I was walking out of the house feeling ten feet tall – quite a feat for someone like me who barely stretches out five feet from head to toe. No, I wasn’t walking on stilts but in my new heels, this time slightly higher than the three-inch stilettos I normally love wearing and red, redder than red to grab your eyeballs. Yes they were my spanking new heels that I’d been eyeing for a while that I finally managed to get in my size. To celebrate my new shoes, I teamed them up with a new dress that I was particularly proud of because it was my first ever creation as a fashion designer. I’m not exactly a fashion designer, I’m actually just an ordinary person who imagines she’s a chef one day and comes up with a chocolate cake to die for, photographer the next with a photograph that would put Raghu Rai to shame, an artist who would give Ara a complex and on some days an assistant to Versace.
So this was my green chiffon bustier that flowed into a skirt, just skimming the top of my ankles to reveal those ever so gorgeous shoes! My hair bounced in curls around my shoulder, and with my slim, cross body handbag kissing my hips, I knew I was too overdressed for a walk around the colony. But this was not an ordinary walk, It was a trial run to see what effect my new look had on the world.
No sooner did I step out than the pesky dogs from next door began to bark. Not a good response I thought but didn’t let their yaps bother me. A few steps later a Maruti zoomed past and then a head came out turning around to see the vision it had just passed. Encouraged by this open response to my new look I marched on ahead, confident that I’d be turning more heads than just the one.
Old Mr.Pande who was watering his roses in the front suddenly put down the gardening hose and came up to the gate. ” Looking awful beta,” he said grinning and I was shocked. This was far from the compliment I was looking forward to! Seeing my bewildered expression, he fumbled and said, ” Sorry, I mean to say you are looking terrible!”
Now more shocked than ever, I was about to turn back in a huff when I heard his daughter say,”Papa you mean awesome isn’t’ it? And terrific ?”
“Yes, yes, indeed,” said the old man and looked gratefully at his daughter for covering up his gaffe.
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