Ring For Happiness
Penguin Random House boss Chiki Sarkar got married to Alex Travelli, a senior journalist with a Hong Kong-based magazine, in an elegant ceremony at senior Congress leader and bibliophile Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in Lutyens’ Delhi last week. He and Aveek Sarkar, Chiki’s father and media baron, go back a long way. Besides, his youngest daughter Yamini and Chiki are close friends. It was a traditional Bengali wedding and one of the Sarkar family members translated the Sanskrit shlokas and hymns to the gathering which had guests from the US, Europe, Pakistan, and, of course, various parts of India. Congress president Sonia Gandhi came to bless the couple, and quite unlike her, stayed for over an hour-and-a-half till dinner, mingling freely with other guests, like Ramachandra Guha and Rudrangshu Mukherjee. It was a relatively small affair as the guests were limited to a hundred. The catering was by celebrity chef and Diva restaurant owner Ritu Dalmia—her wedding gift to Chiki—and the cuisine international. This was the Delhi end of the celebrations; now the party moves to Calcutta, where Aveek Sarkar has planned a big bash. Here’s wishing Chiki and Alex a lot of fun together.