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Frontline Cov worker gets married amid restrictions

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A 30-year-old pharma executive, who had delivered lifesaving drugs to a hospital the night earlier, got married on Wednesday with 35 invitees attending the wedding. This was one of the first weddings to take place amid the Covid-induced restrictions across the state since the beginning of this week.
Deferred twice since last year, Beliaghata resident, Tanmoy Ghosh, tied the knot with his beloved, Chumki (26), who worked with an NGO, at her Duttapukur house. The select guests and the priest, who solemnized the wedding, were asked to stay inside the house from before to ensure that the Covid-safety protocol was not violated. Sanitizer bottles and masks were distributed to every guest.
The wedding was initially slated for December last year and then the date was deferred to January this year. However, the two wanted to get married when the pandemic situation would come under control with all restrictions on the turnout of guests being lifted. So, they had deferred the date again to May 19, hoping the infection would minimize by that time.

“But we got it entirely wrong. Not only has the situation aggravated but a lockdown like situation has also been imposed in the state now. But we couldn’t defer it any further and decided to get married amidst all the restrictions only,” said Tanmoy, a frontline Covid worker himself. The families have cut down the number of guests to 35 — 15 fewer that what has been allowed by the state and they are not holding any major function.

“The sudden imposition of the restrictions has turned the entire wedding plans topsy turvy. While one of our relatives was supposed to get my dhoti and kurta another relative was to bring a necklace for the bride. None of them could come and I had to make emergency arrangements between the 7am-10am slot on Wednesday,” he said.
Since the bride has a bigger house at Duttapukur, around 17 of them had reached there on Wednesday morning. The cook and the priest had also reached early and so did the groom and his family in two cars. “We have cut down on all non-essential activities like photographers, electricians, caterers and flower decorators. The guests include some close relatives and friends,” he added.

The bride, who had to do most of her makeup by herself, said it felt a little odd to get married under such circumstances but she added that the arrangement was the best they could manage, considering the current situation.

“It feels a bit weird to get married during a lockdown like situation. But I am happy that at least we are finally getting married. Perhaps, we can celebrate our anniversary with much fanfare next year,” said Chumki, whose Gangtok honeymoon has also been called off now.

Source: Times of India

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