Like in any Indian wedding, jewellery plays a very important role. If you are a South Indian, it's necessity is quadrupled. The bride is almost covered in gold from neck to waist. You might even wonder how she's able to support all that weight. But you can't do without it like Westerners. It is considered a sin if you wear less than 4 gold necklaces on your wedding! The more the better. The more people can't see you, the better!
But Dhanno isn't interested in gold to the obvious disappointment of her mother. So you can imagine her situation when she lands up in a jewellery shop.
My cousin's wedding is coming up soon. In 'Hum Saat Saat Hain' style, we all (other relatives included) decided to tag along with my cousin and her mom to shop for some gold. Shopping for clothes is in my department. But shopping for gold? B-O-R-I-N-G! I was yawning and looking disinterested in no time. I hate gold and I mean that. I hate it because it has a yellow tinge which looks so damn ugly. The only type of gold jewellery I like are those where its yellow tinge isn't visible. In other words, it should be covered with lots and lots of stones!
So, there was I looking left and right... everywhere else except the place where the jewellery was being displayed to my family. As usual, the shopkeepers (who thinks everyone's attention should only be on them and the gold they have to show) were getting a lil irritated with my disinterest.
Shopkeeper : Madam, you didn't like anything?
I was staring unceasingly at the next shop which was visible through the glass doors of the jewellery store. It had nice t-shirts and glittery bags. In the midst of framing excuses in my head to escape from this boredom of a place, I was rudely snapped back to my vicinity when he asked me this.
Me : Umm. No. I am not interested in gold.
All my relatives turned to me in astonishment. I am sure even the shopkeeper would have killed me then and there if he had a gun.
Feeling betrayed by everyone's reaction, I returned to scanning the interiors of the jewellery store and...... behold, I found what my eyes were craving for!
PLATINUM JEWELLERY AND DIAMONDS!!!!!
Suddenly, that boring place became heaven for me. The glitter, the beauty! I realized I had very expensive tastes in jewellery!
Me (enthusiastically) : How much ????
Shopkeeper (relieved that I am at least interested in some kind of jewellery the shop had to offer): Only 1.5 lakhs
Me : Oh! Only ? How much for this one?
Shopkeeper : This is very cheap. Only 80,000 rupees.
Me : Very cheap indeed.
All the aunts (very interested to see what I was looking so interested in) : Ayye. This looks like steel and aluminium. How can you be interested in this ????
Like how my grandmother would say, 'I think it must be the 'generator' gap'.