Hey guys, hope you all doing great. Many of you might think I’m not Assamese because I look 100% tribal and mostly people think I’m Arunachali (Arunachal Pradesh), Khasi (Meghalaya) or Nepali (Sikkim) whenever I travel to these states or just going out in my city, Guwahati.
A Little About Me:
Well to clear out all the confusion, I’m Missing, and yes I’m tribal, we are tribal people and my ancestors have been living here in Assam since I don’t know when. But I’m Assamese and I know Assamese (most people talk to me in Hindi and English thinking I’m tribal and most of the time I just go with it because I’m just too tired of correcting people 😌).
As I live in Assam, Saraswati Puja (The Worshipping of Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge) has been very huge in the recent years and it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. It has been an open stage all over the state where young women and young men come out dressed to the nine wearing traditional/fusion Mekhela Sadar (woman) and traditional Dhuti Kurta (man). Some prefer wearing other traditional attire like Lehenga choli, the choices are endless.
You can just call it Winter Fashion Week in Assam showcasing the diverse cultures and their traditional attires. The streets become a runway for the masses to show their outfits may it be traditional or the trendy ones.
Not a huge Fan of this Trend
I am not a big fan of these new developments where a simple ceremony of worshiping Ma Saraswati has somehow been overshadowed by a glitz and glamour show of who wears what, who wore the best?
This has increased a certain level of insecurities and mindless indulgence in things which is in true sense utter worthless. Many people spends hours and hours of time and money in creating that one look/outfit for this day. For me it’s insane, I myself have gone to 2-3 Saraswati Pujas in my life and I just go as my usual self, I rather spend my money on food 😝 then buy stuffs for these ceremonies.
Clearly it is not my scene, and I have not gone to any since my college days. But this year I made an exception and went anyway. One of my friend Chinmoyee invited me to go along with her and her friends to her University, USTM and I was like okay, let’s go this year. Actually I brought a very elegant maroon skirt last year and I haven’t got a chance to wear it out and this is a perfect scene where I can flaunt my beautiful baby out.
Finally, the day arrived and I was super excited. I was dressed to the nine, I loved the way my outfit looked and I was super comfortable and confident.
We arrived at her college and it was really fun and cheerful, to see everyone wearing traditional attires and praying and having Prasad, khichidi and kheer.
We finished our khichidi and we were about to take a tour of the university when all hell broke loose. I felt like the entire sky came crashing down on me. It was hilarious and embarrassing at the same time. And it didn’t stop at one and it kept going on till I have nothing else to lose, literally nothing. Come, let’s all laugh together at my misadventures at Saraswati Puja, 2019.
The many highlights of my day at Saraswati Ma Puja, 2019:
1. Firstly, my hell began when my shoe decided to gave up on me in the middle of the campus while taking a tour.
I tried as hard as possible to look normal and walk normal as the sole of my heel made it difficult to get a hold of the ground. I quickly sat on the grass, didn’t even check before sitting. My friends were hovering above me thinking of solutions and I was nervous and embarrassed, guilty to have ruined the day for all of us.
2. Secondly, my shoe left behind a piece of the sole for everyone to witness my misfortune.
Somehow, a Security Guard caught eye on the piece of the heel and quickly knew that it was mine. He was very kind and told me not to worry as you can fix it with glue. It’s embarrassing enough and on top I am being called on to take back the piece. I just couldn’t get up and walk back to retrieve the piece. I just ignored it, the betrayal I received, the shoe piece just didn’t exist for me anymore. 😒
3. Thirdly, while sitting on the grass contemplating what to do with my shoe I sat on chewing gum.
And it got stuck to my back like a white patch on my beautiful skirt 🤦🏻♀️. I was safe to say got a little luck there as there was dog poop a few inches away from where I was sitting.
4. Fourthly, Just as I was trying to fix my shoe, I spilled the glue all over my fingers and my fingers got stuck to each other.
I was horrified and to make it worst my finger got glued to a nearby pine tree. It was horrible and hilarious. I was losing my mind. My friends were cracking jokes saying, “In worst case scenario we have to bring back the pine tree with Nancy”. 😂 It just lightened the whole atmosphere and we all broke into laughter.
My friends were a life savior yesterday. They were trying to make me feel better and running around to get glue, carry bags and all. Chinmoyee, my friend, my savior was very calm and took upon herself to fix this problem. I was to make the hard choice between choosing to fix the shoe or just go barefoot.
Finally, I decided to go barefoot.
Chinmoyee and her friend, Madhusmita took one shoe each in their sling bags and disposed it off. The things girlfriends need to do for their girl 💁🏻♀️.
Luckily, I was wearing a floor length skirt and stockings, and I had to walk on my tippy toes to keep me from tripping over my own outfit. That would have been the cherry on top, right? Well it didn’t happen, your girl is A-okay.
I felt quite relieved going barefoot, and I had my girlfriends with me to provide emotional support. We had a fun time posing for photos, laughing at our own misfortunes. A huge shoutout to my lovely friends, Chinmoyee, Madhusmita and Madhusmita Ba.
I came, I slayed barefoot and left my shoes behind. 🤣🤣
Here are the few moments we were able to capture even after the whole incident:
Glad I took a photo of myself before my shoe betrayed me
Who would have thought I don’t have any shoes underneath my skirt 😅
Madhusmita Ba and me busy trying to remove the god awful chewing gum from my skirt.
Chinmoyee and Madhusmita Ba
All smiles even after all the horrible stuffs that I went through, can’t stop me from having fun, can you?
I hope you loved this piece, and laughed your face off. You are welcome. Though it was embarrassing, it will be etched to our souls for the remainder of our lives. Can’t believe we pulled it off and got back in one piece, it is just super amazing.
If you have ever gone through a horrible yet funny wardrobe malfunction do comment down. I would love to hear your stories.
See you next time. Till then take care.
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