London is all decked up to host the royal wedding of Prince William with his college sweetheart, Kate Middleton. And trust the media to go crazy over a fairytale wedding story of a commoner meeting a prince.
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A billboard advertising the live broadcast of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The royal wedding is expected to be the “ultimate reality show”, with an estimated audience of two billion television viewers. And while India’s very own crown prince may be miles away from marriage, we’re already well caught up in the global wedding frenzy.
India Real Time presents a round-up of royal wedding commentary from Indian newspapers.
Bachi Karkaria wrote in The Times of India Thursday about the Gujarati couple from Bucklebury who are on the guest list, whose “convenience store has kept the bride’s middle-class family in bread, biscuits and Bovril for years.” She delved further into the Indian connection, citing the Gujarati baker who had the honor of making the wedding cake.
Yet Ms. Karkaria suggests that when it comes to exotic weddings, it is still Indian weddings that take the cake.
“The rich and the famous from afar already clamour for the Exotic Indian Wedding, complete with slokas, saat pheras and shimmying sangeets,” she wrote.
Commenting on the large Indian cultural presence in Britain, most commonly denoted in curries, Ms. Karkaria ends her column on a light note, suggesting that Prince Harry might well get married Indian-style.
“Mummy and Aunt Fergie both dabbled in our curries, couture and karma-colonialism, so you’d have a comfort level on those other nuptial essentials too. Try it, Prince ‘Hari’. You’d look more dashing in a turban than in a top hat, and we wouldn’t even need to send a diamond for its ‘sarpech’; Gran could let you borrow the Kohinoor,” she concluded.
A Hindustan Times’ Thursday editorial noted that there isn’t much in the wedding that excites us, saying that “bereft of any real color about the royal family, we have been hard put to write on them for years.” It added that the “only royal who has the potential to set the tabloid on fire is hell raiser Harry with his bottles and blondes appeal.”
However on Friday, the Hindustan Times found more to say.
In an editorial headlined, “It’s a Royal Treat,” writer Dipankar De Sarkar writes that there may be little to celebrate considering how Britain’s economy is reeling but the Will-Kate wedding will provide people with some relief. This is something akin to Charles and Diana’s wedding three decades ago that also took place against a backdrop of conflict and a slumping economy.
But Mr. Sarkar notes that it wasn’t long before that royal wedding collapse and in the process “blew the mystique off the monarchy.” And this is where lessons for Will and Kate would lie, he says.
“Everyone hopes William and Kate will have learned from these mistakes and, in time, help bring lasting stability to the monarchy – a likeable pair ordinary Britons will be able to look up to in the times of trouble,” the editorial said.
A second editorial headlined “Marriage of Cultures” by British High Commission to India Richard Stagg said the royal wedding is akin to an Indian wedding that is all about the family ties that bind.
“The real joy of the occasion is the coming together of family and friends to celebrate the prospect of a happy and successful life for the young couple. This is something that is immediately understood by every Indian family,” Mr. Stagg wrote.
A Thursday editorial by Shailaja Bajpai in The Indian Express commented on the media spectacle generated by two events of different emotional appeal – a funeral and a wedding.
Commenting first on Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral, Ms. Bajpai wrote: “TV news returned to top gear the moment the death of the spiritual leader was announced. Thereafter, we were treated to the sight of mourners, the more famous the better, in mourning.”
Of the royal wedding, she noted: “NDTV Good Times was gushing like a broken faucet about Kate Middleton. ‘She is our superstar, our Hollywood’, said one Ingrid Seward. Or, our Shah Rukh Khan, we presume,” she wrote.
Ms. Bajpai concluded: “When TLC began to replay the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer, Tuesday, you knew it was time to go out and buy a little Union Jack flag.”
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Fuente: India Real Time