16 Signs that she is a complete Indian Bride!

It’s her day today and like most of us would be, she too is thrilled and euphoric about it. But then there’s more that she is enthralled about and that’s her love for Indian culture & rituals. Triveni (who happens to be her shop-for-wedding friend) will tell you how.

After she took an auspicious oil bath, her hairs were adorned with flowers and jewellery for almost every pleat. And they called this arrangement of hair as “Keshapasharachana”.

Her eyebrows lifted, when put the ornament “Maang-Tikka“, after all it is on this jewellery that her better half would put “sindoor“.

“Sindoor (vermillion, a red coloured powder) is regarded as being an extremely auspicious symbol of what it means to be a bride – of the man she would consider hers. And she would always wear it and “Mangal Sutra” as symbols of suhaag thus ensuring the longevity of her husband.”,

she said all that with a little blush which added to the awww-moment. :)

Bindi” seems to be no less important. It is as much a symbol of  marriage, as the sacred red powder we just discussed. And our elders would say a big NO to vacant forehead of a married woman. But for all the Kajal-lovers out there, you’ll be glad to know that “Kajal” is also considered as a sacred-to-do for the brides.

Next she put up the “Nath” (the nose ring), close to which was the earring or all of ours favourite “Jhumka“. Notice the armlets on the upper arm? They are the “baajuband“.

Meanwhile something interesting that came up “Legend that says brides were asked to wear bangles because as newlyweds, they were not supposed to do household chores.” What’s more interesting is the look these “Choodiyan” give to the bride. “Hathphool” for the hands, and a ring with mirror embedded in it for the left thumb. This versatile ring is known as “Aarsi“, which helps the bride get a  glimpse of herself as well as her life-partner (incase the rituals don’t let her see his face). There something for the waist as well, yes a waistband or the “Kamarband“.

Payal” to add sparkle to the feet already decorated with “Mehndi” & “Bichua” (the toe ring) finally summing up the signs to SIXTEEN. You may want to scroll up & count the ones in italics ;)

Till then Triveni will leave for the next journey to bring back more, so stay tuned to TriveniTimes!

Authored by Pragya Banka

Covering Valliyan, Nikhil Thampi & Nishka Lulla for Lakme Fashion Week!

This show featuring three of the most popular young designers of India today was an affair of elegance with chic designs, pastel shades and equally stunning accessories.

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The show opened with Valliyan by Nitya Arora. Jewellery so colourful yet elegant is seldom seen. The designer accomplished the impossible with her creation where a lot of stonework in pinks, yellows and aquamarine shades were shown.  The accessories gave a touch of royalty and was paire with silk and satin drapes of various cuts. A show to remember.

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The next designer was Nikhil Thampi- a true genius in his own terms. His creation was a mind-blowing display of white, cream & peach with a classic touch of rose gold embellishments. The designer’s vision with colours broadened as the show continued. He literally played with hues where he combined shades to create lovely Spring appropriate trends. Yellow Ochre and bright Indigos were paired with embellished accessories and cropped jackets. To make it look classier he kept the footwear mostly in nudes and beiges. A clear treat for the eyes.

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Then was the time for the very bright Nishka Lulla. The young designer’s work was mainly on earthy shades of light greens & biscuits. Her fabric was mainly sheer chiffon which were beautified by small floral prints. Her colour palette was very pastel in the later half of the show with sky blues, greys and white gold dominating the major portions. The creation was simple but feminine, very wearable and very pretty.

This show was truly a revelation of how these designers are so popular amongst the yound and happening.

By Jhilmil D Saha

Jhilmil is a beauty/fashion blogger and has her own blog Beauty & Beyond