Sadly for us, dreams aren’t always realised no matter how much we want them.
When Ajay Barot, a 27-year-old Indian man, couldn’t find a suitable partner, he feared he’d never be able to get married – something he always dreamt of doing.
The Gujrat native, who has learning disabilities, worried it was never going to happen – so his family decided to show him otherwise. With much fanfare, they gave Ajay his dream wedding day – filled with colours, hundreds of guests, music, the lot.
The only difference was, the wedding didn’t have a bride. But no matter for the Barot family, they had all the traditional trimmings of an Indian wedding – with 200 guests in attendance and even a haldi (pre-wedding) ceremony.
Ajay’s uncle, Kamlesh, explained to The Times of India that it was his own son’s wedding that further sparked his interest in getting married.
‘Ajay had always wanted such an occasion for himself and that wedding intensified his demand,’ said the uncle. ‘The family got together and decided he would have a wedding procession. We had wedding invitations printed, performed all the rituals by getting a priest and organised the feast. Ajay was beaming throughout.’
The Bardot family gave Ajay a traditional Indian wedding (Picture: ANI)
Ajay’s parents found out that he had learning difficulties when he was a child, shortly after which his mum died. Though they tried, the family said it was difficult to find him a match.
They added that it was a respectful ceremony, not intended to be mocking.
‘The event was not just to keep Ajay happy. it was also about the family finding solace in the fact he could experience it,’ added dad Vishnu. ‘There was no intention of mocking weddings or his sentiments.
‘We were heartened that so many of our relatives and villagers became part of the event.’
People online loved the idea. One person wrote: ‘Almost brought tears to my eyes. Believe me, it was a lifetime of happiness for Ajay. And kudos to his parents to make it special for him.’
What a sweet gesture. It certainly gives some of us singletons an idea.