Write a letter to a friend apologising for not having been able to attend his sister's marriage.

8C, Sonia Apartments,
                                                                                      Mango colony,
                                                                                      M.G. Road,
                                                                                      Mumbai - 400 017.
                                                                                      13th February, 2014

My dear Friend,

       I earnestly regret my absence on the auspicious occasion of the marriage of your sister. I am sure you would pardon me for my absence for which I am not to blame so much.

       I was compelled not to move out of the house on the auspicious day. Our town was in the grip of the floods just before two days of the marriage. Roads were under water and railways were badly damaged. No means of transport were available. Our town was cut off from the rest of the world and it continued for a week or so. Though I could not attend the marriage in person yet my heart went out and the sequence of ceremonies of marriage was reeling before my eyes.

Kindly convey my heartiest wishes for the newly weds and accept the gift of a golden ring that I am sending for my sister.

       I hope you will excuse me for an unwilful absence.

       Sincerely yours,