Early this month, bomb blasts rocketed the city of Karachi, after a terror attack was launched on the airport by the Taliban. Currently in India, 33 embassies are left in danger after bomb threats were made to them putting areas of tourism in India’s capital on high alert. Add to this the number of rape and abduction cases coming out of each respective country and the situation seems bleak.
What has this to do with British Asian Bride you may wonder? Well, each year hundreds if not thousands of British Asians travel across the world to South Asia in order to shop for their special day, seeking the latest designs and freedom from the over inflated prices offered here in the UK on bridal trousseau shopping.
When I got married 3 years ago, I made the conscious decision to buy everything I needed either at home in London or online. Working as a full-time teacher I did not have the time and shopping under pressure is never a good idea. In addition, after hearing and witnessing first hand the number of brides who were unhappy with the way their outfits had turned out I was 100% happy I chose to shop in London. However, I also know many brides choose to go ‘back home’ so to speak, as it is often a last holiday for them with their family and a chance to see relatives they may not see for a long time due to a change of location after marriage.
What are your thoughts? Would you still shop in India/Pakistan for your bridal outfits despite the unrest? Or have you decided to avoid the danger and risk the streets of Green Street/Southall Broadway/Ealing Road instead?
Still From Pantene Bridal Couture Week Pakistan 2014
On the 12th Of June 2014, Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani married his long term girlfriend British born Nin Dusanj in Mumbai, at a private ceremony where only members of their immediate family were present. Like Rani Mukherjee (a huge disappointment not to see her dressed up!) who also got married recently, Aftab decided to keep his wedding a secret. The reason you ask? Buri Nazar or for the initiated – the evil eye!
My mother is a staunch believer in buri nazar and my siblings and I are repeatedly told not to tell anyone anything about our lives – even to her if we can help it! British Asian Brides, have you of you not told anyone about your wedding plans for fear of the Asian Evil Eye?!
~pic curtesy memsaab.com
Some may say better late than never and some may say it is a little too late, I am in agreement with the former. Finally, forced marriage has now become a criminal offence. While it is too late to save some of the wider Asian communities boys and girls from a life they did not want, hopefully this law will protect future souls from marriages forced upon them. Now all we need is education; for parents and children to both realise – forced marriage is WRONG, has nothing to do with cultural arranged marriages and that marriage is an individual choice.
To learn more, click on the link below.
Shruti Hassan has never looked more beautiful than on the cover of Harpers Bazaar Bride magazines May issue. Dressed in Rahul Mishra, she looks stunning. Dressed in traditional attire, the look screams contemporary. I love it.
In March I wrote a post about Art Karat’s new collection, Rasleela that was inspired by traditional Indian designs. Lucky for those of you living in London, starting May 14th 2014 to June 04 2014, Art Karat will be exhibiting this collection at Kemsford House Hotel. This seems to be the only one in the UK for now, so if you are looking for some jewellery I would definitely head on down. I’ve been before and can assure you the pieces are more exquisite than the images can make out.
If there was anything that used to be a priority on my annual trips to Dehli, (not including eating 99.9% of the menu at Roshan Di Kulfi), it was making a pit stop to FabIndia to pick up some individual Indian wear pieces that could be word up, down, a thousand times, anywhere and everywhere. On holiday in Goa, I even managed to sniff one out and made the husband buy a wardrobe full of kurtas that he is yet to take a sniff at. So, it is not unheard of now for me to
demand request pieces from relatives who travel to London.
My latest treat are courtesy my darling niece who gifted me these stunning earrings.
Although FabIndia has now come into the modern day and have begun to sell clothes online, I am yet to buy anything. I keep thinking having it at my fingers tips will make the allure of waiting for gifts disappear. Also, if im honest the online selection is fairly limited. However, don’t let that put you off! Many of you will be in India this year wedding trousseau shopping so make sure you make a pit stop to FabIndia.