This happily-ever-after story in the time of a contagion is steeped in empathy.
Fast food vendor from Kharagpur Sourav Karmakar not only tied the knot with Swati Pator of Jhargram on Thursday in a low-key ceremony, where personal hygiene and physical distancing norms were maintained, but the bride and groom also donated Rs 31,000 set aside for a wedding feast to a local club that is feeding poor villagers amid the lockdown.
The young couple had originally planned their wedding on March 13 and their marriage was legally registered the same day. However, Sourav’s mother took ill and the social ceremony had to be postponed. By the time the groom’s mother recovered, the first phase of the national lockdown had been clamped and the wedding was rescheduled for April 16.
On Thursday evening, the ceremony finally took place in Kharagpur’s Talbagicha locality where Sourav lives. The bride arrived from her paternal cousin Vicky Acharya’s house, not very far away.
No one from Swati’s family could come from Jhargram. Her only relative in attendance was Vicky, who did the kanyadaan. Sourav’s mother, brother, sister-in-law and a few neighbours attended the ceremony. Everyone wore masks, including the priest.
There was no wedding feast because no one was invited amid a lockdown. “Had we married in normal times, I would have spent on dinner for guests. So, I decided to donate Rs 31,000 to a local club,” said the groom who makes a living selling roll and chow mein in Kharagpur’s Malancha.
The club in question has been running a kitchen for the underprivileged since the lockdown began more than three weeks ago. Meals are cooked for some 500 residents of nearby villages, and served door to door. Sourav has also decided to bear the cooking expenses for two days.
Source: Times of India