Are old fashions coming back in various formsSometime in January 2021, I attended a wedding. Corona virus daily infection figures were down. None wore masks in public.
It was a huge marriage hall. To my surprise, I saw all the old fashions and the men and women seem to be making statements on that. While the more dashing of them were happily wearing the most fashionable sleeveless blouses, the all-time favourite of the "puff sleeves" complete with Kanchipuram sarees and arms full of glass bangles, that resemblws the good old 1970s, were there for all to see.
And the men sported the side locks of the 1990s. At least ten men (all not more than 40) wore ear-rings in both ears. This used to be the norm of most Tamil Brahmins in the semi-urban areas in the 1960s. There were the US settled guys who were so happy wearing the traditional dhothi, but the side locks resembled the guys of the 1980s.
Are we really seeing a revival of old fashions? Are we going back to some traditions? Is soirituality back in some way, as those men who were ear-rings in both ears seemed to be deeply religious as well.
Ditto for another wedding conducted recently with just around 60 people. The link shows a good repeat of whatever I had seen in Chennai. The question is: are we, now tired of the rat race going back to tradition in one way or the other? Or is it just an one-off event that sometimes happens just like that?