It`s celebration time at Sania Mirza`s residence

Updated: Apr 10, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

Hyderabad: With controversy and uncertainty
taking a backseat, celebrations have finally begun at the
residence of tennis star Sania Mirza, who is going to marry
Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik here on April 15.

The mood of tension and anxiety prevailing at Sania`s
house at Jubilee Hills for the past few days has now turned
into that of celebrations as the arrival of relatives and
friends began.

A spokesperson appointed by the Mirzas` told reporters
here today that the wedding invitations were in the process of
being distributed and around 1000 guests were expected for the

"Shoaib`s mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece
and nephew have already arrived in the city from Pakistan. Few
more family members of Shoaib Malik are expected to arrive
soon from Germany. The official celebrations would begin on
April 13 with `Sangeet` ceremony in which all of Sania and
Shoaib`s loved ones will perform," the spokesperson said.

"Last night, the two families played dumb charades and
anthakshari. Chinese cuisine one of the favourite of both the
bride and bridegroom was made by Sania`s aunts and served for
the dinner.”

"Sania was in the mood to had some bhelpuri but due to
media`s presence outside, she had to remain content by eating
it at home as her cousins and sisters helped her to get it
from a local shop. The day ended with a usual strength of
caroms with Sania`s mother Naseema and Shoaib hogging the
limelight," the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson issued another release later in the day and said Congress President Sonia Gandhi had sent best wishes to Sania’s parents as well as to the would-be bride and bridegroom.

“Sonia Gandhi has sent her best wishes to Mr and Mrs Mirza for their daughter’s wedding. She has also wished Sania and Shoalb great happiness for their life together,” the spokesperson said.

“Shoaib’s outfit has arrived from Delhi today. He will be wearing a ‘sherwani’ made by Shantanu and Nikhil. Sania’s uncle Talat Aziz has very graciously agreed to render ‘ghazal’ for the ‘sangeet’. All of Sania’s friends have just left after a tiring but fun session of dance rehearsals for the ‘sangeet’,” she said.