Ever felt proud to have spent Rs.700 for something that doesn’t cost more than Rs.70?
I did. 🙂
An extremely struggling month I had starting February 20th, with the World Book Fair along with Ananya’s Final exams and our National Sales Meet. We were working on weekends for four continuous weekends. Amidst all this, I am reminded by my friends-cum-colleagues about the “Showcase your Region/Tradition” on the Gala Dinner & Awards Nite ceremony.
Pinks: Let’s all wear a Saree this year. I’m also planning to wear one.
ME: Yes. Yes. I am game for it. 🙂
Pinks: Chalo, then pakka…pack up your stuff without fail. 🙂
ME: Sure. Lemme first finish all my PPTs. 😦
On the night before we had to travel, I packed up my stuff in a panick-striken mode at 11.40 at night after having slogged for two continuous nights on the PPTs. Didn’t get the matching blouse and was almost thinking of taking a different saree than our traditional Kasavu Saree, that the feeling of betraying my state, Kerala – God’s Own Country, overcame me. Somehow managed to get a blouse almost matching with the saree. Not so happy though, went to sleep for 3 hours. 😦
Finally all set for the Sales Meet, we head for our destination. All thru the bus journey, sleeping and falling over and over again, finally we reach Le Meridien, Jaipur. Though tired almost to death, our delight was reflecting on our faces upon reaching our respective villas. Some perks of working in an MNC. 🙂
The day before the Gala Nite, I suddenly realized that I had brought in all the necessary accessories except the most important one, the Petticoat (Underskirt; Adipavada in Malayalam ).
Alas! What else can happen to someone who hasn’t been in her senses for the past few weeks.
What I needed was a Cream-colored stuff to match the Kasavu Saree. I hated and cursed the people who made the Kasavu Saree have a default cream colour.
I thought, “Why couldn’t those buggers make it some dark colored saree? I could have worn any colored pavada with it. I could have borrowed from someone.”
How I wished I could go back home. Suddenly came the image of the Shopping Gallery of Le Meridien to my mind. At 8.50 p.m. went to one of the shops, bargained and bought a cream-colored Men’s Pyjama (originally priced at Rs.950) for Rs.700, though it was only worth about Rs.70. I was feeling stupid for having done this crap.
I could have had two Pizzas at that cost. 😦
All dressed up we reached the Gala Nite venue. Pics, compliments, all flowing in and me laughing to myself at the creative idea I had used to save Kerala. 🙂
Then comes the annoucement about the winners for the best Regional Attire. Third prize announced, and winner is a very dear friend who’s been the 1st prize winner for almost all the contests and she actually works hard towards it. Then came the announcement of the 2nd winner.
Now, all of us waiting eagerly to know who’s the first prize winner and guess what…it was the Kerala Kasavu Saree with the Men’s Pyjama that won the first prize. 🙂
Note from one of my teachers on my FB page :
“After the crowning, u were dizzy with happiness?????!!!!!!!!”
No Teacher! I fainted in the bus on my way back from Jaipur coz my BP (Blood Pressure not the “Bharthavinne Pedi” (Fear of Husband) and my Sugar count (you know how sweet I am :-)) went extremely low due to the high stress levels.
Rs.700 spent was actually worth it! Ain’t it? 🙂