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Happy Diwali!

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Happy (belated) Diwali!

We hope this coming year brings each and every one of you lots of happiness, love, success, and prosperity.

From our family to yours!

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And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loving comments and positive thoughts about my dad!  He is getting stronger with every passing day.  In fact, he was discharged from the hospital and is now resting at home!  When I talked to him last night (I’m back in Miami), he asked what I was doing.  I told him I was getting ready to pre-write a blog post.  He told me to include a huge thanks and hello from him!!


Happily Ever After

Hello hello!  Phew…this past weekend was a fun whirlwind.  I had been looking forward to my friend Purvi’s wedding for a very long time, and it came and went just like that.  I wish I could say that I took pictures of everything, but I can’t.  You see, I was one of Purvi’s bridesmaids, so I didn’t even think about taking pictures a lot of the time.  I was just trying to enjoy every moment.  Hence, I gave my camera to Vishnu, but based on the number of pictures he took, I think my fiancé was trying to do the same thing. Smile

Let me share what I can…

On Friday evening, I headed to Purvi’s mehndhi party.  I got there a little early so I could spend some time with the bride and the other bridesmaids.

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On Friday morning, I attended the traditional religious events that happen before most wedding ceremonies.  The yellow stuff you’ll see in the pictures below is a mixture made of turmeric, sandalwood, and a  few other things.  Both the bride and the groom have the paste applied to their body to purify it before the wedding ceremony.

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The garba (dance event) was on Friday night.  The décor was absolutely gorgeous, but the bride and groom stole the show!

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Giving my speech Smile

And then on Saturday morning, we all got up early to get ready for the big day!  In one word, everything was…perfect. The camera was in the car at this time, so I’ll share some of Vishnu’s iPhone pics when I get them.  Sorry!

And finally, the weekend ended on a high note with a grand reception.  There were funny speeches, dances, a love story video, and an embarrassing pictures slideshow.  Too much fun!

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Congratulations to Purvi and Bandish!  I know your years together as husband and wife are going to be amazing!


In other news, I found a job in South Florida!!!  Well, it’s more like the job found me, but that story is for another day.  If you remember, job stress was weighing me down quite a bit.  However, on Saturday morning, I got my official job offer!  Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling.  Yay!

Also, since being home, I’ve been cooking up a storm.  Yesterday, I made my parents a warm salad with roasted vegetables and a slightly unique version of Mmmm Sauce.  And tonight I made veggie and black bean quesadillas for dinner – filled with black beans, corn, zucchini, onion, and green bell pepper. 

I also have quite a few wedding updates to share, but I’ll save al that for another post. 

Have a great Wednesday!


My weekend at home was jam-packed.  Not only did we take care of quite a few wedding errands, but I also attended a beautiful wedding.


One of the things I’ve been wanting to get done before the wedding is Lasik.  I’ve worn glasses since the third grade and contacts since the sixth.  The time had come to permanently fix my optical issues, or so I thought.  It just so happens that I’m far from an ideal candidate.  The doctor said to wait another year to see if things change.  Oh well…better safe than sorry!

My mom and I also met with the stylist who will be doing our hair and getting us ready for most of the events.  We sat with her for over an hour talking about what we wanted.  Here’s what we came up with for me…

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For the garba (dance event the night before the wedding)

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For the reception

For the wedding, I know I want to do a simple up do…I just haven’t picked out a picture yet.

We also stopped by to select the fabric and design for my sister’s garba outfit.  While there, a beautiful outfit caught my eye…

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…and I ended up wearing it to the reception the next day! 


The wedding was outdoors, and thankfully, the weather was near perfect. 

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It was my friend Jetan’s twin brother’s wedding!

The reception was equally as gorgeous, with really unique centerpieces and a colorful pink and purple backdrop.

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It’s funny how every wedding I go to makes me 100 times more excited for my own, which is only two months away!!  Eek!!!

This past weekend really flew by (not that I don’t say that about every weekend).  The next time I head home, I’ll be with Vishnu, and we’ll be arriving just in time for Purvi’s wedding!  I. Can’t. Wait.  Honestly, I’m more excited for her wedding than my own right now.  It’s going to be an absolute blast!

What’s something you’re really looking forward to?!