Cricketer Yuvraj Singh arrived at Parliament in the capital to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend an invitation for his marriage with model and actress Hazel Keech. The wedding of the cricketer-cum-actor is scheduled for November 30 in Chandigarh. The couple had engaged in April in a low-key, private ceremony.
The traditional gurdwara wedding will take place in Chandigarh on November 29-30 which will be followed by another wedding as per Hindu rituals in Goa on December 2. Close friends and relatives are expected to be at this function.
The sangeet and reception will be held in Delhi on December 5 and December 7, respectively. While the venue for the sangeet is a farmhouse near Chattarpur, the reception will be at a city hotel.
Yuvraj’s father had revealed that the couple will have a “small” wedding. The wedding is reported to be an intimate affair with 60 guests, which will include Yuvraj’s close friends, family and fellow cricketers from both the Ranji team and the national team. “We are holding the sangeet, mehendi and reception on the same day, followed by a gurdwara shaadi, after which we will take Hazel for ‘darshan’ of our guru Baba Deep Singh Ji,” Yograj Singh had said
The Punjab southpaw is a champion in his own right, having fought and defeated cancer. He inspired a whole generation of youngsters by making a comeback to international cricket after a battle with the deadly disease.
However, the important question is whether Yuvraj has been able to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh from the bank for his wedding. The Government of India, in its demonetisation move, has placed a daily cap on withdrawals from ATMS and banks. Only those getting married can withdraw up to Rs. 2.5 lakh.
Yuvraj is soon set to join the league of married Indian cricket stars. The likes of Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma tied the knots with their respective partners pretty recently.
Yograj says, “Demonetisation has hit primarily those who have black money. It would’ve pinched us if we were doing something grand. We, as a family, have always believed in simplicity. In a country where a majority of the population lives in abject poverty, people should spend reasonably at weddings. It is better to make donations to charitable organisations on your wedding day, instead of wasting large amounts on lavish parties.”
Yograj says “Yuvraj does not want to do ‘fizool kharch’. The wedding will see a small number of 60 guests, which includes his son’s close friends, family and colleagues from the Indian cricket team. “We are holding the sangeet, mehendi and reception on the same day, followed by a gurudwara shaadi, after which we will take Hazel for ‘darshan’ of our guru Baba Deep Singh Ji.”
Though Yograj, himself divorced from Yuvraj’s mom, Shabnam, has no pearls of wisdom to offer his son, he hopes that Yuvraj builds a wall around his relationship with Hazel.
“Marriage is about two people and there should be no scope for a third person. Relatives destroy relationships and I want these kids to know that they don’t have to let anyone have access to what they share. Hazel is a mature girl. She has grown up in a joint family, and all she wants from us is love. I was recently hospitalised, and she and Yuvraj were by my side all week. My family finally looks complete with Hazel!”
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