A service business that is booming...Once upon a time, that is, some 45 years ago, we would come together to spend over 25 days in our ascestral home in a lovely village near Kumbakonam, a nice temple town in South Tamil Nadu. One routine activity of all girls, that is, any girl between thr age of seven and even eighteen would be to apply Mehendi on both their hands and fingers. However, the hands would not have the Mehendi at all. Only the palms and fingers would have a red color and then there will be a lit bit of shopping to buy the four or five variety of glass bangles from thr nearest town. The Mehendi tree was there aplenty. We have four of them.the cost: zero.
Cut to 2020. My daughter s engagement is round the corner. Cost is never the issue. A full army of professionals and their contact numbers and even websites are given to get the ultra modern version of Mehendi done. Finally, a professional charged Rs3500/-, with a firm warning that the mehendi should not be washed for eight hours. The transport cost is another Rs200/- since the professional has managed to come from her home some six hours away on a day, when it has heavily rained in most parts of Chennai.
One is told that to get this done( the process takes a full three to four hours) , some professionals charge Rs10,000,/-. There are takers for this amount too.
Times have changed. Professionalism has set in everywhere. This service is booming all over.