Dubai: Indian weddings are world famous for their elaborate customs and traditions. Now a book explaining these customs has been launched in Dubai.
The Consul General of India in Dubai, Dr Aman Puri, has published the book entitled Magic of Indian Weddings: Timeless Traditions, Sacred Customs, written by former Indian civil servant Dr Kiran Chadha. Dr VK Taneja, former vice-chancellor of Gadvasu University in Ludhiana, India, was the guest of honor at the book’s release ceremony this week.
This is the third book by Dr Chadha, who is also a motivational speaker and philanthropist.
She said she reflected on how the institution of marriage has survived for thousands of years, despite some modern beliefs, she said.
“This book is a serious endeavor with well documented religious, historical and mythological elements. It aims to revive the magic and mystique of Indian weddings, ”said the author.
“Regardless of how young people want to live, traditional marriage has survived as an institution for thousands of years. There must be some substance to it. In India, the divorce rate is 1%, compared to almost 35% or more in many countries. In India, marriages refer not only to the marriage of a boy or a girl, but the union of two families, ”said Dr Chadha.
“Dubai is my second home because my son is living here. The city fascinated me with the vision and futuristic plans of the rulers. Getting the book out here during Expo 2020 Dubai is an honor. I would like to place some copies of this traditional book in the India pavilion at the Expo, ”she said, adding that the book is aimed at all Indians as its content covers weddings in India, both in terms of region and religion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Puri said: “The book beautifully sums up the timeless tradition of Indian weddings across the country. This is a deep, insightful and comprehensive account of marriages in India and truly comes across as a labor of love.
Published by Rupa Publications India, the 374-page book contains 100 photographs, 80 illustrations and a comprehensive wedding planner, all compiled after two and a half years of research.
Ashwani Raj Chadha, Anu Chadha, Sia Chadha and Vir Raj Chadha also spoke at the book launch at the India Club.