A 27-year old Gujarati man's wish to have a perfect wedding ceremony was fulfilled -- albeit a different way.
The wedding had no bride.
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You read that right. And no, it is not a joke.
Ajay Barot, of Himmatnagar, had always wished to have a grand wedding.
But it was not that easy to find a match for him. Reason? His health condition.
Barot had been diagnosed with a learning disability. But that did not stop his father from fulfilling his wish.
Barot's family decided to host a wedding procession that would culminate into a Gujarati marriage ceremony -- but without a bride.
"My son was diagnosed with a learning disability and lost his mother at an early age. He used to enjoy the wedding processions of other people and asked us when his wedding would be hosted. We were unable to answer his question. Thus, after talking to my family members, I decided to arrange a wedding procession for him so he feels like his wedding was being held and his dream was getting accomplished. I am happy that I fulfilled my son's dream without thinking about what the society would say," Vishnu Barot, Ajay's father told ANI.
From mehendi to sangeet, the Barot family didn't leave any stone unturned to make the wedding procession look any less than a big fat Gujarati wedding.
On his wedding day, Ajay was decked up in a golden sherwani, pink headgear and a garland made up of red and white roses.
Ajay even danced to the tunes of Gujarati folk music and drumbeats with all the guests at the wedding. The wedding ceremony was arranged at a community hall, near the Barot residence.
Ajay's uncle, Kamlesh Barot, said, "We sent wedding invitations to our relatives and performed all rituals as per Gujarati tradition in the presence of a priest. What was important for us is to see Ajay gleaming with joy on his big day."
"My brother is lucky that his family supported his wish. We all are happy for him. We did not want to hurt anyone's emotion; it was just to see him thrilled with joy," Ajay's younger sister said.