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One more sleep......

We're off to India - for the tenth time - tomorrow.

So, we have been invited to our good friend Sabu's wedding in India and I am full of contrasting emotions and feelings about the trip, from anxiety to exhilaration.

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I am obviously super excited and delighted for Reena and Sabu and I feel extremely honoured that they have invited us to share this very special day with them.

However, I am seriously worried about the heat – I don't do well in temperatures above 37 °C, and the forecast is up to 46 °C during the day, dropping to a “cool” 30 °C (maybe) at night. That is way too hot for me, and I am concerned that I am going to be a floppy, wet rag most of the time.

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Add to that, the fact that (part of) the wedding is being held in Sabu's family's village in rural Rajasthan, with the nearest hotel some two hours' drive away, and we have an issue with accommodation. The sleeping arrangements are “loose” to say the least, with the idea being that people will bed down as and where they find space. Last time we stayed with Sabu's family, we slept on the farmhouse roof.

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It was a wonderfully fun experience for one night, but not something I would relish for a week (with a number of other wedding guests), with no privacy for sleeping or changing. I am getting too old for that sort of thing, or maybe just to fussy, missing my creature comforts after a very short while. With this in mind, we are taking our own tent to India this time. Although that will obviously not help with the heat (probably quite the opposite, as tents are notoriously hot inside), but at least it will give us some much needed privacy. Fortunately we have the baggage allowance, as Jet Airways permit you to take 2 bags at up to 23kg each. We have never flown with so much luggage, however, so it could be very interesting at the airports....

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Lastly, but not least, the photographer in me is of course over the moon at having the chance to photograph this very special occasion. We both feel very privileged to have the opportunity to experience an Indian wedding in India and being part of everything it involves.

Posted by Grete Howard 12:26 Archived in England

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I am really anxious to hear all about the marriage celebration.

by kay fuller ayoub

Keep safe and have a fabulous time.

by Lyn Gowler

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