When I saw this prompt to express gratitude for five womanly quirks that I am thankful for, I grinned in sheer delight as this is so-me-kinda thing! So of course, I had to scribble out a few lines to satisfy the devil in me. So here goes folks, an uncut unabridged version of my
fallacies, oh I meant Quirks!!! 😉
My need to feed folks is legendary
I have friends who start to introduce me with dishes they have eaten at my house, rather than by my name. Yeah, I love being a
perfect good hostess who likes to equally get drunk and fed as her guests. My thing is to make sure no one gets up and I love filling up plates, handing them out. And I pack doggy bags too, once the meal is done with. I also love to bake or rather experiment with baking. Since I don’t have a sweet tooth, guess where it all goes? Yup – to all my friends and foes – alike! 😉
My hair-raising antics
I grew up yearning for curly ringlets; instead have waterfall straight hair which is so fine and silky that even after sleeping all night with rollers, they remain ramrod straight next morning. So I have tried to compensate this by experimenting with hairstyles and hair colours, much to the chagrin/amusement of my many hair dressers!! Uneven layers, lopsided chopping of hair, shorn from the nape up and long in front – all a nightmare to grow into an even state again. Colours from bubblegum pink, magenta, plum to shades of reds!!! The affair continues to date and probably will, till the day I die. Next on the agenda is a perfectly shorn off head like a monk!
My love of bare-my-back sari blouses
This quirk is the bane of my mother’s nightmares while I absolutely revel in showing off my back which is why I also deigned to have a tattoo embellished upon (quite strategically, so that it peeps out ). I have got quite a collection of halter and other deep back ones with colourful threads, beads and what nots; which swing with gay abandon when I walk! Much to my mom’s horror, I desecrated the heavier silk saree blouses too in the same vein. But…. but I have not gone the whole nine yards as in a completely backless blouse – that would take a whole load of guts for me to feel comfy doing! Lets see if by 2025 I achieve that! 😉
My penchant of picking a saree on almost every travel to a new Indian region
I cannot resist our gorgeous textiles, especially hand looms/ hand-made ones and more so when it comes to sarees. So I have a saree from Kashmir, Benares, Kerala, Bangalore, Andhra, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pondicherry etc which range from tussars, silks, chiffons, cottons and Georgette with threadwork to tie & dye to marbling to zaris to kalamkari…………….. It’s another matter that most of them are unworn as I love collecting sarees more than wearing 😉
My “zid” to wear a nose ring
When I expressed a desire to have my nose pierced, my mom was aghast! “Why do you want to do something like that? A nose ring will not suit you.” But I wanted it as I find it very exotic and sensous on a woman. Conspiring with one of my bhabhi, I managed the feat. And then began a search for the perfect nose ring – to date I have over a dozen pins and rings collected from jewellers across cities as its very difficult to find extraordinary designs in nose pins, ready-made. Someday I shall show them all off in a post… And it’s never bothered me to find out whether it suits me or not – I think its awesome and that’s it!!
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