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Navratri This Year

I do love fashion but I am a very practical person too (I am a typical Arien that way). And we all know fashion is not always practical.

I do not wear high heels most times because of the practical difficulties they pose.

Changing handbags? That is not even an option for me. I have been using the same handbag since ages. I do not change it even when going out for movies or dinner. I mean, what if I forget important things like wallet or Vaseline or home keys in the ‘dressy’ purse when I change back to the regular bag?

Nope. I am not taking that risk.

So when I was getting dressed for garba lately, I decided to keep it real simple. When you are dancing continuously for hours on catchy music, you move a lot and sweat a lot. Sometimes, you slam into other people or your hand smashes into someone else’s. I have seen (and been through) broken nails, broken bangles and skin cuts.

So, wearing bangles was out of question. In fact, the kada I wore last year lost a few stones after 4 hours of garba. Sob. My favourite kada!

With all the sweat, a necklace is out of question too.

The hair I leave open also goes up in a hair-tie after an hour of dancing.

This time, I chose cotton dupattas and lehengas and sleeveless brocade blouses. They made the garba experience more relaxed, fuss-free and enjoyable. Instead, I chose to adorn myself heavily with a nose ring, large bindi, bright lipstick, lots of color and large earrings. I think the look worked.

Garba 1

Garba 2

Garba 3


Festive Season Bliss

I am enjoying festivals like never before. earlier, festivals only meant holiday from work. Free time to shop, finish pending work, watch movies at home and catch up with friends. Now, they really mean something. I guess, being away from India, one wants to do more to get in touch with roots.

I spoke recently about money revolving and deciding our lives. I am beginning to think, not really.

My first Diwali in the US has been a memorable one. We called friends over and celebrated in a big way. And of course calling people over involves expenditure. Expenditure on food, on decoration, on lighting, on good dinnerware on crackers – to make sure everyone spends a terrific Diwali. But the joys friends bring you, is priceless. Had diwali been as good if it were just the 2 of us doing the puja, bursting a few crackers, having a normal meal followed by some mithai, to make it look like a festival? Money is a means, no wonder. Nothing is free today. But the real joy comes from surrounding yourself with people you love, people you cherish. Life is not good without friends and family. You can have all the money in the world but if there is no one to share it with, life is no fun.

Anyway, Garba came, bringing with it memories and pleasures of my childhood. Followed by Karwa Chauth and then Diwali. It has been traditions, sarees and social gatherings all along. And its been so much fun!

Green sari

Green sari 1


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