“It was a wedding laced with affection and not with power. Everyone who walked into the various functions was treated with equal affection and love, and that’s what set it apart,” says Suhel Seth about the recently concluded wedding of Tahira Karanjawala to Jatin Mongia in Delhi, which saw the power elite of the country converge in the Capital over the past few days.
The Karanjawalas with the newly-wedded couple
The Karanjawalas, both the Mumbai-born Parsi Raian and wife Manik (herself the daughter of one of the country’s most respected jurists V M Tarkunde aka ‘Father of the Civil Liberties movement’) are a much-loved Delhi couple with friends and admirers across the political and legal spectrums, and the wedding of their daughter was expectedly a much celebrated affair.
Arun Jaitley at the wedding
“Lovely sun-dappled lawns, elegant crowd dressed in old-money clothes, heavy hitters from the worlds of industry, media, law and social society, including many Bombay scene-stealers, namely Anil and Tina Ambani, Tanya and Arvind Dubash, and Natasha and Adar Poonawalla, made their presence felt,” said Delhi’s ace spin master and PR maven Nikhil Khanna.
“Old Parsi aristocrats, BJP heavy hitters, Congress young guard and gob-smacking jewels worn by the likes of DLF’s Pia Singh and Park Hotel’s Priya Paul dazzled at the huge sit-down lunch in shades of pink and ashes of rose, and the menu was full tilt Parsi fare along with other stuff, of course,” he added.
But Delhi being Delhi, there’s always political compulsions to consider, even amidst such celebration and festivities. Apparently, such was the guest list, that many of those invited had to rush from the wedding celebrations to the opening of Sonia Gandhi’s exhibition in honour of Indira Gandhi’s centenary. Was she surprised seeing many arrive in full wedding gear? If she did, she didn’t show it, we are informed.