Monday, December 22, 2008


These are some photos taken at the engagement ceremony of Shiny, my niece. She did her chemical engineering degree in Chennai, India and her post graduation in Germany with petroleum and oil drilling as a special subject. She is one of the few girls in the world who has done a specialized study in oil drilling. After she came back from Germany, her parents arranged her marriage. The groom, Paul, who is also a chemical engineer, is working as manger in Reliance Petroleum Co.

Shiny put her ambition of pursuing a working career on the back burner and decided to get married in obedience to her parents wish.

She looks very pretty, elegant, graceful, intelligent and homely in that bewitching saree and all those gold ornaments adorning her. However, I am sure, behind this gorgeous, charming fa├žade lurks a feline ferocity which will be unleashed in disagreeable circumstances.

I wonder if she will be more at ease in jeans and slacks. But customs and traditions have to be meticulously followed. There is a saying: WHEN YOU ARE IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO.

I hope you will join me in wishing SHINY all happiness and success.


Mel said...

Joseph, she is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! May God richly bless her life with her husband, and may He meet all of the deepest needs and desires of her heart.

Many joyous Congratulations to her and to you and your family!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Mel :)

Many,many thanks for your good wishes.

I am thrilled at your lightning response. Fantastic!

God bless you and your family abundantly.

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
Congratulatons to your niece. You are right, she is very beautiful, and I love seeing the ethnic dress, we dress so blandly here, little color and few patterns.
I was in the grocery store the other day and a beautiful black woman was shopping wearing ethnic dress from somewhere in Africa, long robe, finely woven with rich colors, I embarrassed myself by staring. I wanted to go up to her and ask her where she was from but she saw me looking at her and quickly looked away. I know in many cultures it is not acceptable for women to talk to men so I just took another look and went on. I wish you had been there we could have gotten some pictures!

I'm sure you are all proud of her hard work and dedication to achieve in such an important field.
God bless,

J P Joshi said...

Congratulations to Shiny and Paul and all their near and dear ones. Congratulations to you too and thank you Joseph for sharing this occasion with us. May God bless the couple with health, happiness and the spirit enshrined in the sentence, 'till death do us part'. God bless.

Danielle&Hannah said...

Joseph, she is exotically beautiful and intelligent! I support some Researchers of Petrology in my work. She is surely a rare gem. Congratulations to her and may she be blessed with much happiness and love.


And wishing you a lovely CHRISTmas and wonderful time with your wife and family!

manivannan said...

Hello Sir,

Thanx for sharing this joyous occasion.Surely you must be really proud of your niece. My heartfelt wishes and prayers for their wonderful married life.

Many Thanx for your generous comment in my blog.

Have a great time and happy preparations for christmas.

magicpolaroid said...

hello Joseph! she is so beautiful!!
merry Christmas full of joy and happiness u too!

LJEANH said...

Joseph...Wishing you and your family a very Blessed Christmas and Safe New Year...will remember you all in my prayers. Laura in Stone Mountain, GA

SkyJuice said...

Congratulations to the newlyweds! Your niece is a beauty with brains.

Wishing you and family Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! God bless. :-)


That was very sweet, to share the lovely photographs. Your niece looks beautiful, and I wish her and her fiancee all the best for their future.

Let me take the opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy Christmas!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi SkyJuice :)

This is not a wedding. It is only an engagement. Wedding will take place later.

Many,many thanks for your good wishes :)

CIELO said...

Shiny is beautiful.... Best wishes for her on her new journey in life...

And Merry Christmas to you and warm wishes from our house to yours...


LaClau said...

My best wishes for Shiny in this new stage of her life!! She looks beautiful in that traditional dress.

Joseph, best wishes and joy for you and your family in this Christmas.

Greetings from Mexico!!

SkyJuice said...

Ooopppsss! My bad. I wish her all the best for her future wedding.



shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Hello Sir,
Thanks for sharing this wonderful occasion. I wish the couples a Great Love filled life.

Merry Christmas to you and your family sir.

Mark in Spokane said...


Many, many warm congratulations to you and your family on the wedding of your niece. May God shower her, her husband, and your whole family with blessings and happiness.

As an aside, your niece is a perfect example of why India is such important nation, and growing in importance: the value placed on education and on family. That's an amazing combination, and it is (in my opinion), one of the keys to any successful nation.