Aashka Go­ra­dia talks about her up­com­ing wed­ding and plans for her birth­day.

Aashka Go­ra­dia says she will be in cel­e­bra­tion mode ev­ery year for an en­tire week with her birth­day falling right be­fore her white and tra­di­tional wed­ding dates

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Aashka Go­ra­dia is feel­ing tired. “I have been run­ning around tak­ing care of the wed­ding prepa­ra­tions,” says the Naa­gin ac­tor, who will tie the knot with her fi­ancé Brent Goble on De­cem­ber 3 in Aashka’s home­town, Ahmed­abad (Gu­jarat). They will also have a white wed­ding on De­cem­ber 1.

She says, “My love story is a fairy tale, so why not the wed­ding? If you asked me a cou­ple of years ago, I used to think that I wouldn't ever get mar­ried. To­day, my friends ask me about that thought and my an­swer is that I found the right guy and what mat­ters is get­ting mar­ried to him. This de­ci­sion has led to the hap­pi­ness of my fam­ily, who have al­ways dreamt that I get mar­ried in a cer­tain way, which is why I am go­ing all out to have a fairy-tale wed­ding.”

Aashka’s fam­ily and friends are help­ing but she is look­ing after her in-laws her­self. She says, “I am ex­cited that Brent’s fam­ily wants an In­dian style wed­ding. I have been work­ing on their clothes for the var­i­ous func­tions. I re­alise it is not the big day that mat­ters but the small mo­ments lead­ing to the big day that do. I never imag­ined that I would ex­pe­ri­ence such joy in life or have an in­ter­cul­tural mar­riage. The white wed­ding will be dif­fer­ent as my fam­ily will do things that they have never done be­fore. I am still work­ing on my vows. There are many new things I am do­ing that I never thought I would do.”

While Brent wants to go to New Zealand for the hon­ey­moon, the cou­ple hasn’t planned any­thing yet. “Brent’s par­ents want to see In­dia and we are ex­cited to take them to Ra­jasthan and also show them the Taj Ma­hal. That’s the plan as of now,” says the bride.

Other than the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions, Aashka’s birth­day too, is around the corner (on Novem­ber 27), which has in­creased the ex­cite­ment. “You know, ini­tially the wed­ding date was Novem­ber 27-28 but I put my foot down as I didn’t want my birth­day and the wed­ding day to be the same. That’s why we chose De­cem­ber 1 and 3 for the wed­ding dates. This birth­day is my last as a spin­ster, so I will have a blast with my fam­ily and cousins in Ahmed­abad. And now ev­ery year, cel­e­bra­tions will start on Novem­ber 27 and con­tinue till De­cem­ber 3. That was my plan all along (laughs),” she says.

I re­alise it is not the big day that mat­ters but the small mo­ments lead­ing to the big day that do. I never imag­ined that I would ex­pe­ri­ence such joy in life or have an in­ter­cul­tural mar­riage.

AASHKA GO­RA­DIA, AC­TOR

Aashka Go­ra­dia and Brent Goble

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