In these modern days of "to be famous for being famous", living a life of a role model is neither easy nor appreciated. Kudos to Patnala Basanth Kumar, IAS, VC, VUDA, Vizag and his family for spending just Rs.16,100 for daughter's marriage despite affordability and holding high public position. A great role model for emulation by all.
These days marriage expenditure is anywhere between Rs.10 lakhs to Rs. 100 lakhs for middle & upper middle classes. It is sheer wastage of money and vulgar display of wealth. Wastage of food items will be at its worst.
Community marriages (mass marriages) provide alternate platforms for simple marriages and alleviate the financial burden. Government & NGO's should promote community marriages.