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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Paying (A) Guest for an ‘Extra’ innings @ Shaadi.Con

Is this a wedding or a movie shooting? (via)

The BBC has a report about the new trend of hiring ‘educated’ guests for weddings. The next time you attend a wedding, if you happen to spot a well dressed person clueless about what is going on there, he/she could very well be a ‘paid’ guest. ‘Body Shopping’ has got an all new meaning now. Looks like my Shattered Accountant qualification will finally be put to some use. If you are paid to eat food and stare at the camera, why would anybody say no?

"If there are lots of guests who come to your wedding, people think you have greater influence and greater prestige in society," he said. "Sometimes people can't afford to travel far, or people just don't have enough time. That's when we step in."

Some of the guests for hire are students, but others are doctors, chartered accountants, and other professionals.
"You might wonder why doctors want to come," Mr Syed said. "But I suppose they don't mind having a nice evening out, and I pay them well." The amount charged per guest is varied according to what Mr Syed described as the "level" required, and how smartly it is wished that they dress. Three categories are offered, with the highest - at around 600 rupees - being be-suited guests who are tall, well-built, light-skinned and who can converse well.

Mr Syed said that he has been contacted by families from far outside the state, including Bangalore, Calcutta and even Dubai.

"My people are well-trained," he added. "We brief them specifically on each and every point about the family. "The hired guests first go and spend some time with them, so that they know the style and atmosphere of the home. Then they behave accordingly. "That's the reason why I've helped in 10 marriages so far - and not one of my guests has ever been found out."

16 Comments:

  • Pretty cool! And a very innovative market.

    By Blogger Twin-Gemini, at 10:36 AM  

  • Hmm cool innovation! and to think how much agony we went through during college days in order to gatecrash weddings - trying desperately to appear one of the party,blend in,praying that you don't get detected before dinner was done with...now you get paid to do that? ;-))

    By Blogger aparna, at 12:25 PM  

  • Jeez Man - paying somebody unknown to come to one's wedding !

    ashwin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 PM  

  • interesting. seems finally I might be able to find a job :-)

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:04 PM  

  • Lol ! This is funny. PAying to have someone just attend the wedding !

    Do they also consider network professionals as elite guests ?

    By Blogger Somu, at 2:41 PM  

  • Saw this a few days ago, mind boggling business ventures. Looks like if one is resourceful there is always ways to make money

    By Blogger WA, at 3:54 PM  

  • height of identity crisis

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 4:24 PM  

  • lol - atlast! i have found a career / vocation - just right for me :)

    By Blogger Prerona, at 4:28 PM  

  • quirky world!

    By Blogger Dinesh, at 4:58 PM  

  • What about underworld link? Can we dress up like the mafia? Ok I am trying hard not to use the Sambar Mafia joke :)

    By Blogger patiala pataka, at 5:13 PM  

  • oh damn! they thought of it also!!! Maybe we should go looking for famous personality look-alikes.

    By Blogger Ghost Particle, at 7:06 PM  

  • I guess this cud very well be an alternate money makin options for all the goras that come to India...for travel.

    You see them as extras in Bollywood movies...now wedding too...what ya say ?

    By Blogger Sakshi, at 12:31 AM  

  • Earlier it was politics.... then I heard about bringing visitors to blogs (blogexplosion).. now this one.

    what next??

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 9:33 AM  

  • @Twin Gemini,
    Long time no see? Innovative but disgusting.

    @Aparna,
    If u r paid to do this, the stakes will be higher

    @Ashwin,
    No different from political meetings where people are paid to attend the rallies

    @Cogito,
    This should be a dream job

    @Somu,
    I can find that out for you. There should be a balanced mix of professionals from all disciplines

    @Uma,
    Yet another way to make money

    @Vasanthi,
    very true

    @Prerona,
    Let's cash in on the boom

    @Dinesh,
    Yes ofcourse

    @PP,
    As long as there is a demand u r free to dress like anyone

    @GP,
    A look alike of a famous personality might fetch u a premium

    @Sakshi,
    They could fit the bill perfectly

    @Ram,
    This is more seasonal. even politics is also seasonal.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:48 AM  

  • Holy cow!
    Govar.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM  

  • Whoa!

    By Blogger Jo, at 1:11 PM  

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