Thursday, January 25, 2007

Iyer Goes To Marriage Hall

And so do we.... the only difference is we come back single! So its official. Good ol' Iyer is married. Now if you are looking out for photos of Mr. & Mrs. Iyer, I'll leave the man himself to release an official snap of the two. However what I plan to go about doing is describe the awesome time we had at the wedding and reception.

The wedding took place at a temple in Matunga (Mumbai). Getting there was an interesting experience where we saw a biker being tossed off his bike, Abhi screeching his car at every turn and a hilarious discussion with a friend over whether an island exists amid the Dharavi slums. However, reaching the temple was a completely different experience. First off, I had no idea such a temple could exist in the heart of Mumabai. Called the Kochu Aiyyvaru (I am sure I got the spelling wrong), my belief that such magnificent architecture exists only down south was shattered.

Some things to know at South Indian weddings:

- You get to eat on banana leaves (well, it also happens at Maharastrian weddings), but the south side is a different experience.
- There are no forks, knives or spoons. Use your hands, which is fine if you have been born and bought up in India.
- Never miss out on the Paayasam. Its the most awesome thing which could happen to mankind. Iyers wedding had two types, what we called the white paayasam and dark paayasam (due to its color - and more so to draw comparison with white rum and dark rum). As a matter of fact we also did 30 ml payasam shots which Abhi found out (after 24 hours) does not get you drunk but disturbs your tummy.
- Never mention any non-vegetarian food. I figured this out the wrong way. As we entered the hall, I asked aloud - "Do they have chicken for lunch?"
- Call people by their first name. Since we always call Iyer as Iyer and not by his first name, entering the hall and shouting "Iyer" resulted in 100 people staring at us. All Iyer's.
- When rice is served, let the person know when to stop. Dont talk to Abhi as rice is served. Else your banana leaf is all covered with rice.
- Also, make a hole in the middle of the mound of rice. Thats where the sambhar (gravy) to have the rice with goes. If you dont do that, the gravy flows all over your banana leaf.
- Once the gravy and rice is mixed, you make rice balls out of small portions and toss 'em in your mouth. This requires a high level of practice and as I found out, you usually miss your mouth and hit every other part of your face.
- Its difficult getting to the bride and bridegroom. They are swamped by relatives 24X7, however we did manage to get to Iyer and made him click a snap in his famous Sanjeev Kumar pose.

I came upon these musicians playing a few instruments. The lead apparently got pissed off at me pointing the camera at him and stopped playing.

However, my friend was more than happy to exhibit his dance moves.

Iyer, wishing the two of you an awesome married life, lotsa love and loads of paayasam!


Anonymous the pooh said...

ROFLMAO oh crap ..Alap was too good....Damn now i know how much i missed hehehe..Iyer should have done his 'mata mata 'too...

but yeah i guess for the hundredth time ill wish Iyer again..just coz Sappu is such a good gurl...heheh

happy married life Iyer n Iyeropatni:))

Apoo mere liye payasam zaroor leke aana pulleeezzz

January 25, 2007 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cool!! Hehe, Alap was damn funny!

Best wishes to the happy couple :)

January 25, 2007 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL.... yes, those payasam's are a mean thing!!

January 25, 2007 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


di was with me watching alap's moves..she was in splits...

where is abhi's pic, licking sambhar all the ay till elbows? :p

best wishes to iyer n sapna agin...

payasamm... yummmmyyyyy



January 26, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Can you put up Iyer's photo, for people who are not too familiar with the Sanjeev Kumar pose?

January 26, 2007 12:52 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#pooh: I shall... u jes have to come to B'more to collect it.

#Anon1: Yeah, he was.

#Anon2: Yes. Abhi would know better.

#KJ: Abhi deleted that snap. But perhaps we could ask him to do a repeat?

#AJ: I shall require Iyers permission

January 26, 2007 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KJ: For security reasons, I was forced to withdraw all photographs at the wedding.
As Apoo mentions, we yelled out Iyer a bit too hard (and much) and the mention of non-veg food cast a roaming evil madrasi spell which some say, still looms in the temple.
To top it, Alap yells out a 'patti' gaali at the reception in front of Sapna's folks which prompted us to run from Science Center to Worli Naka (we could do more, but we were wearing heavy clothing)

BTW, Iyer (Mr. n Mrs) if you're reading this, none of this happened and we were good boys at the wedding ..... NOT

January 27, 2007 12:06 AM  
Anonymous IdeaSmith said...

LOL.....Apoo, good post, good to know you've learnt to eat the civilised way now. Alap..rocking! Congrats, Iyer!

January 28, 2007 5:18 AM  
Blogger exclusively_me said...

why do all sorts of funny incidents always to u..?

January 28, 2007 8:41 AM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Abhi: LOL!

#Idea: Thanks! And I have great respect for that eating style!

#Exclusive: Thats the story of my life dear :)

January 28, 2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger mahima said...

oh my god....iyer im happy for you and all that...but jesus christ ALAP...i saw that and i was on the floor..seriously dude..get your own tv show!
oh my tummy hurts now
that trumpet guy who stopped playing was also hilarious..i wish he had bonked you over the head :D

January 29, 2007 2:25 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

@ Abhi: LOL

@ Apoo :yes get him to do a repeat.. :D

@ Alap: never knew Bappi Da cud dance like that..:p



January 30, 2007 6:26 AM  
Anonymous Deepak Jeswal said...

Okay, no nonveg, but booze? :P

Ha ha, i m sure ur aquired Amrikan instincts got a jolt to eat w/o fork/knives ;))

Great post!

[ Does blogspot's word verification adjust itself to the post... I ve got sth called Erivdu, sounds like a remote town from TN ]

January 31, 2007 7:23 AM  
Blogger exclusively_me said...

hey i wanna knw what the sanjeev kumar pose is...??? put up a pic pls......
not of sanjeev kumar...of the couple..of course

February 01, 2007 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I just have more proof for Genetic Memory, all the info about eating procedures just seemed very 'heard off' before...probably coz' my dad's a South Indian! Hmmm...

Dude, you didn't know about that temple at Matunga! :O Again, my 'Aiyoooooh Ramaa' dad must have dragged me there in my childhood. Coz' I think, I know what temple this is...that's there in the pic!

Your friend, definitely deserves kudos for the brilliant performance! Ha ha...That was funny, man!

February 01, 2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger Iyer Education said...

i yam back from coorg and the first thing i do is check gmail and google reader (some habits dont change)

i lahuu this post...

thangew for the hilarious post...

(now married) iyer

February 03, 2007 2:27 AM  
Blogger APOO said...

#mahi: he alsmost did!

#KJ: will do!

#DJ: yeah, tell me about the amrikan instincts bit... when i return am goona have the americans eating woth their fingers!

#Exclusive: I do not have permission to put up the pics! Iyer shall do a press release himself!

#Brad: So can we expect similiar drama at your wedding?

#Iyer: We lahu u too! :D

February 06, 2007 8:53 PM  

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