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Scotty and Shanti’s beautiful wedding is based on traditional Indian wedding ceremony, which has four components and lasts over several days.

( Scotty and Shanti’s wedding will screen on Shortland Street at 7.00pm Monday July 21st, on TV2.)

Here we explain a little bit about each of the components.

Please note: These are general guidelines and not hard and fast rules for an Indian Hindu wedding. The modern Indian wedding has become a mixture of the traditional and the trendy, so there are things that have changed over the years. Weddings also vary from region to region.

Mehndi – Day One

The Mehndi is traditionally a ceremony for women and revolves around the beautifying and pampering of the bride-to-be. Shanti sits on a higher chair than everyone else during her Mehndi ceremony. During the ceremony, Shanti has both her hands and feet henna’ed with traditional Mehndi designs. Mehndi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration. It is typically done on special occasions, particularly weddings. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds permanently to lawsone, the colorant of henna.

The tradition of Henna started in India in the early days when bridal decoration was scarce. Henna was used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.
All women get some form of henna done, although most of the work is done on Shanti. The other girls would have the palms of their hands done as a minimum, as it’s auspicious to do so. Both family and friends do this.

Dandiya Raas – Day Two

Dandiya and Garba are the featured dances of Navratri evenings in Gujarat. Originating as devotional Garba dances, which were performed in the honor of Goddess Durga, this dance form is actually the staging of a mock-fight between the Goddess and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king. The sticks of the dance represent the sword of Durga.
Women normally perform it in a graceful and rhythmic manner in a circle, as they rotate around the ‘mandvi’. The women wear traditional dresses such as colorful embroidered choli, ghagra and bandhani dupattas dazzling with mirror work and heavy jewellery. Traditionally the males wear a silk kurta, of any colour.
The dancers whirl and move their feet and arms in a choreographed manner to the tune of the music with lots of drum beats.

Dancers form two circles, an inner and an outer circle, both of which go in different directions. Males and females are separated into different circles, but towards the end of the night, this can get muddled, and the genders can mix.

There is a buffet set up (no meat) and people can just grab a plate, and move off to one of the tables nearby. There’s no formal seating arrangement, or planned ‘meal time’.

Lagan – Day Three

Lagan is the official Indian wedding ceremony. The guests would be seated on chairs, and the immediate wedding party sits on a raised platform/ canopy called a mandap. The mandap is four-pillared, and open on the sides. The bride and groom sit either side of the fire, which is in a stand for safety purposes. The area is also carpeted, and the party would sit on cushions or mattresses on either side.

Shanti wears a traditional sari in red on this day. She also wears a special shawl that drapes over her head and down. The groom’s scarf is tied to the bride’s sari which symbolizes the union of their two souls. The acharya chants mantras to invoke the blessings of Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Parvati for the bride. Once the Poojari has made his blessings, the bride and groom walk around the sacred fire seven times while tied together, with each circle symbolizing a promise that the couple makes to each other.

During the ceremony, Scotty applies a Sindoor onto the parting in Shanti’s hair. Sindoor is a red powder which is applied as a full line along the dividing part of a married woman’s hair or as a dot on the forehead. Sindoor called as maang, is the mark for married woman in Hinduism. The history of sindoor is believed to be very old; it is a very traditional practice. It expresses a woman’s desire for a long life for their husbands. The reason sindoor is red is because it comes from vermilion, and it is said to represent strength and love. Sindoor is placed on the part at the time of the marriage to signify that the wife is now under the protection of her husband and that anyone who harms her would find that their blood would be shed.

Shanti is also given a mangal sutra, which is an Indian and Nepali symbol of Hindu marriage, consisting of a gold ornament strung from a yellow thread, a string of black beads or a gold chain. It is comparable to a Western wedding ring, and is worn by a married woman until her husband’s death.

Reception – Day Four

This is typically the more casual of the wedding days and is, as the name suggests, the reception day where the bride and groom and their families have a party to celebrate the end of the wedding.

Guests bring gifts and money. Typically, a list is made of which gift came from which person. This is kept so you can equal the gift when you have to give one at their wedding.

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Uber-efficient receptionist Gerald Tippett decides to do a spot of self diagnosis on Shortland Street, after a visit to his GP.
Conflicted about his relationship with adoring Nurse Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper), Gerald asks his doctor for medication to increase his sexual appetite. Frustrated when nothing is prescribed, Gerald turns to the internet for answers and stumbles on the concept of ‘asexuality’. Hoping it could be the beginning of an all new understanding, has Gerald finally found the key to his confusion?

Also coming up – Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) shows his true colours when he challenges hospital policy. When an injured Whitetail gang member arrives at the clinic Craig decides to make a stand and refuses to treat the patient until he removes his colours, causing a stand off.
With Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) already in trouble with the Whitetails, is Craig also about to gain some very unsavoury enemies?

Meanwhile, savvy teenager Sophie McKay learns the true value of the dollar, when she is forced to take on part time work to save for a dream trip to France. As well as giving café work a shot, a vivacious Sophie opts to give baby-sitting a try and volunteers to look after Maia’s (Anna Jullienne) baby Jay. But with no prior experience with children under her belt, Sophie’s first babysitting experience may prove to be her last. How will she cope with a major baby breakdown? What transpires is not to be missed!

All will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite serial drama!

Just when couple Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) and Shanti (Nisha Madhan) were starting to think that nothing could stand in the way of their happiness, they get the mother of all surprises when Mrs. Kumari (Leela Patel) arrives on their doorstep. Surmising that she’s flown all the way to New Zealand from India to stop their impending nuptials, Shanti fears that having her mother around will be a test for her relationship; one that she and Scotty aren’t ready to face. Is Shanti’s mother here to further disrupt their relationship?

When a young badly beaten couple are brought into the ED, doctors at Shortland Street hospital become keenly aware that they are witnessing a huge increase in gang related injuries recently.
When Libby (Fleur Saville) is confronted with the reality of the situation, she wonders if boyfriend Kieran’s (Adam Rickitt) current dealings with the Whitetail gang might have something to do with the state of affairs. But will Libby be able to persuade Kieran that his new business venture is more trouble than it’s worth?

Meanwhile, Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) discovers new found respect for his parents.When workmate Mu (Scott Cotter) cuts his hand at the IV Bar, Hunter gets to put his first aid skills to the test.
Getting a kick out of dealing with the situation, Hunter has a better understanding of why his parents choose to be doctors. Then, good friend Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) suggests Hunter join the volunteer ambulance service and really give helping people a go. A germ of an idea is born – is there the making of another medic in the McKay family?

All will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite serial drama!

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

There’s trouble brewing in paradise on Shortland Street when Dr. Justine Jones (Lucy Wigmore) senses something is amiss with her husband’s behaviour.
Of late, Callum (Peter Mochrie) has been pouring on the charm and affection with his wife – which has only served to fuel her suspicions that Callum is up to something.
Known for his underhand behaviour, Justine puts her husband on the spot. Have Callum’s indiscretions finally caught up with him? Find out when Justine puts Callum under the grill!

There’s an odd threesome in the making, when up-tight receptionist Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) invites Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) to join him and girlfriend Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) for dinner.
An uneasy situation presents itself as Morgan entertains the idea that Gerald may be interested in Hunter; where-as Hunter hopes that Morgan may be interested in him.
The old adage ” Three’s a crowd” certainly rings true, but who ends up on the outer may serve to surprise us all.

Meanwhile, a rivalry of epic proportions rears its head when doctors Kip Denton (Will Hall) and Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) go head to head in the ED. When the two macho docs proffer alternative diagnoses of a patient, the competition for professional superiority begins. Is this simply a case of who is the better doctor, or has Kip caught wind of Hone’s affections for Tania (Faye Smythe)?

All will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite serial drama!

Just in case Shortland Street hasn’t been steamy enough, a hot new character, Dr Brooke Freeman, walks through the door to spice things up this week. Dr Freeman, played by actor Beth Allen who is best known for her role as Amber in the internationally acclaimed series The Tribe, arrives as the new locum for the Primary Care Clinic. ‘Brooke is the epitome of cool, calm and collected,” says Beth. “She gives the outward impression of being open and warm, while at the same time, actually being a closed book when it comes to her private life,” Predictably her elusive yet charming demeanour catches the atention of more than one handsome doctor around the hospital including the newly single Kip Denton (Will Hall) and the recently widowed Chris Warner (Michael Galvin). Which doctor will win Brooke’s affections or does she have her heart set on someone entirely different?

source: TV Guide

There’s trouble brewing in paradise on Shortland Street when Dr. Justine Jones (Lucy Wigmore) senses something is amiss with her husband’s behaviour.
Of late, Callum (Peter Mochrie) has been pouring on the charm and affection with his wife – which has only served to fuel her suspicions that Callum is up to something.
Known for his underhand behaviour, Justine puts her husband on the spot. Have Callum’s indiscretions finally caught up with him? Find out when Justine puts Callum under the grill!

There’s an odd threesome in the making, when up-tight receptionist Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) invites Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) to join him and girlfriend Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) for dinner.
An uneasy situation presents itself as Morgan entertains the idea that Gerald may be interested in Hunter; where-as Hunter hopes that Morgan may be interested in him.
The old adage ” Three’s a crowd” certainly rings true, but who ends up on the outer may serve to surprise us all.

Meanwhile, a rivalry of epic proportions rears its head when doctors Kip Denton (Will Hall) and Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) go head to head in the ED. When the two macho docs proffer alternative diagnoses of a patient, the competition for professional superiority begins. Is this simply a case of who is the better doctor, or has Kip caught wind of Hone’s affections for Tania (Faye Smythe)?

Here’s how the game works: you choose four Shortland Street characters for the month.

Points categories for July are:

100 points if your character: leaves the show, marries, divorces, proposes, gets pregnant (mother or father of child)
90 points if your character: gets fired, Breaks off a relationship
80 points if your character: moves house, starts a new job
50 points if your character: sleeps with someone, receives medical treatment/advice
40 points if your male character is seen with his top off or if your female character is seen in her bra/bikini
25 points if your character: says the name of a character who has left the show
20 points if your character: is seen on a non-set location (max of one per episode. e.g. park, outside hospital, gym, beach)
15 points if your character says a New Zealand placename (Ferndale doesn’t count) or says a sentence in another language (not just hello)
12 points if your character: is seen reading/looking through a book or magazine, seen holding money or EFTPOS/credit card
10 points if your character: kisses or hugs someone, operates or assists in surgery
5 points if your character: says Ferndale, Shortland Street or DHB
3 points if your character: gets in or out of a lift
2 points if your character uses a computer or phone
1 point if your character: has a drink (of any sort)

Twists:

The first character you choose earns you double points on Mondays.

-20 points if your character says bitch/bastard/slag or is seen doing smoking or doing drugs

Pick four four characters – remembering that the order matters for the two twists!

Characters to pick from:
Alice Brooke Callum Chris Craig Gerald Hone Hunter Justine Kieran Kip Libby Maia Morgan Riley Sarah Scotty Shanti Sophie Tania TK Wiremu Yvonne

When do I make my picks by?

You can make your picks at any time. If you make your picks after 7pm Monday 1st July, you will only get points for episodes which haven’t aired.

This month is our last game. we will be back in couple of months

Laura Hill has no intention of resting in peace. Her shortland street character Nurse Toni Warner may have breathed her last, but the actress is raring to go -to Palmerston North for starters, where she is rehearsing for the play [i]The Gods of Warm Beer[/i]
Leaving the soap after seven years was definitely sad, says Laura, who have given health concerns as on of her reason for quitting.
“Shortland Street’s been a big part of my professional life and a time of enormous change and growth for me – she says. “that has been great and, although I was ready to leave, it still was a passing of an era.”

Toni was Shortland Street’s party girl – until she fell pregnant with son Harry to the clinic’s Dr Love, Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) The solo mum went on to have a short-lived marriage to fellow nurse Matt McAllister before eventually weeding the philandering Dr Warner. It was the reappearance of Chris’ fun loving drug addict brother Guy (Craig Warner) which led her to fall from grace ad eventful death from Kidney failure. Laura admits some of the recent storylines meant Toni lost popularity with Viewers – but she has no regrets. “Doing bad stuff and being flawed, that really fun to do because playing someone who’s good all the time is kind of one note and boring.” she says. “certainly when Guy Warner came back on the scene and she started partying and doing drugs and stuff like that – that was the Toni that people saw when she first arrive on the show, that was her.
“it wasn’t out of her character her her but people can be very censorious about, “oh she’s a mother, she should be staying home at night”.

“I was like,’For God’s sake, friends of mine who have kids make sure the kids are safe with babysitter and then they go out and have a good time’ and I have no problem with that,” she adds. “But theres still this weird conservative thing that mum should stay home with the babies all the time but its alright for daddy Warner to go out and sleep with other people and get drunk.
However, she hopes fans with remember Toni fondly – and if past experience anything to go by, remember her they will.
“people can never really leave Shortland Street behind,” Laura says “Even some of the actor who’ve gone onto to work in Hollywood are still always referred to as former Shortland Streeters.
“I imagine I’ll be carrying that with me for quite a while and if people want to carry Toni in their hearts that would be nice.”
Meanwhile, she hasn’t given much thought to her future from the Palmerston North production and another stage job in Dunedin later in the year. Nor does she know what the writers have in store for Chris and Harry.
“It would be nice to think there would be floods of tears for months on end but that’s not going to happen, is it?’ Laura laughs.
“I imagine Chris Warner will fin someone to fill the empty bed pretty dam quick going on from past form. I think harry will be sadder for longer. I hope so.
“I don’t know what the writers have in store for them, I am not in the loop any more. I’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else.”

TV Guide

If you thought trying to get Shanti’s (Nisha Madhan) Aunt and Uncle to accept her partner Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) was hard enough – wait untill you throw the entire Scott family in the mix. this week, the Kumars and the Scotts get together for a meal, in a bid to get the families bonding. Ever the comedian, Jimmy Scott (Peter Kaa) tries to lighten the mood at the table by cracking jokes about Indians, which only serves to increase the tension between the two families. Can this luncheon be turned around before the battle lines are drawn – or will Scotty and Shanti have to be resolved to the fact that their families will never see eye-to-eye?

And Nurse Alice Piper (Toni Potter) is reminded of the reality of her impending motherhood this week. Given the unplanned nature of the pregnancy, it has appeared that Alice has barely acknowledged her imminent arrival. But when confronted by a woman in labour in the ED, it dawns on her that there is a real baby about to come her way. Is this a sign that the troubled nurse is finally finding her maternal instinct?

Plus – what the nation has been waiting for!
When you settle in for Shortland Street on Monday, you’ll be in for a nice surprise, as TV2 kicks off a new series of Winter one-hour episodes. Now every Monday for the next ten weeks you’ll get to enjoy a whole hour of your favourite serial drama from 7pm – 8pm on TV2. This week, highlights include a high energy boxing match, a hospital trial that gets out of hand, a secret romance on the brink of discovery and two old friends sharing secrets of the past. Warm up your winter with a double dose of Shortland Street, every Monday over Winter.

sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Sophie McKay (Kimberley Crossman) has a new partner in crime, in the form of new Japanese exchange student Olive Moronuki (Echo Di Zhu). Olive’s from a very sheltered background and Sophie is determined to teach her how to have a good time while she’s in New Zealand. Number one on the agenda is to attend Kieran’s (Adam Rickitt) illegal dance party. But when Sophie’s dad, Callum (Peter Mochrie) get’s wind of the scheme, he puts his foot down, leaving Sophie to turn to brother Hunter (Lee Donoghue) for help. Will Olive and Sophie get to dance the night away or will they be restricted to hearing about the dance party second hand?

Gerald’s (Harry McNaughton) uptight attitude to cleanliness may finally pay off, when the health of the hospital staff is threatened by a nasty illness.
When fellow receptionist Yvonne (Alison Quigan) has to go home sick, Gerald can’t help but feel smug that his own high personal standards of hygiene have kept him foot loose and germ free. Can Gerald really fight off a highly contagious illness with a face mask and some rubber gloves or is he just prolonging the inevitable?

Dr Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) is forced to re-evaluate his opinion of old friend Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) this week.
Warner has long since thought of Dr. Ropata as an easy-going kind of guy, but when Hone becomes easily angered while out for a drink, Chris is forced to take him home before any further trouble starts. Reflecting on his time in Africa, it becomes clear to Chris that despite his proud and calm exterior, Hone is suffering from some inner turmoil.
What could possibly have happened in his past to affect Hone so badly?

More will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite drama.