• Vijeta Gawdi

Vanity, No apologies | Don't be Sorry about the Saree

Updated: Apr 5, 2020


A new social media experiment/challenge finds itself in the midst of a colossal debate. The cynics and skeptics have finally found some work to do. Now, these guys have been vested with the power to adjudicate any matter that they find incongruous. Be wary, these people are undeniably opinionated and excellent at picking on Dawdlers.

Yes! my dear friends, I am talking about the highly coveted "Saree Challenge". For those who are oblivious to this challenge, let me explicate. So you are a happy go lucky, carefree social media subscriber, who is liked by most for your cheery disposition. Over the years, you have used the platform to connect, share and exchange information, ideas, memories etc with your families and friends. You are happy and content in your haven and are for the most part, enthused about people's lives around you. You are empathetic to those who are on your 'Friends List' and you occasionally check in to drop a Hi! or a Wow!

Now one fine day, in this ineludible situation of lockdown that we are in, someone decides to curate a challenge, just for fun, respite and diversion. Something that could enable people to get away from the boredom and of being cooped up at home.

This Dawdler creates the"Saree Challenge "and to quote this is how it is designed-

All too often women find it easier to criticize each other instead of building each other up, with all the negativity going around, let's do something positive!! Because you are beautiful!! Upload 1 "Saree clad "picture of yourself... ONLY you. Then tag more gorgeous women to do the same.

Now, I have seen so many people over the last week condemn, criticize, chastise and rebuke the women who have willingly been participating in the Saree Challenge. Of course! The killjoys this time are predominantly men.The social media space is flooded with cracks about how in the wake of this hauntingly monstrous tragedy, the Indian Women are saving the planet with the Saree challenge.

Let us stop with the jeering and heckling. In these times, women too are bound in their homes. Most are working from home, taking care of the children, coping up with their online schooling sessions and ensuring that four hot square meals are put on the table on time every single day. Don't even get me started on the ever changing menu because there are no order ins and take aways anymore. The absence of domestic help and the physically taxing household chores, all of this with mostly little help from those around. All of this and more, because you, the Man of the house is busy fighting the Corona pandemic sitting in front of the TV with a bowl of Maggie in your hands, that she just made for you and the kids a while ago. I find it amusing, that in spite of being so hard pressed for time (I mean sitting and commenting about the toll on human lives, that the virus has taken must be an exhaustingly important job) you are squeezing out time to comment on these challenges calling them puerile and idiotic. Your callous remarks and jokes about this are painting your own women to look like dimwits.

Let the women be! If they are enjoying this, let them. If it gives them a break from the monotony of the routine, let them.If it brings a smile on their faces to go hunting in their photo galleries for pictures of themselves clad in saree, let them. If the image brings back sweet memories of Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padva, Diwali, Karvachauth, Eid, Onam, Lohri, Navroz- let them!

We women are not insouciant or indifferent to the issue at hand. This is our way of dealing with the stress that the situation has brought upon us. Yes, posting pictures of self in saree is not going to drive the virus away or enable us to find a cure but neither is ringing bells or lighting candles. It is all about the spirit isn't it?

Once again-

उत्साहो बलवानार्य नास्त्युत्साहात्परं बलम् ।

सोत्साहस्य लोकेषु न किञ्चिदपि दुर्लभम् ॥

There is nothing bigger than the spirit of a person. A person with spirit can achieve the impossible and can withstand the most difficult of situations

Don't be sorry about the saree ladies:)

(Ladies please allow me to use your saree clad pictures on my blog. Just post a thumbs up on the blog page, I'll consider it as your permission, I would be honoured)

Much love

Vijeta Gawdi.

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