Disclaimer: This is going to be an opinionated rant. Take it or leave it.
The one thing I get the most from people when I meet them for the first time: ”OMG, you’re Indian. I would have never guessed!”
Over the years I’ve blamed this comment over my pale skin, blondish hair, excessive height and thick American accent. But recently I’ve realized that perhaps it’s been a conscious move to distance myself from my ethnicity.
It’s not that I hate India or being Indian – I love our movies, food, cricket, and culture. What I cannot stand is how Indian society treats women, with the following clip being a perfect example of it:
For those of you a little lost, the above clip shows some of Indian televisions most popular female stars playing a game against each other to see who can touch the maximum number of feet in a set amount of time. You read that right, a game involving touching your feet.
In Indian culture, when a girl gets married and moves to her marital home, she is expected to touch the feet of all her elders as a mark of respect. In the few Indian weddings I’ve attended, I’ve seen the poor brides dressed in outfits weighing several kilos have to touch the feet of an endless line of aunties and uncles. What’s the point of this? The same women bitch about the aunties/uncles the minute they are left alone. So how does this promote respect and reverence?
I know there is a high likelihood that I’ll be pushed to do the same if I ever do get married one day but if I can help it, I won’t let my future daughter ever be subjected to the same.
This winter I was lucky enough to attend two big fat Indian weddings. After 9 days of back-to-back wedding events, I had worn enough eyeliner to deserve a MAC endorsement deal and had experienced plenty of Indian stereotypes.
If you’ve been following my tweets, you know that I’m super excited about my upcoming vacation to India. Not only am I going back to the motherland after 6 years, but also I’m attending TWO weddings of some fabulous friends.
As with any Indian wedding, the past month has been consumed with picking up flashy outfits to wear. One of the stores that really helped me out in Dubai was Label 24. This boutique located in Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai is essentially the Saks 5th Avenue for Indian designers where you can find designers such as Satya Paul, Rocky S and Neeta Lulla under one roof.
Well in the case you need to inject some glamour into your wardrobe, check out designer Jaya Misra’s latest collection at Label 24 this Tuesday, December 13th, 6:30 pm onwards. For more details, click here.