If there is a ‘brain storming’ about the uses of a belt, I am sure you can come out with at least three of them which are; it helps to hold your trousers in place; keeps the drivers safe while negotiating bad roads and it lays the fears of air passengers at rest during turbulent flights. In all the above instances the wearer does not have any qualms about the belt being visible to the onlooker. But this ‘protective shield’ if I may call it so, has a very important use to a person like me with back pain and I have no inhibition whatsoever to flaunt it. Only difference however is, ladies who belonged to an earlier generation, like my mother and aunts used to wear a waist band made of 22 carat gold on occasions and would go about without any risk of it being stolen. It probably had a double purpose, maintaining the figure besides a display of their affluence.
I run no risk of my belt being stolen, on the other hand I command great respect and enjoy a lot of privileges when I adorn my protective shield. For instance, the tour operators in Pune (on our recent visit) obliged us by sending particular models of cars we had requested for and the cabbies would drive at an even pace. Again while getting into the coach after alighting from the plane in Chennai, a passenger promptly vacated his seat for me and allowed me to exit first and a co passenger helped me to pull out my heavy suitcase from the conveyer belt.
Three cheers to my BELT !
n.meera raghavendra rao