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The wedding of Shilpa Gawde and Ninad Palkar was postponed just one day before the event.

For the greater good: The Gawdes and the Palkars

Engaged last December and to be married on March 19, the wedding of Shilpa Gawde and Ninad Palkar was postponed just one day before the event. Shilpa’s parents, Pandurang and Priya Gawde, took the decision in view of the safety of their guests, given that Maharashtra is the worst state in India to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Not only were all preparations for the wedding done and finalised, the various rituals, the Ganesha pujan and that haldi ceremony, preceding the wedding were also in full swing. But as COVID-19 continued to spread, the Gawdes and the Palkars mutually agreed to postpone the wedding, the preparations for which had begun as early as January. Invitation cards were distributed a month ago and around 1,200 people were invited. Relatives had booked their tickets and some had even arrived early, but we decided to give priority to precautions, the only way to tackle the virus outbreak, says Priya. Pandurang admits that the postponement will result in huge financial losses, but then, as he puts it, the safety of our guests was far more important to us.

And though disappointed, the Gawdes and Palkars are happy that they have done right by their guests and contributed their bit to prevent the spread of the disease. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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