Every other day, you see a lot of rape cases in the newspapers. Doesn’t even shock me now. But, if you have never heard of people raping women with their eyes, then welcome to Kerala!! God's own country.
For instance, today morning, I’m waiting in the bus-stop, happily dressed in my new jeans and kurti. This guy, a typical 'thozhililla party', in a kaili, grinding a beedi between his teeth, walks past me. Stop! Sudden break. Reverse gear. He walks back, halts in front of me and stares-head to foot. As if I’m some dummy in a textile shop. At this point, I start sweating and am desperately searching for cover. Thank god!! There are two other women there, each wide enough to cover me.I hide behind them and the guy leaves. Sigh!!!
Nope. Not time for a sigh yet. The ladies have launched an attack. And this time, it’s my jeans. Of course! “Look at her! Noshame at all! I would never allow my daughter to go out in such clothes!!” and the next comment- “veetteennu azhichu vittirikkuva”….Dear god in heaven!
My bus arrives saving me from the rest of the tongue lashing. I find an empty seat beside a trying-to-look-young lady in her late 40's. I sit down and she jumps. “I thought you were a boy!!” @#%^$&* (All comments censored).
I mean people, what IS wrong with the jeans? I’d say it’s much more comfortable than the sari. And decent. Mean, it covers more parts of your body than the sari does… (If that’s what decency is all about)...Here, I’m strongly reminded of Shilpa Shetty’s saris. How that thing defies all laws of gravity still remains a mystery. Hmmm.
This old woman, who has tried her level best to recreate her long since lost youth in an inch thick make-up and a churidar,is looking down at me as if I’m some dirt under her feet. Just look at her!! She’s got an abnormally large number of tyres on her waist, bulging out of the most unlikely places!! At least, I’m not that unfortunate looking!!
Humph!!! Tell me about it!!!