Karva Chauth is a one-day Indian festival wherein Hindu and Sikh wives fast from sunrise to moonrise to pray for the safety and long life of their husbands. While Karva Chauth falls on October 19 this year, it looks like the celebrations in Nagpur for the festival have already begun. At a pre Karva Chauth bash organised at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Nagpur, recently, city ladies were seen having a gala time. Neelam Bowade looked after the arrangements at this lunch party, wherein all the ladies were decked up beautifully in ethnic red attires. Interestingly, many prizes were given away at this party to different ladies for wearing the ‘Biggest Jhumka’, ‘Red sandals’, ‘More than three rings’ and ‘A lot of red in her attire’.
Blast before fast
These women made the most of this party as they had a lot of fun playing different games. While almost all the games were interesting, the most interesting one was – ‘Give a missed call to your husband and let’s see who gets a call back first!’ The husbands did not disappoint their wives as three ladies at the do immediately got calls from their respective husbands! Indrani Roy Chowdhury and Aparna Goverdhan played fun anchors during the games session and made sure that there was never a dull moment. Post the games, these ladies were spotted having a rocking time dancing to upbeat Bollywood tracks.
Pyar ho toh aisa!
Team Nation Next experienced the spirit of this festival when we came across a wife of a retired Indian army medical officer, Suman Das. Suman revealed how she has been keeping a fast for her husband for the last 45 years. Suman said, “There were a lot of years when my husband was on duty and away from me during Karva Chauth but that didn’t stop me from keeping a fast for him. He used to tell me not to keep the fast when I wasn’t well but I would still keep it. Over the years, wives of army officers become very strong and get used to their husbands being away from them physically yet being close to their hearts!”
Photos by: Darshan Bagwe