Tying the knot in style

Namesakes go for a ‘literary wedding’ in Bathinda

Book stall set up at the venue; two plays staged to mark occasion

Namesakes go for a ‘literary wedding’ in Bathinda

The bride and groom buy books from the book stall set up at the wedding venue. Tribune photo

Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 22

Intriguing as it may sound, a couple tied the nuptial knot by going for one-of-its-kind ‘literary wedding’ in Bathinda. Parminder Singh from Barnala district, a clerk in the PWD, got married with Parminder Kaur of Mehta village in the Sangat block here, where a book stall was also set up at the wedding venue in Gehri Butter village here.

The couple embarked on the new journey of their married life by buying books from the stall. Bride and groom bought books of Rs 800 from the stall that was set up by Tarksheel Society, Punjab, on the request of parents of the bride and the groom. Their relatives and family members also purchased books. This simple yet majestic wedding has caught the fancy of many in the district and became the talk of the town now.

Unlike fat Punjabi weddings where people spend a lot of money, the couple has gone for a simple wedding without any pretence and extravagance. Enthused over the couple’s decision and their respective family members’ assent on the same, many people in the district said the wedding with a social message would go a long way in setting an example for others to follow.

In the wedding, the groom, accompanied by a wedding procession of his near and dear ones, came from Barnala to Bathinda to tie the nuptial knot with his bride. During the wedding celebrations, noted dramatist, Kirti Kirpal’s team showcased a play, ‘Toya’ (ditch) that brilliantly portrayed social evils. Another play ‘Saudagar’, which highlights the prevailing drug menace in the state, was also showcased. It got a rousing applause from one and all. Simple food was served to guests. Liquor was not served during the wedding and loud music was also not played.

“I used to urge my friends and acquaintances to go for a simple wedding with some social message but all of them denied and rather asked me to get married that way if I wish so. Hence, when my wedding was announced, it was my turn to give the best shot and am happy that I did it finally,” the groom said.

“Each one of us has a true calling and we found ours in sheer love for books so, decided to wed in style. One’s muse may vary from person to person and we think that there could possibly not be a better way to marry than sending out a social message and setting a precedent for others to follow rather than going for a traditional wedding full off noise, ostentation and extravagance,” said the couple.

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