Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Rude memories...

I was catching up with Shankari’s blogs and reading one of her earlier blogs, in which she mentions that as a child she used to collect pieces of all kinds of random things from the neighbourhood; sent me pummeling down memory lane.

I too was fond of collecting little colored stones, tiles, pebbles as a child. And yes, I also loved wearing an assortment of trinkets, those days- I loved glass bangles, paayal/ anklets, pattu paavaadai . Looking back, I guess I must’ve looked quite a sight when I first joined college in Kerala after schooling in the Middle East. In Dubai, I think nobody really noticed how one dressed- at least they never commented, and so there I was totally ignorant of what a picture I must’ve looked then.

I used to wear these frock type midis- with frills and bows, red velvet slippers with embroidery , I had long hair which I plaited on either sides, wore these huge jingly jangly earrings, and a few hair fell in tendrils on either cheeks – a la shobhana from her “kanaamarayathu” days. To add to the effect I wore Kajal on my eyes- trailing like actresses from the 60’s , and not to forget matching glass bangles…I shudder as I type these words and wont be surprised if the reader shudders too as they read these lines. Still, let me venture to say that I did not perhaps look as ghastly as the image that these words tend to evoke in the reader’s mind.

However within a year of my hostel life, my friends succeeded in sobering me down with their affectionate teasing. I stopped lengthening the kajal beyond my eyes, pushed the stray tendrils of hair behind my ears until they grew to the length of the rest of my mane, abandoned my red velvet slippers and stopped wearing glass bangles- I still have my payal tho- but they remain unonbtrusive…


8 comments:

krishnapriya said...

Hi aardra..Don't you think that is the best time in our life?? If only we coud get that back..days of mirth, laughter, innocence..!!! A time of no responsibilites. A married life too have a fun of its own..still...!!! The Hostel days...unparalled happiness!!

Shankari said...

My first time at your blog.

Hey far from shuddering, I was grinning! thanks for sharing this...

GratisGab said...

the midi-type frocks! Oh my god mine were pretty horrendous too :)...they almost always had these ribbon-like-ties at the back...

cheti said...

hey ardra came here to post a reply to your comment ! that was pretty funny blog ! far from being scarrred made me smile ! :)

and thanks ardra for comments ! I will keep posting here now and then.

and thanks for rememebering the birthday and for the wishes ! I am amazed :)

anz said...

Indeed childhood memories are fun to recall...i guess peer pressure does lead to a lot of changes in one's life. nice post!

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Grafxgurl said...

oi!! its good to be back again!! and guess what...smoky eyes are back in fashion..erm well at least in Thailand it is...

divya said...

the payal is something i totally adore ..wish i cud wear it all the time ..but working in a hospital..??

anumita said...

Come on, you must have looked cute actually! Glad you had a great holiday in the east.