Friday, November 5, 2010

Thoughts For Today

Happy Diwali, people. Belated for those of you in India. Here it's still the fifth of November.

I know I've been away for too long when I start typing blo... and Internet Explorer no longer shows in drop-down list. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Life's been keeping me busy. I come home from work and it's time to get down to other kinds of work. Which is, on most days, either cooking or exercise or both.

So anyway, I was reading this article on CNN news today about how modern brides are coming around to wearing colors other than white on their wedding days. Ivory is quite popular, but the article featured someone who wore lime green and blue.

This particular woman said that a wedding day, being as significant as it is, is a day to look your best and hence you should wear the colors that best complement your skin tone. I was thinking back to the time I was in the CTC Plaza picking my wedding lehenga. I picked the pink that I totally love. Pink with silver sequins and trims. Everyone who knows me knows I love that pink. I picked it because my mom and I both thought it complemented my skin tone beautifully. She and I don't agree on anything all that easily.

What that led me to think was, isn't it slightly strange that in India, where people are so much more reluctant to let go of traditional beliefs and rituals, especially when it comes to important occasions like weddings, we have been so much more flexible about which colors a bride can wear for her wedding in recent times? In my mother's day, it was usually restricted to red or pink. With gold trims. But these days we have all kinds of colors, ranging from the traditional reds and pinks to the less traditional baby pink, green, orange, purple, gold, silver-grey, and various combinations of these. I haven't seen anyone wear blue, but I'm sure people wear that too. Just a random thought that came to my mind.


Shanky said...

What a timing dab ... perfect.
Just the other day, Mom and I were practically discussing the same. I was a little unhappy at not being able to pick any Saree with a tinch of blue as a gift from Mom to my would be.
That's when I came to know ... "Blue, Black and White are bad owmen and NOT meant for occasions like the weeding."
I guess this time might take longer than expected.

Bhavya said...

I know - those colors are supposed to be bad omens. I didn't know about the blue, but black and white is supposed to not be worn for a year after marriage. Now I'm past that point, I don't have to worry any more.

Himanshu said...

so u r alive, nn happy diwali to you also

Bhavya said...

Thank you