In Chennai ( and perhaps in Tamil Nadu?), it has become manadatory to have a Mehendi Ceremony , 2,3 days before the wedding. Professional mehendi walis are hired for 3 hrs. Young girls from the boy's & girl's side come dressed in modern colourful outfits like skirt-blouse, ghagra-choli etc. Lot of CDs are played - hits from hindi & tamil movies. Everbodu dances with gay abandon. The fare is generaly chat, for such occasion. There is a wedding in the family on 9 th & this evening wee had the mehendi ceremony. I am posting some photos in the next posts. Love, Chithra.