Wedding ReceptionFebruary 23 in India ⋅ 🌙 25 °C
If there is a good side to our hotel (apart from the price) it's definitely the location: we literally have to cross a street (including some piles of rubbish, unidentified non-dead reptiles and dozens of non-vaccinated stray dogs) to reach the wedding venue: the White Houzz (yes, it's spelled like this...😕). And considering that neither Ludo nor I have Swiss punctuality among our main skills, it's definitely a plus...
I decide to wear my brand-new orange saree for the reception, but soon realise that I am not able to drap it alone and YouTube tutorials are not of much help 😥. Luckily, in the hotel lobby we find somebody who speaks English (or at least understands some words of what we are saying) and they send to our room a tiny woman who silently helps me wear the saree and refuses any form of compensation.
It's exactly 7.30pm when we reach the White Houzz: as the name suggests, the building is completely white but has been decorated with some heavily-coloured flowers and ornaments. The result is a Bollywood-style gold&pink reception hall! 🤷🏼♀️
Vishnu and Aish are on the stage and are taking pictures with their guests, who can reach the stage only after queueing up in a very long line. The wedding hall is still quite empty and I can only recognise a couple of familiar faces: my colleagues Shota, Paul and Yoana as well as Wesley, who used to work for Experteer until 3 years ago. Apparently all the others are staying at the Ibis hotel and it's taking them much longer than expected to reach the venue.
After lining up with the rest of the guests, we reach the stage and can finally greet Vishnu and Aish as well as their parents. They all seem truly happy to have us all there.
When the rest of our colleagues finally arrive, we learn that they got stuck in Bangalore's traffic and it took them over an hour to reach the White Houzz. As usual, the Google Maps prediction (15 minutes by car) was quite off...Read more