It’s the stuff of Bollywood dreams, come to life—the big fat Indian wedding has withstood the test of time, economic turbulence, social reform, and even modern technology. But when you factor in pent-up pandemic demand, can India’s $50 billion industry possibly keep it up?
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Kira Bindrim is the host of the Quartz Obsession podcast. She is an executive editor who works on global newsroom coverage and email products. She is obsessed with reading and reality TV.
Manavi Kapur is a reporter with Quartz India covering health, the pandemic, gender, and socioeconomic inequality. She is obsessed with postcards, museums, and reading fiction.
Manavi Kapur’s Obsession email on Indian weddings
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wedding
Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur
Priyanka Chopra’s wedding dress
Lehengas by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Manish Malhotra, outfitter of Bollywood stars
Katrina Kaif weds Vicky Kaushal
“Bole Chudiyan,” song about karva chauth festival from the movie Khabi Khushi Khabie Gham
This episode uses the following sounds from freesound.org and Free Music Archive:
Bhangra rhythm 3 by sankalp
Variatio 22 a 1 Clav by Kimiko Ishizaka
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