The ostensible reason behind going to Himachal Pradesh was to attend my friend’s wedding. So we took our marriage preparations seriously and headed to beautify our hands in Delhi.
Mehendi / Henna artists sit in Delhi’s tourists areas armed with cones and eucalyptus oil. For 15-25 rs, they will create magic on your palms. The henna feels cool to touch, and as the artists evolves pattern after pattern , you sit wondering at how all your ancient history, design, art and culture is now pouring itself onto your palms.
The henna will soon dry and shed itself. Your hands will be stained in beautiful orange and red. It will stay for some days, before fading away, and making you want some more henna on your hands 🙂
Here’s mine and J’s hands just after we got them adorned with henna. (This photo was taken by my niece Remitha)
In certain communities, the groom also puts on henna. My friend decided to go easy on it though.
And here’s the bride’s mehendi…
In Delhi, Janpath and Delhi Haat (Dilli Haat) are the most likely places where you can bump into a mehendi artist.