Who am I?
What is this blog about?
What do I do?
If your mind is brewing all these questions, calm it down!
Head to the kitchen, brew yourself a cup of coffee and come back for the answers. Go, I am waiting.
Alright, here are your answers- I, am Nid. .. wait!
We haven’t met before, so let me make it different for us.
Let’s time travel.
I will walk you through some incidents of my life and by the end, you may have known a little about me.
Zoom into the past then.
The late 1990s
Playing hopscotch, pakdam-pakdai, chhupan-chupai; slurping ice-lollies and watching TV shows (Aahat, Cartoon Network- the original one, Dekh Bhai Dekh etc.) are my fondest memories of the 90s.
Life was simple, easy-going and breezy except when it came to keeping up the appearances, quite literally there.
I was/am dusky. A natural sun-kissed warm skin tone that to foreigners may look exotic, I wasn’t the textbook definition of an Indian beauty and I was made aware of that.
I was advised to be anointed with a mixture of Besan+Haldi+Dahi in a desperate bid to whiten my skin by ‘well-wishing’ aunties.
I was smeared with it. Besides my chickenpox scars healing, there wasn’t any skin whitening.
Those aunties came up with fairness creams in their defence. The less I say about them, the better.
The early 2000s
I have always haad long, jet-black hair courtesy my mother (genes, after all).
Being totally oblivious of them then, my hair became a high-rise apartment for lice. Ugly, pesky, blood-sucking insects… my fingers went Spartaaaa on my scalp round the clock.
To my rescue, my mother and paternal grandmother stepped in. With experts at work, lice had to bid me goodbye.
By now, some kids around me began displaying their shallowness.
Name-calling began in school with ‘Kaali Mata’ or ‘Kaali Billi’, I would say it didn’t affect me. In that case, I’d be lying.
Occasionally, I gave it back to them but it shattered my confidence and self-esteem. Add to that, TV adverts… and fairness creams forayed into my life. Again.
Confidence score- Nearing zero.
The late 2000s
In a desperate bid to justify my existence, I set on a mission to ace academics and sports simultaneously. And I did.
I won’t go into the details of what all I aced but the takeaway was that during that period, I had achieved far more confidence-boosting titles than what those kids collectively did.
Confidence scale- Soaring.
The early 2010s
Years passed by and my long hair became longer. I could see people gawk, gasp and desire them.
I could also see their displeasure over why I am not doing anything to rid myself off my darkness.
By now, I realized the significance of the finger lying between my index and ring fingers. I have two hands. That makes it two of ‘those’ fingers.
The turning point
Meanwhile, a number of my aunts had undergone the trauma called hair re-bonding; some even thrice.
As a last-ditch effort to have more hair on her head than what I had on my legs.
I am not a polar bear. She didn’t have enough hair to flaunt, one of aunts who you may call P, turned to me.
Enter Ms. D-I-Y Devi (read: me).
From curd to Ayurvedic powders, from freshly plucked flowers to fruits, I had vowed to do the best I could with P’s hair on the condition that she won’t slit my neck if nothing works.
I was dedicated but realistic too. P’s hair had been re-bonded thrice!
Honestly speaking, they were lifeless. Never the less, I continued.
To my surprise, a few months later her hair and scalp started restoring to life.
Nowhere close to Rapunzel’s thick tresses but after a year and a half of going au naturel, today she has hair that she is finally at ease with.
She doesn’t hesitate in throwing bouquets at me. I am not complaining either.
She was my first patient, more so lab rat. Since then, I have become the unofficial Hair (and of late, Skin) Expert of my kin.
Why did I start Glamorganicdesi?
On a whim!
One fine day, laziness broke up with me.
What will you see here?
1) All-natural recipes that will reduce your trips to the nearby cosmetics store and save you oodles of money
2) My experiences with products that fall in the same category.
3) Anything & everything that celebrates being Indian, or Desis in the larger context.
What will you NOT see here?
- Promotion of fair skin
- Fairness products
- Skin whitening
- Skin lightening
- How to get white/pale skin tips etc.
On that note, welcome to my virtual home – Glamorganicdesi
In love & gratitude, always