Where have all the jingles of bangles gone?There are positively some traditional things about Indian culture. Our dress and certain things that sort of compulsorily go with such dresses.
Most importantly, the jingle of glass or some other (including metal) bangles, religiously worn by any girl above the age of ten, with either sari or half saris.
Today, we can only say, that " was" the tradition. Even in the North of India, the bangles were there alright, though the dress might have been a bit different. Even in a huge metro like Mumbai the local women were habituated to wearing the green glass bangles.
Today, since I have not visited that superb Metro for long, i dont know what is going on there. But in most of South India, including traditional parts of Andhra Pradesh, it is as good as gone.
College girls give only a thums down. None of them go anywhere near it. Jeans, or the churidhar are seen even in temples or weddings, sans the bangles.
Where did we change so much? Is the advent of the IT revolution to blame? Is there a cultural revolution of sorts, where the girls and the women say, "just forget it?".
At this rate, even the most traditional and hugely scientific "seemandham" which is a function to celebrate pregnancy and honor the women, in many communities across India, will be gone forever. May those women who are in their fifties will live to tell some stories about this important function, to their grandchildren.
What has happened, really?