It is quite fashionable for working women in Delhi NCR these days to carry 2 handbags on their way to work. The second bag is generally an ordinary, worn out jute bag in which food and water is kept, like the one you see in the pic on the top.
For the more aesthetically inclined, the second bag is a vehicle of creative self-expression (see below).
When and how did this 2-bag trend originate from?
Way back in 1989, when I began my career, our purses, generally speaking, used to be much smaller and one used to be enough. We used to carry home-made food in little steel boxes that could be easily accommodated in these purses. I never kept a water bottle in my purse because clean drinking water was easily available. ROs, filters, and bottled water were not in use yet. The mobile phones too were not there.
In 1997, my job profile changed and I needed to carry a lot of miscellaneous items to office. So I bought a big DKNY leather hand bag for myself. When I brought it to office for the first time, a colleague made a tongue-in-cheek remark,”Couldn’t you find a bigger hand bag?”
So, based on my own experience, I conclude that the current trend of carrying two bags began with the end of 20th century. The first person who started this must have done so for two reasons. a)Redistribution of load into two bags helps in minimising weight on shoulders and preventing neck pain.
b)Avoid spilling of food and liquids into important documents.
c)Add a touch of elegance: When you carry all the little steel and plastic lunch boxes inside a separate bag and saunter with it into the office dining area, you do feel very graceful and aristocratic.
If you look closely, you will notice that lots of men too carry 2 bags to work these days…
Here are some more pics..
A picture of creative expression…