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Mehndi (or Henna) designs

photos of bridal Mehndi designs on hands and feet by Arun Shanbhag

Here are a few pics from my niece’s mehndi gathering before her shādi. The lady squeezes out the mehndi paste from a foil cone and uses it to draw intricate designs on hands and feet. As the paste dries, fresh lemon juice is squeezed on it to keep it moisten and intensify the color. Shādi […]

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Wedding Rangoli

Rangoli - Shubh Vivah (Congratulations on the Wedding) by Arun Shanbhag

Shubh Vivah = Congratulations for an auspicious Wedding! Saw this hand draw Rangoli outside a wedding hall in Pali, near Pune; approx. 6-7 ft across. The white is usually rice powder, which the birds and ants are expected to eat away. Spectacular, no?

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Shādi in the Family

Last week we enjoyed a shaadi in the family. It was a magnificent production over four days, amidst the beautiful rolling hills of upstate South Carolina. And yes, it was a respite from the Fall here, to greenery, well manicured, lush lawns and Southern hospitality. And what a great occasion for a family reunion! For […]