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Tamil Bride
*2006-12-07 oochappan

Tamil Bride

Mamallapuram

Marriage of Pitchai's Daughter, fisherman of Devaneri.

Not always keen on marriages as many Tamils know that these arranged marriage ceremonies seems
always rather like a chaotic show in big marriage-halls and often people go already to eat even
before the ceremony has finished.

OK it still gives a cosy festival mood where half of the village meet each other in their best
outfit, having a free meal and somewhere a copple get married at the same, almost a fancy-fair, the
more people invited, the more you will be respected as memeber of the community. Often the parents
have to take loans to pay off for years to afford a marriage.

It doesn't have to be like that cause I've seen also copples getting married in the local temple
where the environment radiates a more modest spiritual mood.

But I had to accept the invitation knowing Pitchai's family and his village so well, living there
in his family for more then a month as a guest some years back. It reminds me of the day she became
a marriable woman and suddenly I was not allowed to talk to her anymore in the house ! This was
also celelbrated then as you can see on this older photo.

In Tamil Nadu you still marry for life !
As a Tamil it is expected by the family that you have to marry along the traditions, no excuses ...


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Buba Jafarli24-May-2009 09:52
Terrific lighting and composition!
Ken McColl24-Sep-2007 22:25
I love you informative commentary as much as the fabulous images. I cant help but wonder what is going through her mind... beautifully framed..very sensitive.
KMc
Marjan Schavemaker17-Sep-2007 13:26
Super, Oochappan! -V-
Kelly Clark Moncure15-Sep-2007 13:46
what a stunning picture, love the COLOR and the spotlight on the bride- thank you for the information too! v
David Barrett08-Sep-2007 11:51
Love the information and a really superb image.The bride is very beautiful and the colours and lighting have captured the mood on her special day!V
Enny08-Sep-2007 10:43
love it, so wonderful.