What do you wear when sad?

A quick survey reveals something soft, shapeless and age-old. Just like you reach out for chocolates or for ghee-bhaat with boiled potatoes as comfort food when your spirits are sagging, you also perhaps reach out comfort clothes.

  • Published 6.09.18
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A quick survey reveals something soft, shapeless and age-old. Just like you reach out for chocolates or for ghee-bhaat with boiled potatoes as comfort food when your spirits are sagging, you also perhaps reach out comfort clothes.

It can a baggy t-shirt that has lost its shape and colour. Or a nightdress that looks so worn out that you are afraid it will disintegrate even if you look at it. Or it can be your old kantha, stitched by your grandmother or an old relative.   

It is because when we are sad, we feel alienated from a vital part of ourselves. That part we again look for. We look for memory, where that part still persists, and then we look for those things that hold that memory. We look for the people who make our memory, for our past, and for our feelings that we think make us.

We also look for old smells, which old clothes always have.

So next time you are sad, from one corner of your mind, watch out for what you are looking for in the wardrobe. It will tell you something about yourself.

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