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Baggy Trends

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…


A two-bag man.. Why should women have all the fun?

Hum Do, Hamare Do

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While clicking this pic in a Metro train the other day, the first phrase that came to my mind was, “Hum Do, Hamare Do,” meaning in Hindi, “We Two, Our Two.”

This slogan has, in fact, always been associated with India’s population control campaign. In 1950, India became the first country in the world to take this up as a national priority, as it was widely accepted that benefits of national planning and development will all get frittered away if we become an overcrowded nation.

Our Population Control Program has not, however, been effective enough because of illiteracy, deep rooted customs and traditions, craze for male children, and lack of awareness of importance of family planning both among the leaders and common Indians. We might soon overtake China, the world’s most populated country.

It is often said that India would not have got its cricket hero Sachin Tendulkar if his parents hadn’t decided to produce a third child.  Many politicians who should have been role models have not done any family planning either. Notable examples are Narsimha Rao (8 children) and Lalu Prasad Yadav (9 children)

But, thank God, things are changing. Soon it will be a norm to debar people from contesting for public offices if they have more than 2 children. Special schemes for parents with single girl child are already in place and girls’ education is also being given a lot of importance these days. When you educate a woman, you educate the whole family and educated people tend to take the idea of small family size a lot more seriously than the illiterate ones.

Recently, In 2002, in Haryana, this slogan was further modified to “Hum Do, Hamara Ek” (We two, Our One) and several attractive schemes were begun to make the idea of a one-child family a viable option.

Well, small is better, I think, and, yes, “Hum  Do, Hamara Ek”  is the need of the hour for this great country of ours.

Jai Hind!