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It is customary for the Groom's family to throw a party in honour of the new bride. This is called a 'Bowu (the Bride) Bhaat (literally 'rice' but here a feast)'. The new bride is supposed to cook for all the guest and serve food to everyone. Naturally, it is physically impossible for the Bride. These days the food is ordered from caterers and the Bride just goes to the kitchen and touches a cooking pot. Then, when guests arrive she goes through the motions symbolically. Because my niece was married outside the city and the groom did not belong to the Bengali community, the system was a bit different. There was a wedding party in Mumbai and the Reception was held here.
At the Reception my sister and my brother-in-law invited 1000 people who ate their fill at the buffet. This is one corner of that. It was a very colourful, jovial and gourmet affair.
Cropped a little, contrast pushed up a little, a photomasque added.

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