So, the parents held the griha pravesam ceremony for their house last Sunday. There were some glitches, and there were some beautiful moments, too. Overall, the ceremony went off well.
In the gyaan that comes after having organised and executed an event, I present to you the seven types of guests that we noticed at the griha pravesam.
1. The happy-to-be-there type
These guests are really, genuinely happy to be there at the ceremony. They appreciate the efforts you put in into searching for a suitable house for several long months. They recognise the hard work you have done, the number of discussions you have had with the builder, to bring the house to a ready-to-occupy, liveable state. They do understand that the house is not a mansion in France, but that it was the best you could do within your budget and circumstances. Such guests are a real pleasure to have around at an event.
2. The stomach-burning type
These guests have a fire burning in their belly – not the good type of fire, mind you. They make comments like ‘So, this house will go to your daughter.. she now has two houses – this one and her own. Her husband is SO lucky!’ They are almost in tears to see that you have finally found the house that you were looking for since long, and that you succeeded in buying it and getting it registered. They are pains in the you-know-where, but situations are such that they have to be invited.
3. The pandal-to-packing-up type
These guests are your real friends, those who really care about you. They stand by your side, getting the pandal erected with you, sweeping floors, dusting windows and urging construction workers to speed up with the furniture polish. They are by your side till the pooja is over, all the other guests have left, and all your belongings are carefully packed and loaded up to head back home. They don’t mind getting their hands dirty, for your sake. Gems of people, I say.
4. The eat-and-go type
These guests come to the ceremony because you have invited them. They eat because you have requested them to stay for lunch. They just show up at the appointed time, and leave at a time that is decent. Enough said.
5. The complaint-box type
These guests make statements like ‘The house is good, but….my daughter’s is better.’ It is actually amazing to see how many faults these people can find with the house, the location, the ceremony, the food, the people – just about anything – in half an hour’s time! Phew!
6. The social-networking type
These guests consider your housewarming ceremony as yet another opportunity to network socially. They are ready with pen and paper, or mobile phone, as the case may be, to note down names and addresses and phone numbers so that they can build their network of friends. They are the people who can be found in corners before, after and during the pooja, busy discussing what happened to that aunty’s son’s friend’s friend. They have to have the latest on everyone, you know?
7. The no-show type
These guests keep assuring you that will be a part of the ceremony without fail, whenever you e-mail, call or talk to them. They give you no reason to believe that they won’t be coming, but they are no-shows. No phone calls, no messages, no mails of warning. You later learn that they weren’t planning to come all along, as you wonder what to do with the plates of food that you have left over, thanks to them.
Have you met any of these characters?