There’s nothing better than a wedding picture in Mussoorie, with the mountains in the background and flowers blossoming in the valley much like the love between you and your significant other.
Why stay content with an everyday destination like a mantapor hotel room, however grandiose? It’s time to embrace what nature can offer you when it comes to creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding day. Whether it’s a budget wedding or a carefully planned big fat Indian wedding, there’s a destination for all of you.
Don’t believe us? Get in touch, and we’ll change your mind!
When you think big fat Indian wedding, your mind wanders to a grand display of holy matrimony: song, dance, flowers, gold, elephants, grooms like princes, brides like goddesses. There’s only one word to describe it: grandeur.
North Indian weddings constantly redefine grandeur. With their customs standing so starkly in contrast to South Indian traditions, weddings up north are very different from weddings that take place in the south, east or west of India.
Taarini gives you a glimpse of the most significant wedding traditions of North India:
Sagai: It all begins with the sagai. The engagement ceremony is a party in itself. Today, the sagai is an occasion of much pomp and show. Guests including friends and family witness the announcement of nuptials between the two families. It is a way to show and tell the world to “save the date” for there will be a wedding in the offing.
Sangeet: Easily one of the most fun and looked-forward-to event preceding a North Indian wedding, the sangeet is a get together of both families along with friends to make merry a couple of nights before the wedding. Although it carries little or no religious significance, it sets the tone for the endless celebration that is a typical North Indian wedding. In today’s day and age of fun and Instagram-ready fashion, the sangeet has become an evening of non-stop song and dance, with both families trying to outdo the other with dance moves, true Bollywood style!
Mehendi: Said to be one of sixteen adornments that a bride needs to wear for her wedding, mehendi is a deep red or brown temporary tattoo that embellishes a bride’s hands and feet. Such is the popularity of the mehendi ceremony that it has travelled down south over the years and even spread its merry tendrils to the west and east. While traditional families prefer to host a separate mehendi and sangeet ceremonies, several others are turning to joint ceremony to stick to their strict budget weddings.
Baraat: A familiar sight in Bollywood movies is the well-known baraat. On the auspicious wedding day, the groom and his family arrive at the venue in a formal procession called the baraat. The groom arrives on a horse surrounded by family and friends dancing to energetic drum beats. The man of the hour is greeted at the entrance by the bride’s family with a customary tika on his forehead, welcoming him to their family.
Phera: This is perhaps the most auspicious custom of a North Indian wedding. The bride and groom sit around a small fire, as hymns are chanted, creating an austere and solemn atmosphere. The groom ties the holy thread or mangalsutra around the bride’s neck after invoking the blessings of the almighty. They then take their first steps around the fire as husband and wife, making vows to each other, to protect and treasure each other for evermore.
There are other important rituals and traditions such as the kanyadaan, jai mala and vidaai which form part of North Indian weddings. Their significance can never be emphasised enough, for every tradition comes with its own special meaning. Perhaps there is one particular custom you hold close to your heart? Let us know in the comments below!
Have you glanced at your parents’ wedding invitation? Or your grandparents’? It’s a whole world apart from what you see in your mailbox today. The style, the lettering, the conventions… they’re all different. Today, things are grander, quirkier, more colourful, less traditional and, we’ll say it, inviting to look at.
Maybe we should take a moment to reflect on how things changed with something so fundamental to a wedding. Where did the custom of sending out letters end and how did the age of quirk dawn?
It all started with the Middle Ages. A town crier would go around, walking through the streets with an important scroll of parchment in his hand. He would ascend the steps of the town towers or pedestals at the town centers, and announce the betrothal in a loud, carrying voice. As more and more people became literate, some of the noble and wealthier families started to pay monks to write invitations in intricate calligraphy, along with the family crest on top. They would then send these out with a seal of wax so reminiscent of period movies we all watch and enjoy.
But with the dawn on the 17th century, the printing press was rolled into the world. Invitations then became accessible to middle class households. Printed invitations would be sent to families, bearing the names of guests on the piece of paper. It is believed that the final invite was topped with tissue paper to protect the card from smudges.
As the world embraced this practice, India too, thanks to the British Raj, welcomed the tradition with much enthusiasm. It was first the Indian royalty, the merchants and landlords, who were eager to partake of this colonial practice before it became popular across the country. They contained no poetry, no prose, just plain text that named the wedding party, and bore the guest’s name on the front.
Soon, however, wedding invitations grew to become an artist’s delight. They started to carry richer, more vivid colours such as gold and red. The emphasis shifted from merely naming the couple and the guests, to providing design and art. Some extravagant cards even went so far as to be studded with tiny semi-precious stones as a way to show off the family’s financial worth. Though the invitation followed the conventional “flip and open” mantra, they had turned a whole lot more innovative than before!
Today, bold is in. Invitations come in all forms – boxed, flower-shaped, musical cards, scrolls, and even booklets! Poetry is often inscribed inside the invite, telling the story of the couple’s whirlwind romance, or else just heralding in a new start to their lives ahead. Illustrations, theme-based paintings and even caricatures have found a place on our wedding invitations!
So what will your card look like? A throwback to the minimal 50s, or an embrace of the eclectic present? A combination of vintage and varied, perhaps, to bring out your own unique persona. Whatever it is, it will have its place in wedding card history.
Your family wants an elaborate bun decorated with small flowers and rhinestones. Your friends tell you to let your hair down in soft curls. Your mother wants mellow makeup. Your bridesmaids tell you to get spunky. Is it any wonder, then, that you’re slowly turning into a bridezilla that’s unable to pick a hairstyle and a makeup arrangement to go with it? We get it – it’s hard to zero in on a particular hairstyle that’s in keeping with the times and make sure everyone around you is happy. So, here’s the lowdown on staying a bride, and straying away from bridezilla.
Have some fun with the bun
We’ve all seen the simple, traditional bun. While it looks neat and tidy, a bride needs a bit more. So give the side-parted ringlet bun a chance. It looks sophisticated and also gives you a chance to flaunt some stunning motifs. It’s quite easy to do it yourself, too, which will be of great help, especially if your wedding is a budget wedding. Here is a simple tutorial to help you out!
A throwback to the classic. A touch of the contemporary. Who says only Disney princesses could flaunt thick braids that are as flawless as they are beautiful? With some imagination (and a helpful Taarini tip), you could look every bit as pretty as Elsa or Jasmine! A soft, loose romantic braid hairstyle is just the ticket to enhance your beauty. What’s more, tis hairstyle perfectly supports the maang tikka, so that’s an added bonus. If you’re doing it yourself, you might want to check this out.
Another braid that’s growing in popularity among brides is the Mermaid Braid. It goes great with a simple lehenga and blouse, something pastel and matte. Now, it’s a little tricky to get it right the first time, so you may want to get someone’s help doing it. Better yet, get a friend to do it for you! It’s simple once you get the hang of it. Don’t take our word for it, though – see for yourself!
Curls and twirls
Given that a bridal outfits are bedecked and possibly heavier than yourself, how about taking the “less is more” philosophy route when it comes to your hairstyle? Opt for relaxed curls and pin them for a casual yet elegant vibe. All you need is a curling iron, some bobby pins and a few minutes of your precious time. Pro tip: go in for a Jhumar when your curls are set. You won’t regret it.
These hairstyles work great for budget weddings, because they’re all DIY. They’ll come in handy for other occasions too – a sangeet, a mehendi ceremony or even a roaring bachelorette party. So be sure to try them out and let us know what you think in the comments below. We’d love to see what gets brides all excited when it comes to styling those lustrous locks!
Ever since Pinterest, DIY has stormed into weddings with an unprecedented success. Before a DIY wedding, who would’ve thought that centrepieces could look so beautiful and cost close to nothng? It’s not just weddings – even bachelorette parties and sangeet have turned into DIY affairs, with everything to show for it including bright hues, stunning paper craft and delicate décor.
For an important function like the mehendi ceremony, you’ll need to bring your DIY A-Game to the fore. But worry not, because Taarini shows you six ways to transform your mehendi ceremony!
Cut the chai, cut out the rest
Cutting chai glasses come in delightful colours and patterns these days. From bright pinks and oranges, to summery florals and gradients, you’re spoilt for choice! These glasses make for great décor at an informal gathering. Your mehendi ceremony is a light, fun event with family members relaxing in each other’s presence for the first time. So, make sure your décor adds to the merriment too!
If your mehendi ceremony is at home, as it is more or less done across India, your couch needs a little sprucing up. Whether it is a cane sofa or a soft faux leather couch, you’re bound to have cushions. Bring home some attractive cushion covers to bring your surroundings to life. Think Aztec prints and ethnic designs. Think multi-colour happiness. All in all, think festive!
Do away with fairy lights for a change. They’re pretty, absolutely, but do you know what’s prettier? Lanterns. Handcrafted, paper lanterns. They’re astonishingly easy to make, and they take close to no time at all! What’s more, they’re a real treat for the eyes. You can pick up video tutorials anywhere, but hey, if you want them done in double-quick time, Taarini is always here to help you out!
Under your umbrella
Appliqued umbrellas are one of Jaipur’s finest gifts to wedding ceremonies. Honestly, they sparkle with the kind of energy only Jaipur possesses. These umbrellas, when hung from the ceiling, along with small paper lanterns or pinwheels, look like a million bucks. They’ll go great with mehendi ceremonies, especially if your theme is all-Indian.
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Thank us for the thalis
Why look outside for craft when you can bring it out from within you? Handcrafted and hand-painted thalis for placing gifts and cards at your mehendi ceremony. Push aside those pastels and welcome the truly Indian hues – we’re talking reds and golds, greens and orange. These are regal, festive and celebratory. And what is a mehendi ceremony if not one grand celebration of all the good things yet to come!
So get ready to keep calm and henna on, ladies. It’s your evening, so make it as special as you want it to be. Almost everything can be put together with a bit of fun, patience and those precious minutes you can steal away from saree shopping or just admiring your little gold and diamond trinkets!