Friday, February 15, 2013

Bangle Beauty

Bangle collection
I picked on a new hobby when I visited my parents this time. My working mother born in Karnataka still loves her old traditional ways of dressing up. Even to date she enjoys wearing a jasmine garland in her hair; though she doesn’t carry long hair anymore as in her younger days. And even though it’s not very common to wear flowers here in Maharashtra, whenever she is in Bangalore or any south Indian city and if you offer to buy her a jasmine garland; she will happily accept it.  
Strangely, I only noticed now that she has a good collection of colorful glass bangles. Some she has bought, some she has got in various marriage ceremonies she has attended. But it’s a great collection to start wearing matching bangles each day to workJ; Yeah! That’s my new hobby. I decided that as long as I stay, I would arrange matching bangles for her sari each morning before she goes to work.
Matching bangles per sari
 Each day her friends saw her matching bangles and admired her matching skills and interest to wear different bangles each day. And she mentioned that it was her daughter who did it for her. J
It reminds me of what my colleague at work recently mentioned. She has 2 kids, young boys and how they are not so attached or close to her. When she says goodbye to them while leaving to work, her boys hardly even look at her to say goodbye. She said, it’s always nice to have at least one daughter, as they are close and sensitive; make you feel special. J
 Daughters are always daughters!

Childhood memories with Fevicol

Growing up, I lived in apartments with 24 homes in a building. And every year, there would be some furnishing work in progress in some house. So the carpenters would use the parking area for carpentry. Whenever we’d go out to play the carpenters work would fascinate us a lot. One main reason being the free access to Fevicol- the white adhesive!
When you get the adhesive on your skin and it dries, it peels off like dead skin. That used to be FUN! The oh-my-god, my skin is peeling fun! I am sure most of us enjoyed this. I remember the carpenter Shankar would keep scolding us, not to use up his adhesive!
We’d just hang around as if we were curious to see how they actually use the tools and do the wood work ( I did actually learn some of the procedures they do); and slowly when they’d be busy we’d sneak and squeeze out some fevicol and spread it on our palms.
Recently, when we did the furnishing of my apartment, I showed the trick to my husband. Apparently it was new to him. And since it’s my own furnishing work, I didn’t hesitate to take as much fevicol as I wanted. I managed to take enough to peel out an entire palm in one piece.
Repeated the same when I visited my parents this time, with them doing some kitchen furnishing. Yeah, I am 30 and some childhood fun things don’t change with time! J

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saving the GIRL child

We have known of female feticide crimes in India. Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate show covered a full episode on this issue showing the reasons why this crime happens, how rampant it is, ill-effects of this happening now and in future and organizations who are working towards awareness of people to stop this crime.
Recently, my father shared a news from Pune newspaper; a doctor in Pune who has taken an initiative to provide free child delivery service, if it is a girl child. I looked for this news online too and it is true! This initiative has been taken up by Dr Ganesh Rakh,  after the rampant female feticide crimes in Beed district of Maharashtra.
This is a great start towards recognizing the girl child’s existence. Money is one factor that plays an important role always. If we can encourage saving the girl child by free medical assistance, it will definitely help in some way; especially in a country like India where the girl child I considered as a monetary burden. Truly a great start to save the girl child