Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Here are some photos of the wedding of my niece, SHINY JAMES PULIKOTIL. She is a Syrian Catholic and the groom is Syrian Jacobite. The wedding took place in a Syrian Jacobite Church.

Kindly bless her and wish her all happiness.


Mel said...

Congratulations, Shiny! Congratulations, Joseph! How exciting! May the Lord bless Shiny and her husband with long lives full of good health, peace and prosperity. I have one question… Why are they not smiling? Is it customary to look so somber in wedding photos?

Bless you, Joseph! :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Mel :)

I think they are not smiling because it is an arranged marriage and they hardly know each other. Besides no one told them to smile and every one wanted to go through the formalities as fast as possible. The mass itself takes one long hour. Shiny is not used to the type of mass that is being said in the church because she is a Roman Catholic and the wedding took place in a Syrian Jacobite Church.

Many thanks for your comment and your query.

Best wishes :)

Femin Susan said...

may god bless shiny and her good husband. and may good health and happiness always follow them through out there lives.that's all what to say!!!!!

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
Your niece is very beautiful and a handsome groom as well. As you know in our culture we have no arranged marriages and it is a interesting and difficult concept to fathom. I wonder if the success rate is better than ours, which is a dismal 50%. I hope the best for them and may they grow in love and respect for each other.
God bless,

Danielle&Hannah said...

Thank you for sharing that with us Joseph! You are so pruod of her and that is very special love.
Congratulations Shiny and may God's belssings be upon your marriage each and every day! Shiny looks beautiful and the colours of the guests are lively and happy!
Danielle :-)

manivannan said...

My sincere prayers and wishes to the newly weds. May God fill their life with joy and happiness, and let all that is good come unto them.

Thanx for sharing this happy occasion with us sir

have a wonderful time :)

Swarna said...

All wishes and prayers for their happiness and contentment. Thanks for sharing!

Howard said...

Wow. Although we are on the same planet, I always find your world so different from mine. Thanks again for sharing...

JM said...

This is a really nice coverage of the wedding! Thanks for sharing and congratulations to your niece.

magicpolaroid said...

congratulations! All wishes to wedding!

LaClau said...

It's wonderful to get to know different kinds of ceremonies around the world. It's incredible the way in which human beings share desires and the different manifestation of them.
Thanks so much Joseph for opening this wonderful window of your country and culture. I respect and enjoy it very much.
Saludos from Mexico,



God bless Shiny and her husband with every happiness and good health.
Thanks for sharing.

Bluebirdy said...

This is fascinating. What is a Jacobite? Do Christians in that part of the world also have arranged marriages? Mel, I wonder if that's why they are not smiling, maybe it is arranged and they don't know each other. Very interesting blend of Indian Sari and Christian white veil and bride's bouquet of flowers.

Nevermind my questions. I read more of the comments and yes, they look like arranged marriage. I didn't know Christians did that. I don't think I could do it. I don't understand how people can do it at all. So foreign to me. I hope they will soon fall in love and will be ALL SMILES by their first anniversary. Is Shiny your daughter? BEAUTIFUL MIXING OF CULTURES/RELIGIONS!
FCB...the rate of divorce is almost nil in arranged marriages, but that does not mean they are happily married. My husband comes from a culture of arranged marriages and he had the courage to choose his own bride, ME! lol.
Blessings, Sheila/Bluebirdy

Bluebirdy said...

Sorry again, I see now that Shiny is your neice, not daughter.
Blessings, Sheila


Very nice pictures of the ceremony. thanks for sharing!

All the very best to your niece and her husband for a happy, long and prosperous wedded life.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Shiela :)

The Jacobite Syrian Church is part of Syriac Orthodox Church which was established by St.Peter in the year 37 A.D. in Antioch. The Patriarch of this church is in Antioch. It was brought to India by St. Thomas in 52A.D.

Best wishes :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

Most of the marriages in India are arranged marriages. These marriages generally last a life time not because these are couples are very happy but because of economic necessity and the dependence of woman on the man for support.

Best wishes :)

Maria said...

What a beautiful ceremony and how young and happy your niece and her husband look! I wish them happiness, good health, prosperity and many beautiful children!
Thank you for sharing!

Angela Barton said...

Hello Joseph-

I wish your beautiful niece a life of happiness and health.

It is Angela, from the blog My Year without Spending. You posted a comment about my resolve not to buy anything new for one year. Thank you for your thoughts and I was wondering- how did you find my blog? I am new to all this.
thanks so much and bless you.

Angela Barton

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Angela :)

Welcome to my blog and I am thrilled to see you here.

I was just browsing and came across your blog with a very captivating header. Very practical and down to earth and I liked it.

Many thanks for your visit and your comments.

Best wishes :)

J P Joshi said...

Congratulations to Shiny and her groom and all her near and dear ones. The wedding photographs are beautiful. My God bless them with a fulfilling marriage and life.

SkyJuice said...

Hi Joseph,

I'd like to wish Shiny James and husband a blessed and happy union. May God bless them always. Congratulations! :-)

Best wishes.

purple_bear1023 said...


Thanks for sharing these pictures. I am not sure if you are related to a good friend of mine Taju Polikotil?

Be blessed

Congrats to the newly wed!