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The Beautiful and Tragic Life of Ginny Rosenbloom

At shiva, the wedding album laid open on the dining room table. Those who came to comfort a grieving family saw the pictures of a very handsome couple as they kissed under a gazebo on a beautiful summer’s day. They were so young looking in the pictures. Their smiles conveyed a sense of limitless potential of life worth living. How beautiful and radiant was the bride in a portrait of her in her wedding dress as the ocean behind her defined a beautiful back drop. The date was August 1994.

For a short 9 years, Marc and Ginny lived a story book life. A bright, loving couple with promising careers that did jobs so well they drew praises from supervisors. They had dreams they wished to fulfill as they embarked on a sacred journey, hand-in-hand as lovers, soulmates and best friends. They were joined in this world by 2 sons—Michael and Jeffrey. They bought a home in Niskayuna to raise them. They belonged to the synagogue. And they had a mini-van as they prepared to schlep their children around to the numerous activities they wished to share with them.

Then the world in which they lived was thrown into upheaval and chaos. It was 2003. On a cold January afternoon, the family mini-van crashed on Balltown Road—less than 3 miles from their home. Ginny was driving and the toddler, Jeffrey, were in his car seat next to his pre-schooler, big brother, Michael. The reasons for the accident are inconsequential but the ramifications are clear– Ginny and her son, Jeffrey, was critically injured. Michael emerged from the accident with minor bumps and bruises. There was a helicopter transport to Albany Med. Jeffrey died a day or so later, but Ginny’s injuries caused her death 15 years later.

The times in the hospital and in the days afterwards were somewhat a whirlwind. I do vividly remember sitting with Jeffrey before he died— he looked so peaceful, almost angelic as his little body lay in a big bed. Had he been in home, any one of us would have smiled and sighed at this sweet soul. But this was not the case now. He was in ICU and we waited for him to leave us. Not too far away was Ginny, his mother, who was recovering from brain surgery. I can recall the numbness that surrounded us the day we buried Jeffrey—it was cold. A family devastated by loss, groping for answers, seeking a positive resolve as Ginny was still in critical care. It was heart wrenching. Memories were snapshots of recollections with no sense of fluidity—just moments etched in the heart; one more painful than the next.

But what came next was something that provided a definition of true love. For almost 15 years, Ginny lived in a nursing home. And each and every day, Marc was there. He left his job to care for her, to be with her, to make sure she got the care she deserved. Marc’s parents moved up from Queens to help raise Michael; Ginny’s parents relocated from Maryland to help out as well. Routines were set and life began to take a course of a new normal—if one could call it that. What we all saw was nothing less than heroic. In her vibrancy, Ginny gave life to Marc. In her current state, Marc returned that love in ample measure. He made sure she was not stripped of her dignity. There was a woman with a radiant smile and a keen eye for detail, who was trapped in a shell of her former existence. Occasionally she smiled and one could see a glimmer of that spark which so many admired. Occasionally there was a moment of recognition. But those moments were far and few between. Marc did what he knew he had to do; a task that no one ever wants to do and few are actually capable of doing. What Marc never let the world forget was Ginny was once the young bride who beamed with glee as she was hoisted on a chair at her wedding. Marc never let Michael forget that Ginny once possessed a gifted intellect that Michael seemed to have inherited. Marc balanced his day-to-day existence to make sure a son was raised with love and a wife was given the care she deserved with love.

Virginia Rosenbloom died nearly 15 years after that accident. But the funeral was filled with the sadness and sweet remembrances in vivid detail as if her vibrancy never left us. One could not help but be caught up in the emotions as friends, family and co-workers spoke of her as she lived and not in the way she died. The memories were as vivid as if they happened yesterday and voices quivered with the utmost sincerity of grief. Ginny’s life had 4 defined chapters—the little girl who was full of life; the beautiful soul who blossomed in college and found her own voice; the young newlywed who was in love with her best friend and became a mother; and the woman who defied death by surrounding herself with those who sought to give her dignity.

How we all smiled and cried in the sanctuary as speaker after speaker spoke of Ginny. Her cousin spoke of the little girl who loved the beach and played in the sand and waters of Jones Beach. She remembered her cousin giggling as they spoke “girl talk” under a Scott Baio poster in her room. She spoke of the little girl who could be teased by an older brother as Ginny went down into the basement to play. Then there was a college friend, who spoke on behalf of the other “College Cupcakes”—a nickname for their college intramural softball team. She spoke of Ginny’s love of life and the outdoors and her unshakable study habits. Last to speak was the couple who introduced Marc and Ginny. They were friends first, we were told. Then love blossomed. We all were amazed how Ginny’s boss spoke of her incredible work ethic and her keen eye for detail. There was such love and admiration from a supervisor over a staff member who was last at her desk 15 years earlier. That was Ginny’s magic— once in your heart, always there.

Here is the legacy that Ginny left for us. This is one I ask you to share. Let me ask you to do something which might seem a bit goofy, but do it for Ginny’s sake. Take hold of the hand of someone you love. Squeeze it and gently let your thumbs caress the hand. Feel the presence of the other. Then close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and recall the moments of life you shared together. Hopefully a small smile will cross your face, maybe a tear will form in your eye. After a few minutes, open your eyes and look into the eyes of the other. Speak to them—share with them what they mean to you. And then listen to them as they speak to you. Cherish these moments…. For this is truly what living is about. Do this for Ginny. Do it as Ginny wished to do for Marc, for Michael, for Jeffrey, and all those who she loved.

Though many of you didn’t know her, you can remember this woman in this way—she was someone special, a true “campus cupcake”!Read more at:Yellow Bridesmaid Dresses | Pink Bridesmaid Dresses

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Rock stars, romance and high fashion set the ramp on fire

When it comes to the fashion calendar, Sunday night was one of the most awaited of the year in Bengaluru, as the country's best designers showcased their latest collections at Day 2 of the Bangalore Times Fashion Week. If Day 1 had set temperatures soaring, Day 2 only added to the heat, as top designers, such as IDeA Design House, Manoviraj Khosla, Narendra Kumar and Neeta Lulla set the ramp on fire with their beautiful works of art. It was no wonder then that the creme de la creme turned up to watch this fashion feast, in an evening curated by actress Pranitha Subhash. Spotted watching the shows were actors Diganth, Meghana Gaonkar, Harshika Poonacha, Shubra Aiyappa, music director Gurukiran and wife Pallavi, filmmaker Anup Bhandari, top cop BNS Reddy, politician Janardhan Reddy, fashion icons Prasad Bidapa and Ramesh Dembla, Mr India 2016 Vishnu Raj S Menon, and socialites Sheetal Sharma, Barkha Mahtani, Aditi Premji, Leena Singh and Manjusha Maheshwari.

The event's co-sponsor was TAFE Tribe, while LuvIt Chocolates was the indulgence partner, Kingfisher Ultra Derby the experience partner, The Grannary the snacking partner, Radio Mirchi the radio partner and Lakme Salon the hair and makeup partner.

The collection of Thomas Abraham, design director at IDeA Design House, was themed the Black Wedding, which follows the classic wedding gown done in all black, silk, velvet, satin and toile. Every gown had a long train and elaborate headgear, which reminded one of the transcendent cathedrals of Chartres, Cologne and Barcelona. Speaking about the inspiration behind his collection, Thomas says, "Usually, weddings are associated with reds or whites, since women should be 'pure' or 'virginal'. Black, on the other hand, is sensual — it's a woman expressing her sexuality, someone who is unafraid to be herself, saying I don't give a damn, this is me. We wanted to show that even a wedding can be like that. We wanted something grand, gorgeous and great, which we did with the colour black, the long 10-feet trails and big headdress." And this reflected in the three Miss India finalists that walked for Thomas — fbb Colors Femina Miss India Kerala Mannat Singh, fbb Femina Miss India 2016 finalist Zeba Baig and fbb Colors Femina Miss Odisha 2017 Christeena Biju, who was the showstopper.

Bengaluru-based designer Manoviraj Khosla's collection, The Indian Rockstar, is an amalgamation of Indian and Western silhouettes for men and women. He gave us a night to remember, when Behram Siganporia brought alive the ramp with a performance with his band, Best Kept Secret, as models sashayed down the ramp. The party continued when Manoviraj and his showstopper, actress Aindrita Ray, walked, or rather danced down the ramp, to loud cheers by all, including Aindrita's beau, actor Diganth. There wasn't a single person in the hall that wasn't moving to the music. "My collection is for the Indian rock star, so we chose a rock star who is very international, but has a very Indian touch to him — Behram. Since it's the Diwali season, my collection has Indian and international elements mixed into as far as silhouettes are concerned. But it's all done using very Indianized palates," says Manoviraj of his collection.

Ace designer Narendra Kumar's Fall-Winter 2017 collection, that is inspired by the new-age bride, was a special treat, what with the audience getting to watch the designer's directorial debut, The Marriage of Shayla Patel, that was played as his cocktail collection of the modernity of art deco, combined with the elegance of fusion Indian wear took over the runway. The film is about a young girl, who is about to be married and the choices that she has to make. The choice that Shayla Patel makes reflects the glamorous collection that is aimed at strong-willed women who, at times, go through emotional battles when choosing between true love and family. Showstopper Nikita Sahay, who also stars in the film, made a bold statement in a red gown at the end of the show, when she shows the audience her choice — does she pick love or loyalty to her family? "The collection is smart, cocktail wear, with an Indian-Western fusion — it has a distinctly Indian flavour, while working with a combination of Western silhouettes," says Narendra, of his richly-embroidered collection, with a palate of greens, blues and reds, of gowns, cocktail dresses and jumpsuits combined with smartly tailored jackets, digital prints and stripes. Filmmaker Anup Bhandari, top cop BNS Reddy and actor Diganth were among those who were left spellbound by the collection.

Talk about ending with a bang! Neeta Lulla premiered her label, Npret, at the Bangalore Times Fashion Week, bringing the maiden edition to a close with a heavy dose of style, oomph, beauty, celeb power and loads of style. The affordable wedding range that aims to create a fine balance between haute couture and pret a porter, had not one, but three beautiful, strong-willed women walking the ramp — actress Suman Ranganath who opened the show, contemporary dancer and actress Ria Nalavade, and showstopper, badminton ace Saina Nehwal. Speaking about Npret, Neeta says, "The collection is inspired from a contemporary outlook for the Indian bride. It is predominantly a resort-wear collection, which has a mild vintage feel to it. It's very pretty, for today's young girl who aspires to wear something voluminous yet minimalistic, elegant and stylized; it's everything that comes to the mind of today's bride." Speaking about her showstopper, Saina, Neeta adds, "Saina is the outcome of what the entire collection stands for — a girl who knows her mind, who knows how to make her aspirations and dreams come true, and how she wants to dress. Saina has a fine cultural balance deep within her; she is the perfect muse for me because that is what the collection is about." The jewellery partner for the collection is NS Jewells, Lavelle Road. Notable guests for the show were Janardhan Reddy and his wife, Aruna Lakshmi.Read more at:wedding dresses online | bridal gowns

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu shares a glimpse of her wedding attire

The beginning of 2017 was all about break-ups, divorces and some rumoured relationships but as the year was passing by, what kept us quite excited was the news of Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya’s wedding. Now that the dates are close, the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be are extremely excited and nervous for the biggest day of their lives. Samantha has also been keeping fans informed about her love or work life. The actor recently shared a picture of a beautiful lehenga, hinting at the fact that this lehenga could be her wedding attire. Isn’t that super exciting?

The actor shared the picture on her Instagram account and wrote, “If there is one person I know who has all the talent all the sass all the beauty with her heart in the absolutely right place it is my doll of a friend @kreshabajaj . Her love story lehangas are straight out of a fairy tale and if there is anyone I would trust for my wedding it would be her ,and so I have Can’t wait @koecsh . Love you.” If you remember, this is the same designer who had worked on Samantha’s engagement attire too.

Well, on the engagement, she did look like a dream and we are sure on the wedding, Naga Chaitanya is going to fall for her all over again.

The wedding will be a two-day function that will be held on October 6 and October 7 in West Goa after which a grand reception would take place in Hyderabad. The two might go on a short trip to New York where they had short some sequences of Ye Maaya Chesave, the film during which they fell in love with each other.Read more at:wedding dresses | wedding dresses melbourne

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