Have you noticed something in the sartorial styles of today’s young women? I said.
Why do you ask me? Replied my husband stressing on me.
Because you men are not only more observant but also critical about today’s changing fashions, I said knowing fully well that my statement would provoke him.
Aye, that’s too sweeping a statement and quite unwarranted, he accused.
The trend seems to be to appear more American than Indian, I observed.
Why do you think so? He said.
Well, I find the youngsters of today believe in all kinds of accessories excepting one, I said.
What is that ‘one’? you seem to emphasize, he asked.
Try to guess?
You mean wearing a bindi on their forehead? He said after a pause.
Yes.They think it is too old fashioned to wear one although there are a variety of this cosmetic available unlike before, I rued.
Do you know the real reason why the youngsters don’t prefer wearing it? He said.
Is there any other reason? I asked.
Yes, there is. They are afraid that wearing a bindi might leave a permanent mark between their eyebrows and it might appear ungainly when they completely switch over to wearing western dresses in future, he quipped.
n.meera raghavendra rao