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While I Was At It...
The Big Fat Indian Wedding in the Big Fat
Where the world stops rotating…
Posted By: Ipshita Bhattacharya
If you are jealous of Ambika Anand (not for her looks) but just because she gets to travel across continents and attend high profile parties, hold your pangs right there.
For what you don’t know is that travelling on a shoot can be really stressful.
When I was told to shoot this wedding in Bali, I thought it would never fall through. I mean, if you have any friends in the television industry, then you would know that it's "all about the budget."
And to add to that, I didn’t even have a passport. But then, I guess it was meant to work out.
So Ambika and I left the lovely Delhi winters, to attend a wedding of two people, whom we had no clue about. I mean honestly, who goes for weddings? Unless you are married yourself or just looooove socializing.
Being my first international trip, I was super excited about it. Starbucks topped my "must do" list.
Also this really sweet boss of mine mailed me a three-page itinerary of what all to do and buy in Bali. But then, the other boss mailed me the shoot instructions! And it was a huge list.
So the days rolled by and all I got to do in Bali was attend the
mehndi, Ganesh puja
and if you have seen the episodes already, then you would know that the days were quite packed with social events.
Strictly for work, I visited the Uluwatu temple, on the southern cliff. It was beautiful, no wonder they call Bali the 'paradise island'.
But that place is infested with monkeys. I sometimes wonder, what is this strange relationship between monkeys and temples?
And then one of them decided to jump on me and sit on my shoulders and refused to buzz. That was the end of all things beautiful for me.
There was no time to experience the place, we would shoot and as soon as we get "a take" we rushed to the next location. We didn’t even buy a single DVD (now can you believe that, going to the islands and not buying DVDs, and I am a sucker for movies)
But the best part of the whole wedding was the end. No, I am not being sarcastic about this one.
The moment was just right. The work stress was over; we were supposed to leave for Delhi the next afternoon and then came the fireworks.
I was there standing on the white sandy beach while the firecrackers went on for 20 minutes, with a glass of chilled beer and I told myself, "When in Bali, do what everyone does just have a good time."
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