Feb 13, 2008

I am a Material Girl

Oh yes, I am! Its a typical Indian trait they say that we dont throw things away. We repair them, we squeeze every bit of our hard earned money out of anything and everthing... be it furniture, dress, utensils. And that doesnt make me one bit embarrassed. I am proud of it. And sometimes with time, when we do need to give them away or simply dispose them off, it takes away a part of us. But still there are a few things that have managed to stick with me over the years, and JLT, tagged me to let the world know about them.
So here I go :)
1) A bunch of cards/autograph book that transport me back to my college days. Those were the days when luckily Archies was a bit too costly and we were a bit too conscious to buy readymade cards. In order to impress each other, we used to let our creativity run wild, decorate the cards with all kinds of one liners and fill them with colours. The result of such efforts could not end in the dustbins, could they? So, they stayed. Its been a long time since I went through them and I guess I will do that right away after this post :) ... to relive the carefreeness of a teenager.
2) A dressing table that was given to me by my parents but which had come in my life when I was 10. It has withstood the test of time and although the mirror has lost its silver at places, it reminds me of that awkward little girl who spoke to herself for hours, and kept insisting to the mirror that she was indeed the prettiest girl around. Ah! those were some days! :)
3) A fairly new acquisition for me but a lifetime of memory for my inlaws in the form of a wooden cupboard which has six deep pockets where only a hand can go in, and 3 sections. The deep pockets have some secret hidden divisions too. It reminds me of the Nancy Drew books and I only wish I was younger to dream of some secret treasure maps there which I discover accidentally...lol.
4) Some of the books that remind me of my student years. I have carefully stuck the label that says Miss so-and-so, such-and-such prize, class so-and-so. I only hope it acts as a motivation to my kids.
5) My Inlaws Photo album that never ceases to amaze my children. "How young and beautiful paati looks", "how funny is thatha's trouser", "why are you wearing your saree over your tummy, paati?", "Thatha, was your hair really this black? and what a style" :) I have carefully scanned the snaps and made an online album for the same. Somethings are too precious to be lost. The same for the marriage album of my parents!
6) One of the newest in my collections is that sexy satin nightie that I had shyly and secretively bought for my marriage...lol.. and which I have outgrown long long ago. Maybe someday I will be able to fit back into it.

Hey JLT, I loved doing this tag, believe me. I wonder why memories become more and more priceless with time :) I wonder who remains to do the tag.
Dame, Suma, Lavs, Timepass, if you have not taken this up already, please do, its a wonderful experience!

6 comments:

Thinking aloud February 14, 2008 at 6:06 AM  

Really loved this....i too have that autograph book...and my prize books..what memeories attached to them...you seem to be very organized...sigh..wish some would rub off on me...i love the idea about the photos...

as for tagging me..will do it...soon :)

Swati February 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM  

Hey i too have those cards and autograph books from college :D

Just Like That February 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM  

oooo,, albums! I LOVE them too, the older the better. But sadly, quite a lot of old photos got mildewed and spoilt in my Mom's place in Kerala.
Nightie- Now why would you be wanting to fit into it, I wonder? ;-)

Lavs February 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM  

Thanks for the tag. I have already written about it. Here is the link [http://myownpenseive.blogspot.com/2008/01/prized-possession.html].

Mama - Mia May 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM  

:)

that was such a lovely tag!! and trust you to put across your thoughts so beautifully!

you made me also get all nostalgic.... about YOUR stuff!! :D

Cheers!

WhatsInAName May 13, 2008 at 5:10 PM  
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