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We will never forget how traffic stopped on Pacific Coast Highway as Ajay entered in on a yellow Lamborghini for the Baraat! 4

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Letter from the Editor 6 Featured Weddings:

Juvaria & Khurram's Dream Sedona Wedding


A'ishah & Faseeh's Florida Fairy Tale


Chaminda & Anu's Tropical Sri Lankan Wedding


Rena & Ajay's Lovely Laguna Beach Wedding


Sunita & Ray's Sweet Texas Wedding


Tharshana & Athavan's Destination: Mexico


20 Tips + Tricks by Ash Kumar


What is your Maharani SIGNATURE Scent?


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Our favorite bloggers on indian weddings



Image by Vijay Rakhra



THE INAGURAL ISSUE As I was putting together this inaugural issue, I pored over a million gorgeous Indian wedding images which sparked a vivid flashback to the weekend I got engaged. Sparkly new ring and all, I rushed to the hotel gift shop and proceeded to buy every single wedding magazine I could get my hot little hands on. I had never opened one before that fateful day, and I had waited 31 years for the surprise. I spent about a hundred dollars on the magazines (something my mother still brings up to this day!) and then headed to the pool to cozy up with my new best friends. After a few hours of pouring through them, much to my dismay, I was disappointed and bored. Although the weddings, dresses, and ideas were beautiful, none of them spoke to the South Asian bride. I thought it was absurd that the only mention included in this stack of magazines was a quarter sized image of a tikka.

I longed for a magazine especially for Fueled by this wish some three plus years ago, I launched to serve as the ultimate wedding guide to brides just like me. Each year Maharani grows and evolves and I am very proud to share our first Maharani Weddings E-magazine. Completely free for our community, it’s a collection of wedding ideas & inspirations cultivated specifically for the Indian bride. From destination to fusion, Sri Lankan to Bengali, Laguna Beach to Atlanta; it’s a hand selected collection of South Asian weddings, each with the exquisite beauty and the unique traditions of a Maharani Wedding that I hope inspires a whole new generation of brides. So, let’s toast to the newest place for Maharanis and let the beauty begin. Wishing you a glorious wedding day and everyday….

xo, Shawna Gohel Founder/CEO 6

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Juvaria & Khurram's



Sedona, Arizona | September 4, 2011

As an Arizona native, I knew I wanted to have my wedding in Sedona. I have always loved its stunning landscape of red-rock mountains and felt it would be the perfect backdrop to our special day. 12

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I wore my grandmother’s jewelry for my mehndi, the same pieces she had given to my mother and that

my mother had worn.


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I was so touched by all the love we felt from all our


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friends and family.


Vendors Featured: Cake: Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts / Cinematography: Eric Ludwig / DJs & Entertainment: DJ Adi / Floral & DĂŠcor: Amy Mills Bliss Extraordinary Floral / Hair & Makeup: Patricia Vega / Photographer: Sameer Soorma Photography (Sahil Soorma) / Planning & Design: Suzanne Taussig of Suzanne Taussig Wedding & Event Design / Venue: Enchantment Resort Sedona


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Each detail at the wedding had a thought process behind it and a lot of care put into it - I loved how it all

came together in the end.



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A'ishah & Faseeh's Florida

Sarasota, Florida | April 23, 2011 22

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" I had a wedding folder started as far back as

high school."


To this folder I would add clippings, samples, items from other weddings, and print-outs of various things that caught my interest for my wedding day. The only part of the puzzle that was missing was a groom!



The theme of the wedding was

royal elegance

and the colors were eggplant purple, burgundy, antique gold, and hints of teal.


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The biggest advice is, shop around and do not give up until you find that one dress that makes you feel like royalty the moment you put it on.


If you compromise,

the wedding pictures

will never forgive you! 28

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Vendors Featured: Cake: A Piece of Cake, Laurie Cinelli / Catering: Tabla Catering / Cinematography: JJ Video Film, LLC, Jose Ortiz / DJs & Entertainment: DJ Pram / Fireworks: Zambelli Fireworks / Floral & DĂŠcor: Suhaag Garden, Inc. / Hair & Makeup + Henna Application: Sumaiya Waheed / Hair Stylist: Kyle Lynn / Ice Sculpture: Ice Pro, LLC / Photobooth: MOJO Photobooth / Photography: Nadia D Photography / Planning & Design: Julie Perez, Chic Designs & Fabulous Events / Transportation: Human Powered Taxi / Venue: The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota



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by Ash Kumar One of the leading names in hair, make-up, and mehndi, Ash Kumar is responsible for making Bollywood superstars like Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, and Salman Khan look their best. Ash Kumar’s renowned work and sheer speed has gained him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Fastest Henna Artist."



Every Maharani needs to learn this trick! To get the perfect rimmed look, dip the tip of a black eyeliner pencil into gel liner and then apply to your waterline. This will give you a jet black liner and also prevent liner from smudging or fading.

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To remove eye makeup at night, soak a cotton disc pad with your favorite remover, like Bi-Facil by Lancôme, and press onto lashes for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The eye makeup and false lashes will come off instantly, without any tugging to your delicate eye area.

Always use waterproof eyeliners, mascaras, and waterproof lash glue. Using waterproof products lets you enjoy the emotions of the day, and allows photographers to be able to capture all the glamour without having black streaming liner or lashes sliding down your face.

Brides who get puffy, oily, or creases around the eyes should use Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash. This product can be used as an eye cream the night before to reduce puffiness. It can also be used as an eye primer, worn under concealer, to avoid sinking concealer into crease lines when applying makeup. Eyes will appear brighter and the skin area will look refreshed and smooth. Improving the staying power of your eye makeup.


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Using eye brightening drops before applying your makeup will reduce the redness in eyes caused by wedding week tiredness and stress. Just remember to apply drops before your foundation to ensure that your

makeup stays picture perfect!



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Every Maharani should regularly exfoliate her lips! Take a toothbrush, a wet wash cloth, or a bit of your favorite facial scrub and use round circular motions with light pressure.


Always, always, always, apply a primer to your face before your foundation and concealer. Primer ensures your foundation and concealer will glide on smoothly, as opposed to settling into your fine lines. Plus, it gives your makeup maximum staying power, so you will look flawless from morning to midnight!

"One of the biggest

Did you know that dry lips often suck up the texture of your lipstick which reduces the color and makes your lipstick fade after a half hour or so?! Apply a hydrating lip balm before to ensure your lip color looks flawless on your big day. Apply lip balm onto lips after foundation application; while you work on your eyes the lip balm will be hydrating your lips!

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mistakes I see is foundation blended incorrectly.

To keep lipstick fixed and locked into lips, first apply a matching lip liner all over your lips. Apply lipstick on top of lip liner, and remember to use a lip brush for a flawless finish. This will help lock in the lip color and keep your lips looking their best for hours and hours! Brides usually worry about their lipstick fading through their special day, especially reds. Buy a small screw cap pot, easily found at any drug or M.A.C. store, and ask your makeup artist to scoop out a tiny bit of lipstick into the pot, so you can touch up with a lip brush later on in the day.


To add volume and fullness to your lips, apply cream highlighter with a brush outside the top lip line. This will attract light. For a little extra oomph, add a touch of gloss to the center of the top and lower lips!


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To blend foundation, use a foundation brush and blend from the center of your face outwards. Don’t forget to check the area around your neck to ensure it is properly blended, otherwise you will be left with a telltale line. If you set your foundation with a touch of loose powder and a bit of Skindinavia setting spray your makeup will last twice as long.

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For the ultimate glowing complexion prep your skin with the right primer. Use a hydrating primer on cheeks and around the perimeters of your face, and a silicone based, shine control primer on your T-zone. Treat your face according to the texture of your skin, which may not be the same all over your face.

To get a dewy complexion, add a drop of essential oil to your foundation.



Beauty starts from the inside out! To get shiny, lustrous locks, eat a ton of dark green leafy veggies 2 months before your wedding. Vegetables such as spinach, bok choy, and broccoli are great sources of vitamins A and C which are essential in producing sebum – the natural oils for your scalp, and a built in conditioner for your hair!

BONUS: Sprinkle a pinch of ground flax seed onto your foods once a day to ensure a shiny mane!


Remember to use a deep conditioning treatment every week for 2 months before your wedding. This will ensure that your hair will look its best and prevent it from drying out.




Increase your fiber and water intake at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding. After a few days of cocktail parties your diet can take a turn for the worse, but if you maintain 9 glasses of water a day and a high fiber diet (aim for 30 grams), you will ensure your body is flushing out all the toxins, minimizing breakouts and puffy skin.


The healthier your skin, the less make-up you will need to wear. If you cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, you will notice the less foundation and concealer you will need to wear. Also, remember to exfoliate your skin weekly. Exfoliating helps get rid of dull skin cells, revealing fresh new ones. For maximum results, use a facial mask after exfoliating.


Brides are under a lot of pressure, lighting, and fluctuating environmental conditions (hot or cold, indoor or outdoor) on their big days. Therefore, your skin will release oil, causing shine on the surface. No matter how much the oils have been blocked with skin preps and primers, shine will appear at some point. Instead of patting down your face with tissues which can build up bacteria, apply a mattifying powder with your clean fingers. Urban Decay’s De Slick In A Tube or M.A.C.’s Multipurpose Mattifying Gel is very handy when unwanted shine appears. And, it can also be used as a primer under foundation.


Do not try drastic diets in the months approaching your wedding. Maintain a steady exercise regime and a healthy diet. Extreme dieting can wreak havoc on your skin and most importantly the way you feel.


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Available this June in the App Store!


Blog: Twitter: @electric_karma

Phone: 281.705.9929


Signature Scents


Tom Ford: Neroli Portofino Awaken the senses and leave a splashy yet substantive impression on the one you love. Nordstrom, $195, 1.7 oz. Jean Paul Gautier: Classique Eau de Parfum Sexy and seductive, this warm scent has deliciously voluptuous notes. Bloomingdale's, $104, 3.3 oz. Viktor & Rolf: Flowerbomb Extrait This floral explosion has the power to make everything more positive. Bloomingdale's, $120, .67 oz.


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Valentino: Valentina Filled with sweetness from wild strawberry and rebelliousness from Calabrian Bergamot. Bloomingdale's, $108, 2.7 oz. Jo Malone London: Plum Blossom A delicate balance of yellow plum, sandal wood, white musk and plum blossoms. Neiman Marcus, $110, 3.38 oz. Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Sensual florals star in this feminine scent of lemon and orange blossoms. Nordstrom, $135, 1.6 oz.

With your signature wedding scent, you can wear a little bit of your wedding every day!

A “must-do” before you say “I do” is to find a signature scent for your wedding day. Something special, something unique, and something that radiates you. We've compiled a few of our favorites for the unique Maharani in YOU!

Sophisticated MAHARANI

Prada: Infusion d'Iris Exceptional ingredients evoke the classic ambiance of a luxurious Italian voyage. Sephora, $80, 1.1 oz. Tocca: Florence A sweet scent laced with the sophisticated essence of a European garden. Sephora, $68, 1.7 oz. Giorgio Armani: Emporio She Features notes of orange flower, heliotrope, and vanilla Sephora, $65, 1.7 oz.



Hermes: 24 Faubourg A floral and amber scent, rumored to bring brides luck on their wedding day., $165, 3.3 oz. Chanel No. 5 The quintessential scent for a Maharani, the bold scent is unforgettable. Nordstrom, $175, .5 oz. Estee Lauder: Beautiful Delicate and beautiful, it’s the fragrance of a thousand flowers. Nordstrom, $56, 1.7 oz.



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BEYOND EXPECTATION What you treasure the most is the gift of experience.

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by KIS (cubed) Events

Inspired by a swan, I had the idea to shoot this Maharani in a boat. From her flowy lavender & white dress to the delicate grass, she looks like a dream.


Move over cookie cutter brides, this is one Maharani who marches to the sound of her own drum! Dressed in white with cowboy boots, and vintage, turquoise jewelry she is one girl who isn’t afraid of anything! 48

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Visualizing a modern-day Bollywood Queen, I had the idea of vibrant colors like, blue, yellow & purple, with her hair up, up, up! This Maharani takes royalty


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to a whole new level.


Vendors Featured: Beauty: Bridal Elements by Nirjary Desai / Bridal Gowns: Erica Angeline, Kelly's Closet / Cinematography: Rodinis Films, Haley Video / Decor: Event Rentals Unlimited + Tents Unlimited, Weddings in Style by Ragini Patel, Occasions by Shangrila / Floral: Divine Affairs Atlanta / Furniture: Something Borrowed Rentals / Photography: Ross Oscar Knight Studios / Planning & Design: KIS (cubed) Events / Sarees: Ladlee Creations / Venue: Fox Hall Sporting Resort


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Inspired by a pegasus, we created the ultimate, whimsical fantasy. Feathers, a white horse, and bold colors complete the look, this is one Maharani who is

always in control.



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Chaminda & Anu's

Sri Lankan Wedding Sri Lanka | March 10, 2011

Being a Sri Lankan wedding, lots of things had to happen on auspicious times on the dot, which meant lots of planning and organizing. Everyone had to do their parts on time. It was a bit like launching a rocket. 56

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Both of us had a great time, even though we were very tired after the really long day. I will cherish that wonderful day

for the rest of my life.



The venue was a seaside hotel which gave us some beautiful locations. It was


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so much fun.


Vendors Featured: Bridal Dressing: Salon Nisuki / Floral & DĂŠcor: Vishwakala Flowers / Photography & Cinematography: 37three / Venues: Ceremony Venue - Tangerine Hotel, Kaluthara, Sri Lanka; Reception Venue: Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka / Wedding Sari & Grooms Attire: Ranjanas


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I was so happy when everything went according to the plan, like a well oiled machine on the day.



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Rena & Ajay's Lovely

W E DDI N G Laguna Beach | August 6, 2011 66

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Our vision was a ballroom filled with candles, mirrored tables, and overflowing with roses and orchids. We were both taken aback to see our

dream design

come to fruition that night.



For the ceremony itself, the breathtaking view of the ocean was our


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point of inspiration.


For the wedding favors, we created recipe books, entitled “With a Dash of Love,� with many recipes we had discovered together.


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For the guestbook, we formatted one of our engagement pictures into a jigsaw puzzle – our guests then signed the individual pieces. It is now framed in our home and serves as a symbol of truly the best night of our lives.



Ajay and I will always remember this night as the magical beginning to a lifetime of


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happiness together.

Vendors Featured: Cinematography: Pacific Pictures / Floral & DĂŠcor: Bloom Box Designs / Lighting: Royal Events / Photography: Andrena Photography / Planning & Design: Exquisite Events / Venue: Montage, Laguna Beach



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Amy Squires & Jocey Canrinus Co-founders Wedding Chicks

"Indian Weddings are filled with beauty, vibrant colors and love. The display of closeness of the families and the expression of love for one another is so moving. The jewelry is divine with brides draped in gold, adorned in colorful extravagant gowns, and the horse. The whole experience seems like a fairytale, and oh so surreal. Oh, and the dancing! By far our favorite part of an Indian wedding is the dancing - an entire wedding is packed on the dance floor and you can't help but be moved by the emotion and the music. Wait, did we mention the food? Always a colorful culinary experience full of beautiful dishes and spices - we are fans."

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on their love for indian weddings HENNY VALLEE &

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director


Co-Founder and Managing Editor Utterly Engaged

What we love about Indian weddings? The music and dancing! We love the way they embrace music and dancing and always find a way to infuse it into their celebration. Indian music just makes you want to dance, regardless of age, race, or religion! It brings everyone together – older relatives, friends, guests, and even little kids – and what a perfectly joyous way to celebrate the union of two people! It’s such a burst of energy and a whirlwind of vibrant colors! If only all weddings could give you such an adrenaline high! And of course, it won't be a party without the groom making his grand entrance on an elephant! How majestically charming!

FRI FORJINDAM Founder/Editorial Director Wedding Nouveau

“I can describe my unapologetic reaction to just about every Indian wedding in one word: Delicious! Seriously, I can't single out just one thing, because it's the entire experience: multiple days of celebration beginning with the Sangeet, the insanely rich amount of traditions, the "come hither" make up, Lenghas for days, Sarees galore, embroidered obsessions, banquets of garlands and good food...all those things make for one entirely delicious gumbo of inspiration. But if I truly must pick "one thing I love most about Indian weddings" I'd have to say it's the bling. No matter how lavish or how intimate the affair, each meticulously placed nose ring, bangle, ankle bracelet, belly chain, toe ring or neck bling transforms each bride from a modern maiden to a work of art. Whether the jewels are gifts, loans or heirlooms, no two brides are ever the same and it always shows in how lusciously they radiate.”




Love should always be celebrated with

no expense spared. CATHLEYA SCHROECKENSTEIN Editor in Chief Weddingbee

“Take a traditional American wedding and think: how can we make this MUCH more colorful and lavish? Those sweet, subdued smiles from the bride and groom---let's kick that up to unabashed glee and an unrelenting celebratory atmosphere. And one evening? Hardly enough! Let's make this a three day affair. A wedding is a celebration of arguably the most important milestone in two people's lives: the day they commit themselves to one another; to creating a family. The thing I love most about Indian weddings is that the celebration of this most amazing milestone is always recognized in incredible magnitude. Because love SHOULD always be celebrated with no expense spared.� 78

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on their love for indian weddings

KATHRYN STORKE GRADY Owner and Editor Snippet & Ink

“There are so many things I love about Indian weddings, from the jewelry to the horse to the dancing, and the sense of tradition and family feel utterly tangible. But (and this may come as no surprise, given my love for inspiration boards) the thing I love most of all about Indian weddings is the COLOR. Bold and unapologetic color. Red and gold, of course, but also tangerine and teal, aqua and poppy, fuchsia and lime. Most of us aren't surrounded by color like this in our daily lives, and such vibrant hues create a space and experience that stands apart. Plus, I don't think it's possible to dress yourself and a venue from head to toe in coral and amethyst (or magenta and marigold, or any combination of brilliant colors) without wanting to celebrate, and that's really what weddings are all about.�

The thing I love most of all about Indian Weddings

is the COLOR.



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Sunita & Ray's

Houston, Texas | October 22, 2011


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Our inspiration for the ceremony was to keep it

as traditional as possible

The groom is Taiwanese and his family discussed that they were thrilled to have a Bengali wedding ceremony.


We wanted to have a modern feel to our reception, as well as, something very intimate. We combined our favorite colors, blue (mine) and green (his) for our decor.


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The bridesmaids all wore custom made saris from India that were dark blue with antique gold details. The groomsmen all wore Kurtas of gold and copper

made in India.


My groom is an outdoorsy guy, so we used wood, grass, and moss throughout the room. My favorite touch was our lantern centerpieces!


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Vendors Featured: Bridal Fashions: Shehnaai Couture / Cakes & Treats: Le Duc Bakery / Catering: India's Restaurant / DJs & Entertainment/Lighting: DJ Yogi / Floral & DĂŠcor: SCF Events / Linens: Perfect Touch / Photobooth: Funky Monkey Photo Booth / Photography: J. Cogliandro / Venue: Norris Conference Centers, Houston CityCentre



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Tharshana & Athavan's

Tulum, Mexico | August 17, 2011 94

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As you can imagine, planning a destination wedding was

no easy task.

When I contacted the wedding planner in Mexico, she had no clue what a Hindu ceremony was, as destination weddings were more popular among Christian/Catholic clients.


I always wanted to get married outdoors on the beach and I never thought my dreams would come true. Having a destination wedding in our community is unheard of so when I pitched the idea to my family, they were very hesitant at first because no one in our family went outside the norm... 96

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...But with the help of my sister and my husband we were able to convince them and got them to agree!



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My husband was my rock, he made the calls, sent the pictures of my designs for the mandap, emailed and described all my envisions to Natalia, our wedding planner.


I kept thinking...

how lucky am I? 100

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Vendors Featured: Cinematography: Ramesh from Butterfly Squad / Hair & Makeup: Amplified Soul / Photography: G+H Photography / Venue: Dreams Resort Tulum


Love, laughter, and


Image by Nadia D Photography

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