Indian weddings are grand events that host thousands of people. Indians often judge other people by the kind of wedding a family has! Over the years, weddings have become less about a couple getting married and more about showing off excess wealth to the society!
I once went to a wedding where there were roughly over 700 people. The arrangements were really fancy and I could only imagine crores of rupees being spent on the lighting and other arrangements. The wedding had so many lights that it seemed like a light show and I bet it could be seen from the International Space Station!
While we have some really lavish weddings here in Mumbai, they are nothing compared to the weddings that take place in states like Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. The weddings in northern states are some of the biggest gatherings of people. While people talk about the Mandap, the decoration and the lighting, the main spectacle of the wedding is the Buffet.
The ridiculous wedding I was at had over 125 different dishes being served! And I have heard stories about some weddings having even more varieties of food. It is a known fact that most of the food that is served at weddings is wasted but it hardly seems to be a reason for people to opt for a limited number of dishes. Because if their wedding doesn't have a live pasta counter, what will society think of them?!?
So the Supreme court had asked the Delhi government how farmhouses were allowed to store one lakh litres of water while citizens face a scarcity of water. They also raised questions on the food being wasted at lavish wedding functions.
Hence, In a bid to curb the vulgar display of food, the Delhi government has told the Supreme court that it is in a process of formulating a policy to limit the Number of Guests at Delhi's farmhouse and motel weddings!
So if a limited number of guests would be allowed at a wedding, the citizens would opt for lesser food quantities and reduce the usage of water.
The government is also urging people who are hosting weddings to get in touch with various NGO's who take leftover food from weddings and distribute it among the needy.
I think its a good thing because now you have a valid reason not to invite the annoying Phuphaji who is upset with everything that is happening at the wedding. Sorry, the guest list is closed!