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Ambani International Women's day!

Updated: Jun 24

Glamorous Business people of India

What do the Ambanis have to do with International Women's day, you may ask. Well, certainly they did not show that they were celebrating it. But come to think of it again, did they not? Well well, they certainly showed the world the biggest Pre-Wedding celebration of their son Anant Ambani to Radhika Merchant. And not just showed, but dazzled.. (Whoa! Pre-Wedding? What's that again? But let's leave that aside for a moment and concentrate on the Ambanis).

Even if you were never a social media magnet, you couldn't help being fed thousands of pictures and videos of how the Who's Who of the business and glamour world ( Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, etc..etc ) were at the Ambani bash, and how the women were dressed up in the most expensive, glamorous jewel (maybe not Versace since they did get a share of the pie by designing the pre wedding dress for Radhika). This was pomp and show at its best, and when i say best, i mean it was an irresistible cocktail of pomp and glamour blended with art and culture. Nita Ambani, the Show Stopper, is known to be something of a

Tradinista - Fashionista. So when she walks the ramp- it's not just a ramp walk, but it is in the form of a unique dance style, an ode to Divinity. With her cultural roots being well entrenched in the classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam, she used dance to express her prayers and celebrated in a beautiful and artistic manner, a form of Self Actualisation.

Hats off to Nita Ambaniji for keeping the Indian culture and tradition alive, and for making it blossom, grow, and show to the whole world that was watching, enthralled.

Having said all that, what's it to do with International Women's Day, anyway? Women all over the world were captivated by the allure of rubies, gems, stones and the inimitable display of wealth - but it's not just that, is it?

Akash Ambani (son of Nita ambani) and his wife Shloka Mehta celebrate,

Isha Ambani ( daughter of Nita Ambani) and her husband Anand Piramal dance.

What do you note here, that is common to both yet uncommon?

It is a trick question! Look closer at these pictures if you still don't get it.

Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal

Isha Ambani with husband Anand Piramal

Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

Shloka Mehta with husband Akash Ambani

And the much awaited answer....

Both the Ambani's daughter and daughter-in-law married into the richest families, yet retained their own family name (or maiden name if you like the word).

Shloka Mehta is still a Mehta and not an Ambani.

Isha Ambani is still an Ambani and not a Piramal.

Thus showing the world that common to both the Mehtas and Ambanis, though it may be uncommon to many others -- it is not just ok, but perfectly ok and correct to retain your identity while not becoming someone else just by marrying someone.

Hats off to all the Ambani and Mehta ladies for Women's Empowerment on this International women's day!!


Aina Rao

The Ambling Indian- Quirky reads on India by a New Aam Aurat.

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