Before I left to London, it was always a wish to gift Ammachi something special.
She always said that only until I was a woman, I would wear sarees. Inspired by the photograph in her dining room, I always wanted to wear her sarees and be photographed in them, just like the way she believed a woman should be. That included pursed lips, a subtlety in a smile and a very naked face. She totally hates the concept of hair let down, and I always recollected her long braid curled into into a bun. I picked up the sarees from her wardrobe and some of the date as old as 40 years. I visited some of the most important places in her life, starting from the rivers of in my grandfather’s hometown to the first house she moved into after marriage, Broadway market, the current ancestral house and finally our house. The final photograph is special to me because she draped the saree for me and gifted me the pearl necklace.
She always said that only until I was a woman, I would wear sarees. Inspired by the photograph in her dining room, I always wanted to wear her sarees and be photographed in them, just like the way she believed a woman should be.
I would like to thank Dennis Antony for photographing me, especially at such short notice. Knowing how afraid I am of cameras, he still took it up, for knew how much the story meant to me. He consciously also clicked them in monochrome to recreate my grandmother’s photographs. Megha Menacherry was the biggest darling when it came to draping my sarees swiftly and also helping us get through the traffic - infested city in her speedy scooter. Finally my mother, Ammini aunty, and Reshmy aunty who are the true storytellers.
Run parallel, meet at intersections, skip a few lines, the line of thought has journeyed across a few latitudes and longitudes. To more miles before the big sleep. Cheers, Atheena
Its been a journey from being a young soul where I have felt only love but unaware of its importance in my life I searched for love all over and only felt pain, scars and reality but never true love I still keep searching.
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