During his February 2002 visit with the August Mai Paragliding Club of Moscow, Alexei & Guelena, had a little wedding ceremony according to Hindu rites a small but beautiful wedding ceremony under the auspicious Umber tree.
I guess the event inspired Pankaj because in 2004 he called to say that he was planning a visit along with his Russian girlfriend and wanted to tie the knot at Kamshet.
A beautiful idea for sure, and now that we had some advance notice we went to town with the preparations. As per the Hindu rites a ‘mehendi (henna) ceremony” was organized, pilot friends from Mumbai and Pune were invited, flowers were ordered, ceremonial outfits for the bride and groom etc.
The day came and pilots, friends and villagers gathered once more around the Umbar tree which now stands right in front of Native Place. An Indian wedding means family and relatives and since the couple had none at Kamshet, the nirvana pilots, staff and families from the nearby villages were divided into the groom’s side and the bride’s side and Sanjay Rao gave the bride away in a very moving ceremony.
The next day it was flying as usual. Pankaj was on the hill with his wing along with half the marriage party made up of pilots. And right there at the site it struck me as to why Pankaj Khushawa decided to marry in Kamshet. After all which groom is able to get to the flying site a day after his wedding. Now how ‘knotty’ is that?