A wedding is one of the top expressions of Garhwali culture, bringing together large extended families, with good food and festivities. As a cultural experience, the wedding of Harish and Pria was a fascinating day. Yes, the bride was beautiful.
However, as I look through the hundreds of photos I took of this event, I also see two scared children trying to trust that this rite of passage into adulthood will lead to a good life.
Batwadi is a wonderful village, full of good hearted people who have already given much support to this family. Perhaps village life can provide the long term support these two young people will surely need.
May Amma also look after these children.