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Not in Blood but in Bond: Mahesh Savani is a proud father of 472 daughters

Mahesh fosters 472 young women who have lost their fathers and helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life

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Indian brides sit for a group photo before a mass wedding hosted by a diamond trader in Surat, India. Image source: (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
  • Mahesh Savani was inspired to help fatherless daughters after his brother died
  • This year in 2016, 216 of his daughters will be married
  • Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers

AHMEDABAD: A staggering number that leads many people to question, how? Mahesh Savani, a businessman, is the proud father of 472 daughters. Not in blood but in bond. These daughters are not biologically his; rather, he serves as a generous father figure to these girls.

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Mahesh Savani lost his brother years ago. This left Savani not only heartbroken, but his two nieces were left without a father; Savani stepped in. This moved him to think of other girls who are left without a father. He says, “It is challenging for a woman who has lost her husband to get her daughter married.” Hina Kathiriya, whose father passed away six years ago got married in 2015, she says, “Mahesh papa is just a message away when we need him,” said the TOI report.

Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Mahesh Savani. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Savani’s interests range from realty, to school, and diamonds; a family business. He comes from the Raparda village of Bhavnagar, where his father came 40 years earlier. Originally his father was a diamond polisher, eventually turning into a unit. This unit is still in the family name, and is very prosperous.

According to TOI, Savani is now able to foster 472 young women who have lost their fathers. He helps them get married and supports them throughout their married life. Since the family business is successful, Savani can afford to spend over Rs 4 lakh on each daughter’s wedding. The girls get everything they need in order to start a home; clothes, utensils, and electronics. They also receive silver and gold. This year alone, Savani will help 216 girls get married. He does not prejudice against different religions, or different castes.

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“Mahesh papa is more than a father to me. I wish every girl in the world gets a father like him,” said Naheda Banu. She lost her father when she was just a child, and she married Arif in 2014.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Only a father can understand how hard it is to leave the family. Mahesh is a great man, his step towards this has made him a proud citizen of India.

  • devika todi

    this is a very kind and charitable move.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This shows that we have one more relation, other than blood relation, which is a relation of humanity.

  • AJ Krish

    Such acts, restores the lost faith in humanity. These selfless acts needs to be noticed and many more should follow his steps.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Nowadays people are busy with their own lives not even bothering about the people of their own family while this person is doing his best for the girls who lost their fathers .. This is really appreciable.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Only a father can understand how hard it is to leave the family. Mahesh is a great man, his step towards this has made him a proud citizen of India.

  • devika todi

    this is a very kind and charitable move.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This shows that we have one more relation, other than blood relation, which is a relation of humanity.

  • AJ Krish

    Such acts, restores the lost faith in humanity. These selfless acts needs to be noticed and many more should follow his steps.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Nowadays people are busy with their own lives not even bothering about the people of their own family while this person is doing his best for the girls who lost their fathers .. This is really appreciable.

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Consider These Tips Before Shopping For a Lehenga

Here are tips before going lehenga shopping

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Shopping for a bridal lehenga is one of the main things which every bride-to-be feels exhilarated as well as frantic about. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Shopping for a bridal lehenga is one of the main things which every bride-to-be feels exhilarated as well as frantic about. Placing a considerate amount of time and thought in choosing the bridal lehenga can pay off on the wedding day.

From destination to decoration and from weather to wearability, there are several things to be considered while purchasing bridal wear. Puneet Jain and Yatin Jain, Directors, ODHNI share some tips to keep in mind while buying the wedding lehenga.

A felicitous bridal wear

It is good to know about the latest trend; however, following it blindly is what a bride should avoid. In fact, the art of buying the bridal lehenga lies in not slipping on the trendiest lehenga, but to look stunning and comfortable. Nowadays, designers come up with a new style every day. From fish-cut to A-line, from ruffles to fringes, there are various exquisite lehengas a bride can choose from. Moreover, even the most basic lehenga will be perfect as long as the bride pulls it off with ease and grace.

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It is good to know about the latest trend; however, following it blindly is what a bride should avoid during shopping. Wikimedia Commons

Another important step in choosing a bridal lehenga is that it should fit one’s body properly. If it doesn’t fit right, it won’t look flattering at all. Ensure that the length of the skirt goes with the bride’s height. Going for a silhouette, that is comfortable as well it suits one’s body shape, adds on the much-needed confidence.

Heavy lehenga or light lehenga?

It is essential for a bride to consider the climatic conditions before buying her wedding lehenga, as the wedding date directly impacts the bridal lehenga in terms of fabrics, colours and silhouettes. If getting hitched in summers, then it is recommended to opt for light-weight fabrics (like chiffon, crepe, georgette), lighter hues, and minimal embellishments. On the other hand, she can go for heavy fabric, hefty adornment and full-sleeved lehenga if the wedding is during winters. A bride cannot wear a velvet lehenga during a summer wedding, nor can she wear a chiffon saree for a winter ceremony.

Therefore, while purchasing the wedding ensemble, keep these external factors in mind to be at ease on the wedding day.

Know your colour

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During lehenga shopping you should choose the right colour. Wikimedia Commons

Although red remains the first pick of many brides, there are various beautiful options one can pick. Indeed, every colour has its own appeal, while a monochrome lehenga is a royal choice radiating a wealthy and noble feeling, a multi-colour lehenga is more spirited.

Correct embellishments

Chikankari, gota patti, sequin, zari, dabka, thread work; the list is endless when it comes to embroideries and embellishments. Look for the kind of work which fits one’s idea of ideal trousseau. Embellishment is used to enhance the beauty and richness of an outfit, yet embroidery, such as thread work, can make the bride look fuller.

Additionally, if the jewellery has already been purchased, try to sync the lehenga with that accordingly.

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Give a personal touch in bridal wear

Indeed, a wedding outfit primarily defines a bridal look, and therefore, has to resonate with one’s own style that screams ‘YOU’ in every sense. Today, customising the bridal wear has become a desirable option among women. And so, adding the couple’s names together, a hashtag with initials of couple names, or even the wedding date etched on the latkans, on blouse back or sleeves, on the dupatta’s hem, or even on the lehenga skirt, makes the bridal attire striking and memorable. (IANS)

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Common Myths About Destination Wedding Busted

Destination wedding in your mind? Know everything about it

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If you are drooling over the idea of a destination wedding but hesitant to go for it calling it an expensive affair, then that's just a myth. Pixabay

If you are drooling over the idea of a destination wedding but hesitant to go for it calling it an expensive affair or calling it just for the elites, here we are busting the myths.

Sandeep Lodha, Chief Executive Officer, Weddingz.in explains in detail:

Myth #1: Expensive affair

Destination wedding
It is a common perception that wedding planners put together a destination wedding that looks artificial and is far from what the couple actually desires or their personalities. Pixabay

Contrary to popular belief, weddings, if planned well, are not just easy on your pockets, but also end up posing as a great bonding exercise for the family. Moreover, timely planning allows you to avail of a gamut of deals on venue and non-venue services like catering, decor, jewellery, outfits and insulate you from the brunt of inflation. Initiating the back-end work during the off-season also gives you the freedom to choose from the choicest selections at breakthrough prices and helps you execute the much anticipated eBig Fat Indian Wedding’ by eliminating the chances of last-minute price shoot-ups.

Myth #2: Weddings curated by planners lack a personal touch

It is a common perception that wedding planners put together a wedding that looks artificial and is far from what the couple actually desires or their personalities. However, they are professionals who work with the only purpose of bringing an individual’s plans to reality. They have the intention of providing clients an enjoyable and memorable experience, and seamless events leading up to the big day. In order to ensure the same, they make a note of the aspirations and preferences of the couple, get acquainted with their style and personality, and finally bring together an affair that simply is an extension of the couple’s persona and specially curated for them…all while being patient and passionate about your big day. Today, bespoke weddings are a rising trend across India, wherein all elements of the wedding, right from the wedding website, decor, bar, food menu and light settings are specially customized keeping in mind the couple’s interests and hobbies.

Myth #3 : Destination weddings are only for the elite

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If you think that a destination wedding is meant for the elite, then you are wrong about it. Pixabay

In today’s day and age aspiring millennials, with most belonging to the middle-income group are making bold choices with regards to destination weddings. They are not shying away from exploring all sorts of destinations be it beaches, palaces, lakesides and historical forts among others. They opt for guest accommodation close to the venue to make it feasible for all. Besides, resorts and venues offer discounts on bulk packages and cater to end-to-end needs of all attendees, taking away the burden of planning this massive affair from the to-be-weds. The hotel ensures that all the important details are accounted for, look after guest RSVPs, room service, hospitality and F&B provisions in the lead up to the wedding so as to make it a memorable experience for each one to have participated in the event.

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Myth #4: Running errands personally is the key to a successful wedding

While weddings can be a tedious event involving a lot of moving around, there are new-age online wedding companies offering best-in-class venue and non-venue services at the mere click of a button. These are reliable and pose as one-stop-shop for all your wedding-related needs entailing every element from the venue to Mehendi to the bridal lehenga to wedding planning. Brands like Weddingz.in provide hassle-free planning & booking at guaranteed best prices and also assist you with venues by facilitating guided visits. They also help you pick from a range of options to cater to your preferences and tastes and give you access to over 20000+ vendors across the country. They save you the drudgery of running from pillar to post in the quest for finding the right vendor and make the process seamless by strategically bridging the gap between you and some of the best vendors in the business. (IANS)

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Here are Suggestions to Ace a Destination Wedding

5 ways to ace a destination wedding

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BY PUJA GUPTA

No matter where and when you plan your destination wedding, executing one is far from a cakewalk. A lot needs to be taken into account, and the entire process needs to be thoroughly thought through, in order to avoid any crisis or chaos. A destination wedding surely has its advantages including a scenic view and unique celebration in itself, but to truly enjoy every moment, a plethora of factors must be given due diligence.

As the fervour around the current wedding season increases, OYO’s Weddingz.in suggests some easy ways how you can truly ace it.

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Selecting a suitable location is the first and foremost step to having the perfect destination wedding. Pixabay

* Prioritise the location and recce

Selecting a suitable location is the first and foremost step to having the perfect destination wedding. Be mindful of the weather at that particular location, along with available venues, local vendors, and its overall aesthetics. Further, ensure that you make one trip to the destination well in advance for a recce and if one cannot travel to the destination in advance, cross-check logistics with professional help and plan ahead of time.

* Keep the guest-list in check

As a destination wedding is generally an expensive affair, it is recommended that you have a limited guest-list. In most cases, you end up incurring the cost for your guests’ accommodation, travel, and other sundry expenses. Therefore, it is best to celebrate a destination wedding only amidst your close ones. Moreover, be sure to inform them in advance so that they can plan ahead too, and make bookings accordingly.

* Hire local professionals

A very important step is to pick local vendors and planners when it comes to a destination wedding, especially when international, as they are well-versed with the area, location, language, and every other nitty gritty. Hiring a local planner is highly advantageous as it makes coordination with these vendors along with bookings seamless, as they are up-to-date with the required details of the destination. With regard to vendors like florists, caterers, rental companies and other suppliers, it is best to pick them in-person when you go for your recce, and ask for referrals to book the best.

destination wedding guests
As a destination wedding is generally an expensive affair, it is recommended that you have a limited guest-list. Pixabay

* Be mindful of budgets

A well-planned budget is essential for a well-organised destination wedding. In case you decide to take your own preferred planners and vendors along, be sure to keep their accommodation and travel reasonable, yet comfortable. For weddings involving alcohol, it is best to purchase from local stores to not incur a huge cost of transporting the same, especially to an international location. Most importantly, partner with a dedicated wedding planner who will provide you with the best deals and 100% delivery on promises, thus ensuring a great event. Lastly, to avoid last-minute and out-of-control expenditures, keep a checklist at hand since Day 1.

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* Focus on packing

Finally, pack your luggage as per the chosen destination, with its climate being the most important factor. If it’s a cold place, carry warmer clothes, and ensure that you pack the essentials. Additionally, it is always a nice gesture to pack some simple gifts and handwritten notes in your luggage for your guests, to make them feel welcome and add to their merriment around the festivities. (IANS)

Not in Blood but in Bond: Mahesh Savani is a proud father of 472 daughters
Consider These Tips Before Shopping For a Lehenga
Common Myths About Destination Wedding Busted
Here are Suggestions to Ace a Destination Wedding