In this vast country of ours, there’s one unifying factor that brings people together - cricket. That’s probably why it has so much in common with another event that brings people together - literally. Yes, we’re talking about the Big Fat Indian Wedding. Cricket and Indian weddings - they’re both a riot of fun, festival, colour, chaos and madness.
As the roller-coaster that is the IPL approaches the last loop before it closes for the year on 1st June, Live In Style has put together this little list of ways a big IPL final has so much in common with an Indian wedding.
1. The build-up is way more fun than the main event
The average Indian Wedding has a week’s worth or pre-wedding events. Mehandis, sangeets, dinners, and the like. All of which are such a blast that the final wedding ceremony and reception is a bit of an anti-climax. Exactly like the IPL. Sure, the final might be a close affair, but can it really live up to the month long thrill of the preliminary rounds?
2. Most of the guests have clearly defined loyalties
You’re either on the groom’s side, or the bride’s. At the IPL final, you support one team or the other. Sometimes though, there are people who support neither. Like gatecrashers at a wedding. Usually not fun to have around!
3. The ubiquitous dance-off
The first recorded occurrence of a flash-mob was actually at an Indian Wedding. The dance-off between the groom’s side and bride’s side happens at every wedding. At the IPL finals, the cheerleaders from each team start things off. Sooner or later, all the fans, in the stadium and everywhere else are having dance-offs of their own. Every six and every wicket is just an excuse to invent another move.
4. The huge amounts of money
In many communities, a big part of the wedding celebrations is a hearty game of cards where huge amounts of money are wagered. The IPL final probably would break all records for the sheer amount of money changing hands, as friends and family enjoy placing friendly bets.
5. One half of the people involved end up in tears
At the Big Fat Indian Wedding, the bidaai is a time for the bride’s mom, aunts, and everyone else to turn on the waterworks as their precious girl leaves their home. The IPL final also ends with half of the fans crying their hearts out. Till the next tournament comes along, and they forget all about it.
6. The hundreds and thousands of photographs
Photography is another thing that weddings and the IPL finals have in common.Before, during and after the actual wedding, everyone involved has to just grin and deal with the countless lenses shoved in their faces. The photographers at the IPL finals are just a tad more intrusive. The last ball is bowled, and a hundred photographers run onto the field. Faster than the winning team.
The Indian Wedding and the Big Fat IPL Final - the similarities continue . That one person who’s wildly inappropriate celebrations make everyone uncomfortable. The one person who’s a nervous wreck. The list goes on and on. And that’s probably why we love them both.
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Article by: Viren Fernandes
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