India: Guests at a Wedding in Travel Longer Magazine

 

Thank you to Travel Longer Magazine – The World’s Premier Extended Travel & Photography Magazine for including our article about India, “Guests are like Gods at an Indian Wedding,” in their magazine!

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The article begins: Being raised in Los Angeles, California, I always knew that dreams could come true, at least in the movies. At times I have to pinch myself, realizing that my own personal fairy tale has come true by meeting George online, quitting our jobs to travel for a year, and getting engaged underwater. Imagine my surprise to suddenly witness a scene that I thought could only happen on film in the beach town of Puri, Odisha, in Eastern India.This area is known as one of the poorest sections of India with the lowest literacy rates; however, none of that matters during wedding season. No costs are spared during these multi-day extravaganzas. One night, we heard a marching band performing live down below our balcony. Wandering down a side street to investigate, we wondered, “Is this the Sea Beach festival?” We were told that there would be classical and folk dancing as well as late night and early morning fire works.The band carried a large gold banner and wore golden shirts and matching hats rimmed with red decor. Then we saw him, decked out like a Disney dream on steroids, a groom resplendent in a white wedding suit perched upon a jeweled white horse. Had we just stepped onto the set of a Bollywood film? No, this was reality. The music and the groom perched upon the horse with tears in his eyes were genuine. The groom turned and saw us taking his photo; we said, “Congratulations!” and he waved

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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