As a lover of Indian music, Gagamel’s DJ Brian arrived early for businessman Miraj Barrot and Kruti Bharat’s wedding reception at the Kampala Serena hotel last Friday.
He knew this being an Indian couple, Indian music would be played. Instead, the couple opted for Kika troupe, Bebe Cool and Cindy for the evening’s entertainment. Poor DJ Brian. Miraj and Kruti were throwing a second reception for their Ugandan friends after a massive wedding in India on December 11. That perhaps explains why the couple tried their best to make everything appealing to Ugandans.
The guest list included Minister of Health Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Trade and Industry Minister Amelia Kyambadde, State Minister for Economic Monitoring Henry Banyenzaki, Ambassador Richard Nduhura, MP Sanjay Tanna, Hanish Madhvani, Ham Mulira, Justice Remy Kasule, Head of Anti-Corruption Court Justice Paul Mugambwa, IGP Kale Kayihura and former Buganda Katikkiro JB Walusimbi.
Others included Sam Bitangaro, Stephen Bamwanga, Dr Mbonye, Hope Mwesigye, Mugwanya Katimbo, educationalist Sam Busuulwa, Justus Nuwagaba, Rajan Taylor, World Bank’s Dan Kasirye, lawyer Andrew Kasirye and Salim Uhuru, among others.
In fact, the couple’s Ugandan friends outnumbered their Indian guests who came all the way from India. The 25-year-old Miraj is the proprietor of Tirupati, a civil construction and real estate development company in Uganda. The function was full of speeches in praise of the young entrepreneur.
“Miraj is perfect; his head is full of multiple ideas, very successful at a very tender age. So, the sky is the limit for him,” said Dan Kasirye, who described himself as a good friend of Miraj.
His words were echoed by Sanjay Tanna who spoke on behalf of Miraj’s family, describing Miraj as a hardworking man. Rugunda, who represented the president, appreciated the Indian community for attaching such value to their culture.
“Miraj has literally grown up in my hands. That is why he had a big delegation of Ugandans to India who among others included Joan Kakwenzire and Stephen Bamwanga,” Rugunda said.
The Mirajs went to such lengths to make their Ugandan friends feel at ease; even the expected hot Indian curries were left at the Indian reception. The menu included groundnut paste, matooke and rice served with biriani rice. Few Ugandans have the stomach for hot chillies.