Indians are known as show off people. We celebrate every success in grand way. We spend money on marriages. Especially the rich are known for spending crores on money for wedding. Indian weddings are a fun and extravagant affair. A guest list running into the thousands isn’t uncommon. In fact, it is the norm for many ceremonies across the country. Size and pomp of weddings are correlated to an individual’s wealth.
However but not all rich are like this. Investor Porinju Veliyath, who manages a portfolio of over Rs 1,200 crore recently got his son married in Kerala at a sub-registrar’s office!! “My son, @sunnyporinju just got married today; the sub-registrar has requested for a couple of computers for office – the only wedding expense,” tweeted Porinju Veliyath.
Porinju Veliyath believes in simplicity. Even he got married in same way. His son lives in US. He wanted to get married on short notice, and had to go back for an assignment. The bride was okay with that, and therefore they were married in this way.
This wedding has made national headlines and has raised topic whether we need to spend money on wedding.
In the past we have seen many businessmen as well as politician spending crores of money on marriages. Soon after demonisation paralysed most of this country in 2016, Mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy threw his daughter a wedding so grand that sources estimated he spent no less than a humble Rs 500 crores! Same way it was alleged that crores of money was spent on wedding on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s son, wherein guests were to travel through chopper.
Commenting on this trend of spending money on marriages, Kavitha, a doctor by profession said, “It is a trend now a days to spend more money in marriages for the sake of Orchestra, hiring of very big marriage halls etc. This trend followed has made even the very middle class families also to spend more money which is not even affordable to them. I feel instead of spending money on these, they can save for future. I have seen many parents taking loan at high interest to get their daughter married.”
Sneha, a student said, “Each one of us have our own views on marriages. Some like marriages to be as simple as possible and some like it to be in a very grand manner because they feel that marriages happen only once in life and they want it to be done in a very memorable manner and hence they spend more on marriages. I feel it is their personal choice and we cannot dictate anything.”
On the contrary some feel that wasting money on marriages is an unnecessary waste and they feel that instead of wasting so much of money on marriages they can use the same money to leave happily for the rest of their life.
There are mixed opinions regarding this. Spending on marriage is good, if you can afford it. But instead of spending more money, some can also give for charity. This would be a good message to everyone.