As the pages of the Bengali calendar flips over to 1424 ushering into yet another new year, it is that time to bring out the newness in you and all things around you.
As the coveted and celebrated poet Tagore composed to hail the arrival of Boishakh, the first month of the Bengali calendar –
”Come, come, come O Boishakh come upon us.
With your ascetic breath, dust away that which is dying
Be gone the refuses and remnants of the year
Let go old memories, let go forgotten melodies
Let teardrops vaporize and fade into the distant skies.
Wipe away weariness, eradicate infirmity
Bathed in fire, may the earth gain purity
Come and blow dry the bogs of confused emotion
Bring forth, bring forth and sound your conch of destruction
Be gone, be gone the misty webs of illusion.”
This Bengali new year for me and Team Onetimefashionista will be all about innovation and creativity. It will be all about pushing the boundaries and maximising whatever we are blessed with rather than anguishing over what we don’t have.
A reflection of this principle of creativity and innovation can be seen in this creation that I designed featuring a cream saree in Kota fabric with hand embroidery motif all over and red appliqué border in one side and pearl adorned golden lace trim border on the other side. (P.S. If you would like to get yourself one, please feel free to contact me. It’s a limited edition piece, exclusively created for the occasion in mind.)
The new year should be the time to pursue goals you want to achieve, by keeping focus as pointed as the red bindi I am wearing.
It should be the time to get your hands wet and dirty, if not in the alta that got my fingertips bright red, it could might as well be in the things you had been waiting to get done for too long.
This Bengali new year is the time to cross bridges to unknown experiences of life that you only saw from the other side but never thought to overcome. Take that first step to cross over and let the Pallu of your saree sweep away trivial dusts of regret and fear.
This is the time to give a competition with your own smile to the sun shining brightly behind you. With pearls of wisdom written above and as seen also in the edges of border of the saree I created, get into your diva avatar to embrace the spirit of Pohela Boishakh.
What Was I Wearing?
Saree by Yours Truly
Blouse Piece by Shabana Ali (cut & silhouette design by yours truly)
Red Potli Bag by Lovetobag
Necklace-Earring Set by TribebyAmrapali
Gold Bangles by TribebyAmrapali
Ring by TribebyAmrapali
Red Stone Studded Bangles from Kolkata New Market, India
Alta (Red liquid color in hand) by Ranga Jaba from Kolkata New Market, India
Hair & Make up by Yours Truly
Photo by Kats Films