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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Why do wimmen wear bindi?

For centuries, Indian wimmen have worn bindi, a red spot, on their foreheads. Although researchers believe that it has something to do with our religion, why wimmen indulge in forehead decoration is still a mystery.

Listen to Jignesh patel, a 7-11 owner self made entrepreneur here in the valley:
“See in Gujarati community here, when women get married; she brings with her a dowry. On her wedding night, the husband scratches off the red dot to see if he won a convenience store, a gas station, a donut shop, or a motel!”

6 Comments:

Blogger Anoop G said...

:)

its a symbol of "i-am-not-available"!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Bysakh said...

That was a good one!

Now if you want a scientific explanation, the sindhoor is believed to absorb very small amounts of ultraviolet rays and allow it to pass through into the head and smal amounts of ultra violet rays are supposed to be good for the nerves underneath. Source: Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage URL: http://www.iish.org/

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Dhanya said...

That was sthing which i nvr heard....hahhaa....Jignesh bhai's are always humorous....Bhindis are just a part of make-up...just to look good...If it gives scientific explanation of UV rays...then practically even men should try some ....wat u say?

6:01 AM  
Anonymous matt man said...

That so funny! When are we going to stop this scientific exploration game. This explanation brings back the sarcasm in "Bend It Like Beckham" to my mind (remember the actress explaining why one should eat with their hand and not with a spoon and a fork) - and of course the ecstatic laughter. We would have solved a lot of real problems afflicting our society if we had spent the same amount of time exploring those rather than trying to "scientifice" our heritage.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Yuva Thurkki said...

mat-ji,
dont agree with you. there could be some scientific explenation. besides 1.5 billion people need some jobs !

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Suhasini M said...

Payyans, Dont ascribe your views to the poor Gujarathi.

-Suhasini

8:54 PM  

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