A most relaxed evening at 10, Janpath
Promila Kalhan in Delhi
It was a most relaxed evening at 10, Janpath on February 18, when
Priyanka, daughter, grand-daughter and great grand-daughter of
three former prime ministers of India, got married to jewellery
exporter Robert Vadra.
After a two hour long Hindu ceremony around a fire with a dozen
Kashmiri pundits present, Priyanka
walked across to where her in-laws, Rajinder and Maureen Vadra, were sitting
and bowed down to touch their feet.
This was followed by an elegant dinner, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Not long after the dinner, the couple got into Robert's car and
drove off to his mother's home in New Friend's Colony.
Priyanka and Robert will spend a few days there and then leave for their honeymoon.
The couple's government allotted bungalow at 35, Lodhi
estate is not ready. Workmen from the Central Public Works Department
are still carrying on with the required repairs.
On their return to Delhi from their honeymoon, Priyanka and Robert
will shift to the bungalow. She will thereafter design jewellery for Artex, her husband's firm.
This is something she has been doing for the past months. Will
Priyanka join politics? That is what it is-- still a question mark.
Both Sonia and Priyanka's brother Rahul were all smiles after
the wedding. When the couple got into the car to leave 10, Janpath,
Sonia asked some of the guests to give the vehicle a push. As in Hindu custom.
Rahul accompanied the couple to New Friends Colony as part of the bidaai
Photographs and paintings of Rajiv Gandhi were on every wall at
10, Janpath. It was almost as if he was present to see his daughter
The bride wore a red south Indian sari, belonging to her grandmother Indira Gandhi.
Her hands had mehendi. She wore a necklace, a chain, pendant
and long earrings. For the rest it was flowers, flowers all the
The guests included Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress president
Sitaram Kesri, film star Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya, their newly married daughter
Shweta and her husband Nikhil Nanda,
Captain Satish Sharma, the former Union minister, and his wife Sterre.
Some of her grandfather Feroze Gandhi's relatives from Bombay were present as also
members of Indira Gandhi's maternal family including former Union
minister Shiela Kaul, her daughter Deepa and
son Gautam, a senior Delhi police officer.
Sonia's sister, her mother and an uncle were also present at the wedding.
Some more pictures
Photographs: Atul Chowdhary