Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dark Optical Splendour....

Winner of the "My Sunglasses, My Style"  Contest at Blogadda 
 

Audrey Hepburn is supposed to have said ," My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses ..."


Hmmm. Excuse me.


That's because she never met someone like my late mother-in-law.  

There is nothing more impressive than a tall lady , with a shining translucent complexion, wearing a traditional earth colored kanjivaram saree, with a stubborn white cotton blouse, a long mangalsutra round her neck, diamonds in the ears, a decent size tikka on the forehead and a set of brown  black mafia style (the type Karunanidhi wears) sunglasses properly set on her eyes.  I have always loved these kind of sunglasses, and there was nothing more regal when she wore them, shortly after her cataract operation in her 70's , in the non-phaco-emulsification surgery days, when you emerged from the OT is sunglasses and kept them on for 10 days in hospital, while the stitches dried.


Perfect for hiding your eyes from visitors, one could simply take a nap, when faced with visitors you didn't like, and no one found out if you opened your eyes by mistake; you could be looking at the door and no one could see that you were not listening to them.  These glasses really suit everyone, right from the three year old grandson who wants to try them on, to the daughter and daughter-in-law wanting to protect their contact lenses. The frames never went out of fashion, and will always keep coming back if they do. 

 And GKB opticals has these !  Model  SUNDRIVE M-001 0

 You can even use them after the cataract has healed .  In alternate use, such glasses fit firmly behind, over the bun of your hair, and provide a firm basis for anchoring all the lovely jasmine gajras  on special occasions. 

  Naturally, carrying them in dabbas that click shut is passé.   Authentic heirloom white blouses, often had a pocket at the lower part of the blouse near your waist.  (Very thoughtful, and something all current designers need to note , busy as they are deleting shoulders etc from blouses....).  These glasses maybe smartly kept in these pockets, and pulled out at a moments notice to examine someone's new necklace or jari embroidery. Alternatively, they do set off a lovely Kanjeevaram when tucked in at the waist,  say, next to a bunch of keys. Highly recommended  especially for senior ladies, not obsessed or impressed with the current rimless mania.     


While these may be fine for everyday wear, it is imperative to have a special pair for special occasions,  like attending the afternoon bhishi of the colony ladies, Mrs. H's  daughter's engagement celebration  or, say,  a special meeting .   Mumbai being very dusty, thanks to the constant digging of roads, one must have adequate protection while zooming around in autos. You need sideways protection in glasses as the ricks are open on the sides.  

What better than these OAKLEY FatCat 03-358 model glasses  !  In a special wrap-around styling......

One has to change with the times . These glasses come, in what one may call, dainty ladies' colors.  They provide amazing protection around the sides of the eyes, preventing you from taking a sideways look at, say,  what Mrs so-and-so. next to you,  was looking at  in the jeweller's shop. It also keeps your eyes protected from all the dust coming in from the sides.  

These glasses, when combined with mangalsutra style holders that  attach   to the frame on the side, ensure that even the biggest pothole faced by you in a rickshaw, will not damage and dislodge your glasses. They will simply  slip down and rest on the leheriya border of your modern saree.  You may of course, have chains in pure gold and tiny pearls anchored to your glasses  for special occasions. Given our traditions in gems and jewellery,  really, I mean the sky is the limit then for using these fine set of glasses .  

 














These glasses have inbuilt decoration on the sides, which lends itself to further innovative applications . Since these are wrap-around glasses ,  it is natural that one may want to wear them around the neck, as a choker occasionally.  For those with daughters approaching size zero, a la Kareena Kapur ,  the possibility of using these amazing glasses as a cummerbund in the next Lakme India Fashion Week, cannot be denied. 


Of course, there are several other styles  that  would look good  too. There is a lot of variety today in clothes and hairdo's . Sometimes, the entire hairstyle consists of leaving the hair open, like we did after a head bath on Sundays in our childhood 50 years ago !.  In this fast life, all that flying hair, would really go well with Rayban aviator style glasses. You know, you may not fly, but your hair does, as you rush about. It always impresses the cops if they happen to catch you for going through a red signal.  Makes you look kind of corporate and busy. And maybe Page 3. 


 And yet, I believe in the here and now . In being yourself, and not giving in to fashion diktats. And having multiple uses of things like sunglasses.  

But I will let you in on a secret.  What I really hanker after are those clip-on type attachments that one may wear on ordinary prescription glasses. My late father had one of those, and I've always wanted to kind of turn them up (like a cap visor) , say while checking a bill or something, then click them down, and then leave in dark eyed splendor for the next appointment.


What to do ! We old folks are, as they say these days, like that only!

 
This entry is a part of the contest at BlogAdda.com brought to you by GKB Optical Sunglasses

35 comments:

  1. Such fun! I just got myself new prescription glasses, and had fun seeing the various styles on offer!

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    1. The GKB site has so many styles , its so difficult to choose. But I went with the tried and tested. :-)

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  2. I am laughing so much that I am coughing, Ugich! I like the idea of keeping a pouch in the blouse! Feel like re-writing all the lines in appreciation!

    You will win this award, 100%!

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    1. Thank you. I've always loved the idea of pockets on saree blouses, and actually folks were very practical in the older days. For some reason the rimless types don't impress....:-)

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  3. Hilarious ! Loved every word of it .Best of luck for the contest .

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  4. Hmm.... Must say the Chokers and cummerbunds caught me off-guard! And I thought I was at my innovative best when I burnt those bugs directing the sunlight through my father's glasses on them, during childhood!

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    1. Actually, such things occur only to those who dont wear sunglasses at all, like me. ( i had these photosensitive prescription glasses ages ago, which I thought looked terribly filmy when they darkened). Then I just gave up wearing them. And I am still searching for those ancient style clip-ons. What to do ?

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  5. I love it! And what a great way to start my day!!! You have such a terrific sense of humor! Love the sun glass/belt! Best of luck for the contest!!!

    Sylvia

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia ! I really enjoyed doing this post. Had a lot of fun ....

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  6. I love sunglasses
    Have very dry eyes
    and light bothers my eyes
    So...
    whenever outside
    I wear sunglasses.
    Love this post...

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  7. Awesome write-up!! I love those gold choker chains idea ;-) Hehe

    BTW did u do those sketches???

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    1. Ashwathy, Thanks ! I did have some headband ideas too but then thought it was too common :-)

      And yes, I did do those sketches myself. MSPaint ki jai !

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    2. For MS Paint, that's awesome work!! :D

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    3. Actually the daughter is the graphic design/software/ person, but I like to go back to days of the slate-pencil and everyone has a good laugh at it :-))

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  8. awesome hahahahah! I have laughing out loud...like Ashwathy says the sketches are awesome...I loved the idea of the pocket in the blouse...I wasnt aware of it..Ma's blouses dont have it...Why? out of fashion is it?

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    1. R's Mom, your Mom and I are the same generation. The pockets in the blouse stuff was in my ma-in-law's generation ; so its like your grandma's generation. And it also depends where they lived. My ma-in-law spent her early married years in Amdavaad, Gujarat and then Mumbai. Maybe this still was in vogue there then.

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  9. Super! Funny, informative...loved it. And especially love the caricatures

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    1. Thank you Varsha Naik, and welcome to the blog !

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  10. What fun! Unfortunately, though I wear specs, I have never owned a pair of sunglasses. Now I want one!

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    1. Radha , participate in this Blogadda contest, and you can win a pair !

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  11. I Too have participated in this contest but think you will be the winner.

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    1. Wow ! Kya foresight hai ! The results are just out .... Thank you !

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  12. Amazing, the way you have pulled up a hillarious post about a topic which i thought unwritable.
    Good luck

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    1. I've always been a bit wary of those who try to impress in sunglasses. I dont even own a pair.... but observing folks is interesting..........

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  13. Quite an interesting post... and congrats for winning!
    I didn't win but will love to have your comments on my post:

    http://passey.info/2012/03/sun-glasses-and-the-eternal-seeker-within-me/

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    1. Thank you, sir . Now let me go and check out your link..:-)

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  14. Congratulations! This was a winner of the post.

    I love the way you write about everything and anything without losing your ishtyle :)

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    1. Hey Suma, long-time-no-see-on-the-blog! Thank you for the nice compliment. And yes, this was really a fun post to write . I am amazed that the judges thought so too ......:-)

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  15. Absolutely fabulous!!! Loved reading about size zero....!! :-)

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  16. You have gone creative by posting your paintings. Really good. For more good sunglasses for best prices I have recently found one site MyDeals247.com

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