Thursday, September 9, 2010

My green chaddar

This post is not inspired from Ruskin Bond's The Blue Umbrella. I couldn't find another word for chaddar, you will understand as you read on.

The hero of this post is my green chaddar. It came to my life some 7 years back, and its not any normal chaddar i.e bedsheet/bedcover nor is it some blanket, it is actually two cotton saris stitched together, these saris belonged to my grandfathers' sister and she did the work. Its a plain good old green, but i dont reckon theres any cloth softer than it. I have slept with it since the day I got it, through summers , winters ,rainfalls. Its a bit tattered now, but I love it nonetheless.

It provides the perfect warmth and even in summers feels nice. I think the softness comes from being used by a woman who is as soft as a feather, a drop of vaseline cream, a mound of softy.She's no more but her touch remains. It feels nice.

Earlier I used to sneak it in my suitcase, when we'd go on a trip. Well the first time around my dad said 'The hotel staff will throw it away with the morning rubbish'. I was adamant. It goes where I go. Resort ho ya hotel, I've taken it with me, coz when I have it, sleep comes easily.

You might think why this silly post about attachment to a non-living thing.

I"ll be leaving home in about a month, and will of course smuggle it with me, and it will remind me of all the times I've slept in peace, in worries, in half awakened sleep.... in my home.

BTW time for a Mom Dialogue:

Mom: oh I will miss you too much
me: ma you are doing as if I'm getting married!
Mom: That would've been better *sob*
me: WHAT!!
Mom: at least there are no fixed no. of holidays in a marriage .

Slowly the realization is dawning that I may after all miss home. home cheez hi aisi hai :)However , my green chaddar will remain with me , as a lil reminder, of things that made up 'home' & I really hope that we stay together ,always.


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Andy said...

It's a chaddar of reassurance, isn't it? I know the feeling of having one... :)
I LOVE the way you try to be truthful. :) I'm trying too. :)

Mads said...

I liked andy ka comment...
And yaar cute post. bachpan mei even i had a green towel lol :P which i used to drag around all the time...

sentimental attachment specially with the way it was made =) awww it is :)

and about leaving home..enjoy while the pampering lasts..welcome to the real world. good luck che :*

The Furobiker said...


I'll try 2 be truthful said...

@ Mohammed Ibrahim

Thank you :)

reassuarance chaddar :) I like the term ..

I like her comment too :)
green towel hehe :) haan yaar, home sweet home .... <3

@Abhishek Khanna

Resurgence said...

Gal... a very good post and a very touching topic... We all have a set of things very close to our heart... I'm also attached to one of my chaadars but there are many more things I would insist to have when I am at home... my brother would only sleep on his pillow... As children, I and my cousins would fight for a very elegant thali (plate) and an odd (to me it was the most precious thing in the world)looking tumbler (glass) whenever we were at my grandparents place... the memories of those good moments will always be with me... :)

BTW, congrats for getting the job... Welcome to the harsh realities of world but its a sacrifice one has to give to make a mark of oneself... :)... Njoy and best of luck... :)

Amrita said...

Awwww.... take care.. it ws such a suuueeeet post.. if the chaddar reads it, it will real happy :)
jokes apart, good luck on the job front amu. Wheres work taking u to? very far from home? and keep visiting home. Ghar cheez hi aisi hai... even I miss it terribly. K says its my part time job is missing huh... :D

vanilla sky said...

Well, its actually 'katha' you are talking about :)
Gone are those days when grandmas and other elder ladies would stitch their saris to make such stuffs which stays with us from our childhood to these days. I too have several of them back home and I prefer them to bedsheets while sleeping :)

I'll try 2 be truthful said...

Thanku, I just hope that the reality wont be too harsh :)..
Yes there are some 'things' albeit of low monetary value, but of great emotional value, more so coz' they remind us of a time gone by.

The chaddar makes me happy, and this will make it happy :)
yes am going away ... thanks for the wishes :)


Yesssssssss its a katha, ami naam ta bhule gechilam. they are soft yaar, prefer them anyday to any other sort of cover.

-blessed holy socks, the non-perishable-zealot said...

Whoa. Gotta lotta Izods, girl. Hey, you, gorgeous… Meet me in Heaven, girl, where I can kiss your adorable feet; then, for a BIG-ol, party-hardy celebrating our resurrection for eons and eons: fulla luvin, nekk’n, caress’n, dance’n, float’n, and whatever else you can think of. I’d hate to be without you for the length of eternity, girl. Few can handle the truth anymore in this super-silly-ous dayNage when the world is whorizontal and most of U.S. believe in relativism of the superficial; sad how few ‘git-off’ this world - most only ‘git-off’ doing their Weiner schnitzels. Do you have the bawls to meet this sinfull mortal beyond the clouds? Only 2 realms after this finite existence… and 1 of ‘em ain’t too cool. God bless you.