Cat-calls and Policemen.
When Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah built the Charminar in 1591, I don’t think he realised that he was setting the tone for a one-of-a-kind establishment in the city. Around here, you can find everything- from fashion related products to household items to antiques!
The energy at the Old City is very busy. There are people everywhere. Most prominently, Muslim women wearing a black Burqa. I think it’s a good way to avoid being ogled at, especially if you’re young and beautiful like me (jokes). Nevermind, that’s the point of the Burqa anyway.
Now, always remember one thing, if you’re a female going to the Old City, please cover every inch of your body. You don’t want to hear comments like, “Ess Beby” (Yes Baby) and “Hi saxy” (Hi sexy) from random boys on speeding bikes. Don’t worry though, these are harmless youth who’ve either just hit puberty or have a wife and kids. You could take offense to their cat-calls, but I just go back home feeling like a sexy beast!
Since it’s probably safest to dress in a demure, slightly conservative manner at the Old City, I decided to go for a 3/4th sleeved Kalamkari coat which I designed years ago. I also threw on a linen dress from Cotton World and white trousers. For accessories, I layered a couple of neckpieces and a watch. I summed up the entire indo-western vibe I had going with my gold Kolhapuri slip ons.
If you’re remotely creative or artistic, Old City is your warehouse of inspiration. In the by-lanes lies the famous “Lad Bazar” where there are shops that sell the most vibrant Lac bangles and they’re gorgeous. Be sure to buy some to wear at the next wedding you’re invited to!
While we were shooting, a bunch of policemen thought I was an actress, fondly known as “heronee” (like heroine). I told them that unfortunately I haven’t got an opportunity to be one so I just upload my photos on social media, hoping that someday James Wan will cast me in The Conjuring-3.
Before we left, the policeman said something that made me think. He said that God gives us only as much as we can handle, so we must live within our means. What is meant to be, will be.
“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means”.- Calvin Coolidge