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Monday, June 10, 2013

A new dress and a Hawai chappal

First weekend after salary, it’s all about shopping. Even after listing some 10 dresses, matching footwear and accessories, It still seems so less! And in reality once I head to shopping with that list, end of shopping the list really looks small for all that I would have shopped.  Such are these days...

It seems miracle when I sit back and think about those childhood days when we were studying and Appa, Amma struggling to meet the ends. Life wasn’t this easy both Appa and Amma combined dint earn more than few thousands and all of that used to vanish in home loans, kids expenses, health, home maintenance and some to take care of people back home.  But even with all these constraints Appa, Amma managed to fulfill most of our desires and for those which they couldn’t they really managed very well to explain us why we can’t get all that we want.

It was during those days that buying a new dress really meant there was some reason or an occasion associated with it. We never really got a dress without any reason. Trust me, it had to be one of these, a festival (considering 4 big festivals) so its 4 per year, Birthday 1 new dress per year, and then some close kin of us is getting married then by luck 1 more new dress. So that’s it maximum 6-7 dress per year. Even Appa and Amma, had never bought a piece of cloth if not for any of these reason and for them it was even lesser.

And the footwear trust me, until me and my sis were out of 7th grade, we never got to wear anything other than the famous Hawai chappal. It was my Appa’s thought that they were the only ones which would last long and so no matter what the dress we wear its only hawai chappal we wore with that. My beautiful sister was style conscious from that very young age and kept cribbing that she would like a Cinderella shoes with her new frocks preferably with a heel. And even after repeated cribbing and crying when she dint get a heeled Shoe,  she chose to protest and that too how cleverly! She simply wore hawai chappal and walked around raising her heel that’s when everybody started questioning Appa, Amma and they were tired answering that there was nothing wrong with her legs. And soon she got a new Cinderella shoes.

As my eyes wondered through my sister’s collection of marvellous stilettos, pumps, peep toes, wedges, crocks, pointed heels  and  as I see my sis beautifully walk in them today, I still remember my little sister walking around  in her new  dress and a hawai chappal and with that, her little pretty feet raised up. And that’s how my darling sister ended an era of a new dress and a hawai chappal! 

P.S: This is my 150th post.  Thanks a lot to you all, for being there to listen to my stories…

27 comments:

Ranjana Bhat said...

Lovely post!! Thanks for this :)My heel is paining still for those stupid things I did then, more than wearing pumps now ;) These memories are unforgetabble... :*

Pavani said...

Superb!! Ramya.. Ur narration of experiences always make me nostalgic & Congrats as ur journey of writing reached a milestone..
hope to see more n more from u..

Tarun Shetty said...

Nice.. Nice..Childhood memories hawa hawa yi.....

Valay said...

Nice one Ramya.. Very realistic too :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Nice write-up..:-)

Amith Mendon said...

Nice post Ramya... Loved it!! :)

KParthasarathi said...

Hearty Congratulations on reaching 150.Reach 250 by December.
Your post was nice.Things were different two or three decades back.

Rahul Bhatia said...

Keep collecting more stilletos after all the Devil also wears Prada:) Most would have similar memories to share of their childhood!

Prashanth said...

Firstly, congratulations for reaching the 150 mark.. wish you keep going further :o)

This post of yours did take me back to my childhood days.. even though I have exams tomorrow and studying now, the very title of the post with 'hawai chappal' pulled me here. That's the impact it has and will continue to have in my life.

Was nice reading through the unforgettable memories you ranted; what struck me most was the 'mature elder' - you, while you spoke about your sister. Hope to see this more often :P

Good one, Ramya..

Ramya said...

@Ranjana: yeah right thanks for being part of all those beautiful memories we have :D

@Pavani: thanks a lot dear :D I am very happy that you like to get back to chittrana to refresh your memory :D

@Tarun: hahaha yeah yeah Hawa Hawaaayiiii

@Valay: Happy that you find it realistic and yes it is a real incident which is not gone down as a beautiful memory

Ramya said...

@Amith: Hey thanks a lot for dropping by and thank you loads you have been my constant encouragement...

@KP: hey KP thanks a lot hope I will be able to fulfil your wish :D yeah things were different then :D

@Rahul sir: Yeah everybody will have wonderful memories of childhood to share :D

Ramya said...

@Prashanth: Thanks a lot for your wishes and I totally taken aback by the dear way you have commented on the post, thanks seeing beyond the words and happy that you enjoyed my rant :D

yes Hawai chappal has such an impact in most of our life, its one of the major portion of our childhood :) just cant let go.

Uma said...

congrats on the milestone! some lovely childhood memories there :-)

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Ramya, this post is so very nostalgic that I almost visualized my very own childhood. My sister also has been style conscious in those days. But we kind of had to do with a pair of Hawaii Chappals with all our dresses. :)

Congratulations on your milestone.

Ellen said...

This brought back memories for me, too. A wonderful glimpse of life. Keep writing your interesting stories. Looking forward to more.

Congratulations on your 150th post! :-)

Ramya said...

@Uma: Thanks a lot Uma for dropping in to wish me on my little milestone :D

@Ashwini: thanks a lot dear for coming over to wish me... yeah I am really surprised to see that this Hawai chappal was really part of so many childhood and we all have wonderful memories around it...
Happy that I took u back to your childhood days :D

@Ellen: Thanks a lot Ellen, I am very happy that it rekindled your memories :D

Jyoti Mishra said...

wow..150
Congratulations :)
haha and hawai chappal.. I remember that. Everyone at my palce used to have one..
now they are replaced by fancy-colored chappals :P

Ramya said...

@Jyoti: Thanks a lot for dropping by :D yeah it was such a common thing those days :D
and now its all fancy thing but somehow that image never fades from our memory

Nuthan said...

150 posts of true joy!! Congratulations blogger..!! keep it on and bring on the best : )

ohhh this post rings a bell, down the memory lane. Hawai chappal was the enforced one(as you said, it's not by choice though) :) and I used to always demand for a fancy one in terms of color and strap.
Makes me remember many other little things that were associated with my childhood. Craving for a proper jean was one such long lasting desire in my childhood and had to wait almost till Engg to get a proper one that matches my taste (and of course my Dad and granny had a strange expression on their face.) ; )
btw.. that 4 dresses a year concept, based on festivals.. is very much true in my case and also to many of my friends : )

Ramya said...

@Nuthan: Thanks a lot for that nice wish you all keep me motivated, no matter what I write you are there to pat my back and encourage me and to listen to all my stories :D thanks a lot for that.

And yes such childhood memories are fantastic and may be those days of struggle to get what we wanted has kept us humble :D still.

Nuthan said...

@Ramya- True.. that's right Ramya.. we learnt to appreciate the comforts and has thought us to be humble..

Found In Folsom said...

Sweet...I could relate to your story, Ramya. Coming from a middle class family, mine is a similar tale to tell..Mom was a tailor..so she would stitch 6-7 pairs once in summer and we would wear each one for each occasion. And your sis's shoe story is so cute..Mine is also a fashion chick and now she has at least 30 pairs of shoe :)

Ramya said...

@FIF: Oh surprising how similar we all are isnt it :D we all are linked through our struggles, dreams and thoughts :) and we like dumbs think that we are strangers :D Happy that all these keeps us connected.

Oh 30pairs :D thats still countable :D My sis has 2 wardrobes full!!! and she is fighting with appa that she doesnt have enought space to keep her shoes :D hows that!!!

gopinath said...

Congrats for your 150th post. And a lovely one again. What u said true in most middle class as we are called and will remain so for rest of our lives. But the today generation is different... Hope to see u flying like this forever...

Ramya said...

@Gopinath: Thanks a lot for your wishes, Yes the best life is when Every generation gets better and better living...

Prashanth said...

Hey congrats on the 150th post, treat yavaga..;) Hawai Chappals are truly an invention I believe. During my childhood days I was very particular about the colour of the Hawai Chappal. In those days there used be one more colour of the Hawai Chappal that used to come along with the blue ones, the yellow colour ones. I used to love those and to buy the yellow ones, I use to cut the sole of the blue ones just to make it look like it has worn out and it's time to buy the new one & that too yellow one..:)

Hege channagi baritayri, namma nella santosha padisi nimma post moolakha..:)

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