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A wealthy couple gets hitched in one of the most luxurious hotels in New Delhi. About 1,100 people attended the wedding. According to the hotel, the groom's family spent $100,000 on flowers and another $100,000 on food and drinks.
About 100 members of the Jea Band perform with trumpets and drums at the New Delhi wedding. The band, which is based in the city, was founded in 1936 and has become famous for performing wedding sequences in films. The band earns about $400 on average per wedding.
Tejee’s Studio-17, based in Chandigarh in northern India, specializes in wedding photography and videography. At the wealthy couple's celebration, an eight-member team from the studio roamed around the venue, which was packed with 800 guests. With weddings spanning days, photography and filming costs anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000.
Chhabra is a well-known brand of retail stores in Old Delhi. It sells 1,000 to 1,500 wedding dresses monthly between autumn and spring, the high season for nuptials. A traditional wedding costume, called Lehanga, costs up to $1,650.
Celebrating Vivaha, the biggest wedding exhibition in India, took place in New Delhi from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. All sorts of wedding-related products were on display. A company called Koncept & Innovations showed off these invitation boxes, the prices of which range from $15 to $500 each. Small sweets are packed under the cards.
Treasure, a Mumbai-based jewelry retailer, deals with a wide variety of rings that cost $400 or more and necklaces priced at up to $65,000. It sells between 300 and 400 items a month. According to the owner of another jewelry store, sales of wedding jewelry are firm despite difficult market conditions. Import taxes for gold have been raised by the government.
Craftsmen toil at a jewelry workshop in Old Delhi. They use 500 grams of gold each month. They continue to ply their trade despite an increasing shift toward machine-driven production.
An astrologer offers viewers advice on tackling the difficulties of married life on Shagun TV, a 24-hour channel that started broadcasting in May. The channel's programming lineup is entirely marriage-related. About 15 million people tune in, covering a broad age range from 18 to 70.
Representatives of Horizons Holidays, a travel agency in New Delhi, meet with potential customers at the Celebrating Vivaha exhibition. About 100 engaged couples and their family members visited the booth in three days. Popular honeymoon destinations include Europe and Canada in the summer and Australia and New Zealand in the winter.
KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei staff photographer
Bangkok is home to a host of enormous new shopping malls rising over the city's Skytrain mass-transit stations. These facilities have become popular destinations for residents of the capital, places to shop for both high-end and low-end goods, as well as to simply gather and bask in the cool of the air-conditioning. Let's have a look inside.
KURAHIRO SEGUCHI and KONOSUKE URATA, Nikkei staff photographers
As leisure spending rises in Southeast Asia, Western theme park operators are setting up shop in the region.
Nikkei staff photographer
One sign of Myanmar's transformation since 2011 has been the emergence of smartphones in Yangon. Now, like in any other major Asian city, the burg's inhabitants are constantly checking out what's happening in the palms of their hands, often with inexpensive handsets from China.
KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei staff photographer To keep pace with demand for air travel, the Asia-Pacific region will need to find 192,300 new pilots and 215,300 maintenance personnel over the next 20 years, according to U.S. aircraft maker Boeing. Airline companies are scrambling to expand and develop their human resources.
KURAHIRO SEGUCHI, Nikkei staff photographer Singapore is a maritime logistics hub that connects the Indian and Pacific oceans. The port's container-handling capacity in 2013 was 32.58 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It is the world's second largest port after Shanghai, and there are plans to increase total capacity to around 50 million TEUs.
TAKUYA IMAI, Nikkei staff photographer
Dr. Devi Shetty, a renowned Indian heart surgeon, has a vision: He wants people to have access to quality health care, whether they are rich or poor. To achieve this, he founded the Narayana Health group. The group's core hospital in Bangalore, which opened in 2001, conducts numerous operations every day. More recently, in the southern city of Mysore, Narayana Health established the country's first "low-cost multispecialty hospital."