All that glitters—–03/08/2012

Is this what you are wearing  for the occasion? Asked my husband scrutinizing me from top to bottom.

Well, yes. What’s wrong with  my  sari and the accessories? I asked  noticing  his look of disapproval.

Don’t forget that  you are addressing a bunch of literary  audience, he reminded.

So what? Is there a dress code for different kinds of occasions? I said.

Most certainly yes. For instance  if you are attending a wedding Reception, you can be all decked up  in a designer sari  and matching accessories, but if it’s a muhurtam, the ensemble should be more traditional, he explained.

What if it’s a party? I asked growing curious and at the same time surprised at the  ‘dress code’  he prescribed.

Well, it all depends  upon the kind of party one attends, he said.

You know, since I don’t attend cocktail  parties, I don’t belong to the cocktail circuit, I said.

I  am aware of that. But there is a dress code for parties as well, he  observed.

What’s that? I asked.

May be  an embellished sari with a contrast blouse should suit the occasion. The accessories  need not necessarily be made of gold, he enlightened. You know the market is flooded  with all kinds of accessories with beautiful  designs which make gold ornaments fade away in their presence, he said sounding very proud of his knowledge.

You seem to know a lot about things which  don’t come in your domain, I said  quite astonished.

See, we men are more observant  than you  women who can’t make out the difference between genuine and imitation stuff. Haven’t you heard of the saying ‘All that glitters is not Gold’, he quipped.


n.meera raghavendra rao


2 thoughts on “All that glitters—–03/08/2012

  1. V Raghavan

    How about silver anklets, glass bangles, oxidized copper necklace and large plastic ear rings! It will cost a pittance, but sure to attract more attention than genuine gold!

    1. All those you mentioned may attract more attention but cannot be mistaken for genuine gold which is called the yellow metal because of its colour .whereas imitation jewellery can be mistaken for genuine gold for, it resembles a lot in colour and glitter .However that ‘extra’ glitter gives it away!

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