A wedding brings cheer to the hopeless

Manjula and Rajesh being greeted by P.I. Srividya, Deputy Commissioner, Kodagu, on Sunday.  

For people living amidst tales of shattered lives and destroyed livelihood in the relief camps of Kodagu, a wedding celebrated on Sunday came like a ray of hope not only for the couple but for all the occupants and the organisers.

The bride Manjula is from Makkandur in Kodagu district and the groom, Rajesh, is from Kannur district in Kerala that witnessed unprecedented floods.

Their engagement was a grand affair, celebrated with friends and relatives. Manjula was looking forward to the wedding scheduled to be held in a local choultry at the end of the month. But on August 15 and 16 Kodagu fell under the grip of a heavy spell of rain. Soon, it was clear that disaster was imminent and the evacuation of villages began. This was a timely move as landslips brought in torrents of mud that flattened houses, coffee plantations, and forests, while the road disappeared. All this left the local community economically shattered and displaced overnight.

The shift for Manjula – from her house to new environs replete with tales of destruction emanating from the surrounding villages – shattered her dreams. But some local organisations chipped in with funds and organised the wedding at a choultry in Madikeri on Sunday.

The guests included Manjula’s new found friends in relief camps all of whom had been evacuated from different villages. They assembled at the Omkareshwara temple for the ceremony.

Deputy Commissioner P.I. Srividya; Superintnedent of Police Suman D. Pennekar; and others came to greet the the newlyweds. Another wedding is slated to be held on September 12 for which preparations are afoot in the camps.

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