India: Guests at a Wedding in Travel Longer Magazine

 

Thank you to Travel Longer Magazine – The World’s Premier Extended Travel & Photography Magazine for including our article about India, “Guests are like Gods at an Indian Wedding,” in their magazine!

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The article begins: Being raised in Los Angeles, California, I always knew that dreams could come true, at least in the movies. At times I have to pinch myself, realizing that my own personal fairy tale has come true by meeting George online, quitting our jobs to travel for a year, and getting engaged underwater. Imagine my surprise to suddenly witness a scene that I thought could only happen on film in the beach town of Puri, Odisha, in Eastern India.This area is known as one of the poorest sections of India with the lowest literacy rates; however, none of that matters during wedding season. No costs are spared during these multi-day extravaganzas. One night, we heard a marching band performing live down below our balcony. Wandering down a side street to investigate, we wondered, “Is this the Sea Beach festival?” We were told that there would be classical and folk dancing as well as late night and early morning fire works.The band carried a large gold banner and wore golden shirts and matching hats rimmed with red decor. Then we saw him, decked out like a Disney dream on steroids, a groom resplendent in a white wedding suit perched upon a jeweled white horse. Had we just stepped onto the set of a Bollywood film? No, this was reality. The music and the groom perched upon the horse with tears in his eyes were genuine. The groom turned and saw us taking his photo; we said, “Congratulations!” and he waved

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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