The other day when I visited an exhibition where there was a stall for costume and imitation jewellery, noticing my admiration for the numerous attractive designs the salesman tried to persuade me to pick up a few sets. When I said they were more suitable for youngsters, he immediately replied saying customers, especially the older women like me preferred wearing the stuff more for reasons of safety and I nodded my head in agreement.
The incident reminded me of what my friends had mentioned on the subject a few days ago. One of them said her maid requested her to lend her gold jewellery set for a day as she wished to wear it for a wedding and my friend had refused which didn’t surprise me. But what my other friend said about her maid who also worked as a domestic help in a house nearby appeared a little too farfetched and difficult to believe or digest. The woman had proudly told her that her employer lent her gold jewellery when the latter wished to wear it for a function in the family. ‘My amma never hesitates to lend her expensive jewellery whenever I ask’, she had reiterated.
I am beginning to wonder whether it is a case of Guy de Maupassant’s story ‘The Necklace’.
n.meera raghavendra rao