Three years ago, when I was shopping for my sister’s wedding ceremonies, Anarkali’s were in vogue and the fashion houses were flooded with Anarkalis. I am very conservative when it comes to colours that I like to clad myself in. Looking through the fine-looking collection, my husband lay his hands on a ‘Yellow’ Anarkali.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the colour ‘yellow?’ My brain seems to have got stuck on one of the Indian Primary School Insults. Didn’t get it yet? Whenever anyone showed up in a yellow outfit, we could hear someone go, “Yellow, Yellow; Dirty Fellow”. So, my first reaction was, ‘No way! I am not having it’ and he politely asked me to try it on. I know how much I tried to dodge it but finally I gave in amd wore it and came out of the trial room. As soon as I came out, I could see it in their eyes (his and my mom’s) that I can no longer run away from it and this was one of the dresses I was going to wear for my sister’s wedding celebrations. Funny enough, they had even decided on the event I was going to wear it for.
‘Yellow’ is a warm hue which is associated with energy, cheerfulness and happiness. In the Hindu culture, yellow, the colour of Turmeric, signifies knowledge, harmony, peace and meditation. I have grown up seeing idols and pictures of Krishnaji and Ganeshji in yellow. Even Lord Vishnu used to wear a yellow gear, which was a symbol of his intellect and knowledge.
Getting back to where I left, there I was.. Wearing, this yellow (and green) flowing Anarkali on my sister’s ‘Mehandi’ Night. ‘Green’ being the colour of ‘Henna’; yellow and green was indeed a lovely and apt colour combination for the night.
Recently, I wore the same Anarkali again on Diwali and I was as unsure about it, as I was when I bought it 3 years ago. I needed reassurance (from my husband of course!) that it was okay for the occasion and that it was not too flamboyant and flashy. With his exceptional communication skills, he (again) convinced me. But do I regret it?