A la ‘Veer Zara’ wedding of Amritsar’s grandson with a Pak girl…. Rashmi Talwar / Rising Kashmir

A la ‘Veer Zara’ wedding of Amritsar’s grandson with a Pak girl

Rashmi Talwar SEPTEMBER 13, 2013—–
Rising Kashmir

It may be a little bewildering but it happened! Of course Yash Chopra’s hit film ‘Veer Zara’ set the track and tone for cross-border, cross-religion marriages but nothing could have prepared the Hoon family- of the Potadhar tribe of Hindus, Sikhs and Punjabi Hindus, when their son Kanav Partap Hoon, lost his heart to Muslim Samiya Siddiq of Lahore, Pakistan. More so as Kanav happens to be the grandson of (retd) Lt general Prem Nath Hoon, a former Indian army commander, settled in Chandigarh.
The innocent interaction by two youngsters Kanav, 27 and Samiya, 26 started over the internet. With strict visa policy and even harsher rival country situation, combined with the fact that it could turn out to be a mere infatuation, they decided to meet in Dubai as friends first. But after Dubai there was no turning back as each had fallen madly in love.

Kanav Partap Hoon (chandiagarh) weds Samiya Siddiqi of Lahore

Kanav Partap Hoon (chandigarh) weds Samiya Siddiqi of Lahore

Kanav, took a strong stand with his family especially his father Ronnie and grandfather that Samiya was the only girl he wanted to marry. “It was not only about the girl being a Muslim but about her being from Pakistan,” commented a family friend.
Even though the situation caused heavy creases on the foreheads of both the father and grandfather of the boy, no amount of cajoling worked for the young boy or the Pakistani girl to give up their relationship. Finally the Indian family had to relent for the sake of the happiness of their only son.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN RISING KASHMIR  Veer Zara- Indo Pak , Hindu Muslim Wedding

FIRST PUBLISHED IN RISING KASHMIR
Veer Zara- Indo Pak , Hindu Muslim Wedding

Early this year, the pre-wedding, shagun ceremony was held in Lahore, whereby the family from Chandigarh had traveled to Lahore, but till then the father and grandfather had not given in to the desire of Kanav and so did not accompany them. Also, people in services are not given visas to each other’s countries by both neighbors. However, the boy’s mother Radhika @Radhu and maternal grandmother of Kanav, and a few more close relatives chose to do the right thing in the circumstances and the ceremony of consolidation of promise of marriage, was happily entered into at the maternal home of bride-to-be Samiya, in Lahore.
A marriage party of 55 persons came down from Lahore to Chandigarh for the wedding on this Friday in which there were more women than men including young girls. There were four functions for the wedding including a Mehandi raat and a cocktail.
As is the norm in Punjabi weddings these days, family members and friends prepare a cultural programme on bollywood numbers. From the bride Samiya’s side, Pakistani girls danced on latest saucy and raunchy hit Indian bollywood numbers like ‘meri photo ko chipka le saiyaan fevicol se’, ‘loongi dance’ ; ‘firebrigade mangva de tu’ etc. A guest from the Pakistani side later revealed that the Pak girls who danced were not all from the family but professional dancers, who had accompanied the marriage party from Lahore.
Samiya, is the daughter of Shazia Siddiq, as was claimed by her family, who had lost her father Mian Mohammed Siddiq early in life. But speculation ran riot during the wedding that bride Samiya was the daughter of Shahbaz Shrief the Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, the brother of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shrief .
The marriage was first registered in court without any formal religious vows and a grand reception was held in Taj Hotel, Chandigarh. The fact that Shahbaz Sharief’s divorced wife Aaliya Honey and her sister were present during the wedding celebrations, had triggered the rumors. The Tareek E Insaaf party of Imran Khan was quick to grab political mileage out of the situation, and known to have put the news links on their Twitter and Facebook posts, later however they removed it.
The bride’s family had brought a specially designed Doli (palanquin) in the shape of a blooming Lotus for the bride to be carried by four carriers. The trend of Dolis is often seen in big fat Punjabi weddings in India these days.
“The Doli was exquisite, I have never seen a more beautiful designed doli. Matching the doli were miniature lotus flower candle holders that were put in the entire pandal,” said one guest. The bride’s families were wearing Indo-western outfits instead of pure ethnic wear of Lehanga, Shararas, Sarees etc and the designs were out of the world, beamed one guest. The outfits had been designed in Karachi. Incidentally, the groom’s mother is the owner of a high class fashion boutique in Chandigarh and so both sides were going gag over each other’s outfits as Indians and Pakistanis Punjabis are considered to be too fashion conscious.
A guest at the wedding and close family friend told Rising Kashmir that tongues kept wagging about the bride being from Pakistan’s ruling family of Shariefs’. While the bride and groom kept mum over the issue it was grandfather (retd) Lt Gen Hoon who cleared the air and said this was false and angrily stated that people concoct stories out of nowhere. Being unwell, 85- year old Ambar Hoon, grandmother of the bridegroom couldn’t attend the wedding.
A Senior journalist who attended the wedding along with some top politicians of Punjab like Rana Gurjit Singh stated – “Cyber space has given a handle to religious fanaticism in groups but on a personal and singular level it has served to build bridges and reject snobbish ideas of religion. If any wedding has been the cynosure of all eyes after Ashwarya Rai and Abhishekh Bachchan and Sania Mirza and Shoaib, it is this of Pakistani girl marrying the grandson of the former Indian army commander who is known to openly air his views on Indo-Pak relations in the face of violations and provocations at the LoC that has caught the imagination of people as the way forward for better relations between the two warring countries. Even though the Hoons are known to be a martial tribe from central Asia says Autar Mota, a Kashmir who has worked on Huns, Mihirkula being once rulers of Kashmir. However, the Hoon family of Chandigarh traces its origins from Potodhar Plateau and natives of Abottabad- in Pakistan, the infamous hideout of the Osama Bin Laden- the 9/11 mastermind.”
The former commander of Indian army Lt Gen Hoon headed the 15 Corps that had recaptured Siachen glacier in April 13, 1984 in Op Meghdoot.
The author can be mailed at rashmitalwarno1@gmail.com
URL: http://www.risingkashmir.in/a-la-veer-zara-wedding-of-amritsars-grandson-with-a-pak-girl
FIRST PUBLISHED IN RISING KASHMIR ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

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35 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kallol Mukherjee on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    excellent

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  2. Posted by Harry Rakhraj on September 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    What a heart-warming story! Graphical narration. Totally wowed!!

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  3. Posted by Jaat Chaudhary Vikas Malik on September 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Lucky

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  4. Posted by Jahir Hussain on September 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Wow………….wow………………

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  5. Posted by Shafiq Mir on September 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I read this article early this morning and felt that as I was personally in the wedding party …… Nice write up Rashmi Talwar….

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  6. Posted by Bhavna Bhatia on September 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wow Rashmi Talwar enjoyed a lot by ur write up….

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  7. Posted by Meenakshi Khosla on September 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Hey Rashmi Cristal clear writeup, about the marriage must remark Left General Hoon is a revered figure here and also runs Hundai motors , at this age. commendable as always You weave your flowers well !

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  8. Posted by Rameez Farooq on September 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Amazing

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  9. Posted by Bhupinder Singh on September 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    so nice———- Ass Commandant BSF Bhupinder Singh

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  10. Posted by Nirmal Maunder on September 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    My congratulations & admiration to both her & his family.More to be admired is her’s because marriage can trigger some religious backlash.

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  11. Posted by Bindu Singh on September 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Nice write up !!

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  12. Posted by Shazia Aeijaz on September 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Bitter truth

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  13. Posted by Shazia Aeijaz on September 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I salute ,d Lv dt cms true is seldom found, bt a veer -zara couple is smwt bitter 4 2 religions, dts y i said it likewise

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  14. Posted by Mohinder Khanna on September 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    WAHOO GOD BLESS YOU BOTH WITH MOST HAPPY LIFE.RAM KRIPA

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  15. Posted by Jack Kairon on September 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Learn to respect women, not only of ur house but of others also. Respect all as fellow human beings, none is inferior just because they belong to another sex, religion etc. We r on huge family on this planet, let’s make our home beautiful, safe and free for all without fear and boundaries

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  16. very touching story… It proves when people decide to be indifferent to differences, world becomes such a lovely place to live in. After all borders are creations of the man and the mind.
    Kudos to you Rashmiji for such a heart warming narration!

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    • Pamela dear, thanks for your fabulous observation, yes the world will be better place if inter religious and cross country marriages take place esp between India and Pak …Thanks dear for visiting this blog

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  17. Posted by Mohammad Farooq Wani on September 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Lagay Raho Rishtey banatey jaw aur kareeb aaw…

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  18. Posted by Malhotra Puneet Punnu on September 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Pak gal Rashmi Talwar……..??

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  19. Posted by samy on September 15, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    war booty!

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  20. Posted by Rimpu Dhillon on September 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    YES !!! Good to hear this cross-border mingle !

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  21. Posted by Anon on September 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    In day to day reality, culture, language, customs, food, etc. plays more important role than religion for the majority of people just trying to live their lives. Having travelled to the west where there was not much apprehensions between indian and pakistanis, you realize that there is very little difference between punjabis from both sides. Food, appearances, clothes (traditional use of shalwar kameez over saris), language, there can actually be more similarities between an indian punjabi and pakistani punjabi than pakistani karach ite and pakistani punjabi. I had a friend whose family was from lahore and he could readily pass for a cousin of mine. Too similar it seemed strange in the geo-political context. If they are happy and respect each other that ultimately is what is important. I doubt the girl will find much of a culture shock living in Chandigarh.

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