Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I succumbed to straps

I finally succumbed to noodle straps. No, not the Mandira Bedi variety, but the ones that clothe our windows. The strap curtains, the kind you just buy off the shelf and hang up in a jiffy. No curtain rings, no visits to the tailor, no fuss. I always hated them, or maybe hated is too strong a word, I just didn't like them. I think one of the reasons was that they suddenly sprouted all over the place, in every shop and in every suburban flat. Reds, yellos, purples, India suddenly seemed to be in the grip of a colour riot. Plains, checks, textured finish, matching with bedspreads, cushions. Single people, bachelors, newly marrieds, they were all buying them en masse on Saturdays at malls and voila, their house, bought on a home loan, the EMIs paid by their salaries, was suddenly a home.
To me it meant no exclusivity. It was like a mass production line, and everyone had the same. Like tomato sauce or Maggi or sugar. Except, a home wasn't meant to be that, it was meant to be a reflection of your personality, a statement of your individuality, and each room and window was a chance to express your mood.
To me they spelt convenience, and a short cut. Somehow, I was always used to the regular, stitched curtains. You go to the shop, select the upholstery, measure your windows and then have the curtains stitched. Call it some sort of snobbery if you will but I think it has more to do with being house proud. With wanting to make that extra effort for your home, go that extra mile.
That was Delhi.
This is Mumbai. Here, when you have to shift homes in less than a month and you need curtains asap, and you're working, there is really hardly any time to go scouting for curtains, not to mention the patience required for it. And honestly, at some point you just give up. There are so many other, more important jobs to be done, and something's gotta give. And stitched curtains are far more expensive as well. In a rented home, do you really want to spend that kind of money, especially if you are moving every year?
So in my case, the curtains bore the brunt of the compromise. Off we went to Fabindia and after a first, unsuccessful trip -- both of us don't like the strap curtains -- we finally came to terms with them. So we picked a typical strappy curtain, in a textured beige, for the TV room, and a non strappy - Fabindia has a new variety which slides into the road but look Ma, no straps -- red, half sheer for our room. I like the colour, it makes the room look really cheerful, but hey I miss my regular, stitched curtains.


Blogger writer-in-egg-style said...

Hmmmm: is a spaghetti window such a strapdash "compromise"? For one, it IS hip, I'd say. For another, unless spaghetti reminds you of mindless slurps, the vertical format can be quite a mesmeric sight (certainly more than venetian blinds for example), and if it's red blurring into beige/buff or whatever, it'd be rather transcendental in effect, I'd imagine... by the sound of it, you'll be enchanted slowly but surely once you're past the instant-reaction phase and relaxed enough.

Agree, by the way, that artistic taste is something money can't buy (for everything else, there's a brand with an overlap logo)

16 June, 2006  
Blogger n.g. said...

i was talking to a delhiite the other day who maintained that in bombay one doesnt get bang for his buck. he pointed out that bombay has everything you want, but you just dont have the time patience and ultimately the inclination to dig it out from where its at. whether its your dream house or a saucepan or a 29 inch TV or cups and saucers or furniture or in your case curtains, our man delhiite maintained that one has to settle for something and then grow into liking it.

24 June, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it dont clash, is good. saw that in HT

29 June, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This TOI city. TOI has something else today I saw

30 June, 2006  
Blogger Mukta said...


well, on my trip to Delhi, everybody had the jute/cane blinds. So much for distinction.:-)

Enjoy your blinds nevertheless.

I like your blog, by the way. :-)

31 July, 2006  
Blogger InExile said...

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04 October, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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07 October, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




So much to think of, so little time.

15 November, 2006  
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28 November, 2006  
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27 December, 2006  
Blogger writer-in-egg-style said...

When are you going to succumb to blog-allure?

24 January, 2007  
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