Memories...Me, Wildlife, Music, Sarees...
I think this was 1975.
This photograph was taken by
Ahmed Ali </a>
a professional photographer who was
….to be circulated, along with my horoscope, for “matrimonial purposes”.
I felt that it wasn’t ME at all…I’d never leave my hair loose like that, or use even that much of make-up. I was so innocent, that I never realized what a high-profile photographer had taken my portrait!
Ah, the days when I was young….and by the way, that saree I’m wearing in the first photograph was one of two that were bought for me the previous year…this one fell apart, but I still have the other one…and I do remember that this one cost Rs.90 in Nalli’s of Mylapore!
I also remember, this was just after one of my first few music concerts, when I was professionally rated to have an excellent voice, and
asked my parents if they would like to promote me in a musical career…they refused! Music, they felt, should be a hobby and not a profession. I wish I’d had the ability to insist…