Of Mom & Distressed Jeans !!

"No sense of quality at all"

I could hear my Mom grumbling, charging towards me while I poured another serving of Dal-fry on my Pulao.

"Beta, what kind of clothes are you buying." The 'Beta' is of course a clever camouflaging technique that my Mother resorts to while subduing the impact of her outburst. 
"Look at this, it has ripped after ONE wash. Do you want me to stitch it?"

I calmly eyed the crumbled piece of my favorite blue jeans. Yes, it was ripped, at the
Source: Myers
thighs, because that's how I bought it.

"Ma, fashion hoi fashion ... it's called distressed jeans."

The look that my mom gave was definitely more 'distressing'. I don't know whether that was for the jeans or the fact that I was talking with a mouthful of rice.

"Fashion ne Phota-Kaani!!". She gave one last hopeless glance at my ever-smiling face and went back, probably contemplating if she could stitch it together without me noticing.

Phota-Kaani - in Assamese, technically it's a ripped cloth used to clean the floor. And if my mom had her way, my favorite clothing article would be mopping the poo poo and pee pee of my little cousin.

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Our understanding of fashion has never been the same. I still remember the first salwar Kurta that my mom had ordered for me. Her instructions to the tailor were clear and crisp.
"This is a 5 meter cloth. Use ALL of it to stitch a kurta for my 13 year daughter ... and don't waste a single centimetre". I have to say the tailor was pretty good at following instructions. The kurta was big enough to fit myself, my mom and her sister as well.

Oh even after all these years, we still joke about it !!


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20 comments:

  1. Hahaha! Can imagine you wearing that kurta! :)
    But that is how it is with our moms. They never have understood our fashion sense...and we will never understand the same about kids of the future generations. I remember, whenever I wore, or thought of getting something weird, my mum would ask me if I would be wearing it more than once. Sadly for me, my mum was right. Always! So I simply changed my style, making it more mom-friendly. :)) And it always worked!

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    1. hahaha I know what it's like to make every thing mom friendly :P I think I wore that kurt just once in my life :P

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  2. Hahaha! Can imagine you wearing that kurta! :)
    But that is how it is with our moms. They never have understood our fashion sense...and we will never understand the same about kids of the future generations. I remember, whenever I wore, or thought of getting something weird, my mum would ask me if I would be wearing it more than once. Sadly for me, my mum was right. Always! So I simply changed my style, making it more mom-friendly. :)) And it always worked!

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  3. Your jeans caused your mother to be distressed! Even though I'm 50 my mother tries to tell me what to wear!

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    1. hahaha I guess Moms everywhere are same :P They still think us as kids, no matter what age :P

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  4. Ha ha! Your post made me smile after a long day at work. I ca imagine you in that huge kurta. So funny :P What a light hearted post!

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    1. thank you so much Parul. Glad you liked reading it :D

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  5. Hahaha! I remember triple folding skirts and frocks. Someone said to me when I bought an overpriced Levi's jeans - yeh toh fati hue hai! :D

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  6. Hahahaha! My Mom had a cool fashion-sense, even though she was a bit conservative. She used to buy better clothes for me than I do! She also used to listen to Michael Jackson... back in the late 80s or early 90s (I don't remember exactly)!

    I have never quite understood the "distressed jeans" by the way. My first thought is always - "Oh he comes from a such a poor family that he doesn't have a decent pair of jeans." Then I remember it's "fashion". What I don't understand is why not just wear shorts! But if you talked to my sister, she'd firmly tell you not to pay heed to what I say when it comes to clothes.

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  7. hehe I can imagine! Ripped jeans are every mother's nightmare. That was a fun post to read. I was imagining you in that kurta that your family tailor stitched. What did you do with it?

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  8. The more distressed the Jean, the more pricey it gets:)

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  9. Ha ha Raj this is funny. All moms are really the same. I am now getting set for clothes wars with the kids preparing myself for some serious action even though I consider myself a liberal mom - but then who knows?

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  10. Ha ha ha...Phota Kaani. ROFL. I am sure that she would give you a strong nudge with her elbow when she knows the amount you spend on that distressed jeans. Moms will be moms. Hope that poor piece of cloth is still alive. ;-) A fun read indeed. :-D

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  11. Haha! The distressed jeans caused distress to your mom but this post made me smile. :) We need more light reads like this, Raj. :)

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  12. Hahahah! That was hilarious!

    I can so imagine my mom looking all distressed at my sense of fashion even now, just as I can visualize myself giving that same look to my daughter a few years down the line :D

    Mothers, I tell ya!

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  13. Haha! God, I can so relate to it! My Dad is just the same! :P

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  14. LOL. I am at a stage where I can relate to both- your mum and you.
    I remember my Ma instructing the tailor to avoid deep necks. And look at the stringy cholis girls wear today.

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  15. you are not going to beleive this BUt just a few weeks back I bought myself a Men's Distressed jean .. oh yes the big OLD grey haired ME.. :) I thought what the heck might well you only live once :)

    and I am yet to tell my Mum this .. she will go MAD I am sure ...

    Bikram's

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  16. My mother shook her head in despair at my clothes and I shake my head in despair at my daughter's. It's a mother daughter thing!

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  17. Haha! Just a few days back I was on Skype with my parents and they were happily surprised with the sweater I was wearing. One which I had been, for the last 15 years. Parents, bought such oversized clothes back then and we sure had no sense of fashion. Such economical they had to be no? Making us wear double our size kurtas,sweaters... ;)

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