For a while now, I have been thinking of adding the ‘Fashion & Lifestyle’ section to my blog. I have had so many moments, especially in the recent past, where I would go ‘Ooh, I could talk about this in my blog or I could share these interesting tips with others’, only to realize later that they don’t fall under any of the categories that I have been writing about currently in my blog, whether it’s real life stories/fiction or even music blogs. I guess, I wanted to feel comfortable in the blogging world before expanding my horizon to include an unfamiliar world, that’s exciting and daunting at the same time.
And I also didn’t want to sacrifice my storytelling. Hence, as we navigate through the new waters of fashion & lifestyle in my blog, I would also like to make sure to add a healthy dose of storytelling, because as Walt Disney once said, ‘A good story can take you on a fantastic journey’.
As soon as you open my blog, the words ‘Malenadu Hudgi’ greets you in bold letters. Non-Kannada speakers, ‘Hudgi’ means girl. And ‘Malenadu’ is the region that covers the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats in India. It’s known for its abundant rainfall and for being flora and fauna rich. As you might have surmised by now, I am from Malenadu/Malnad. So, for my very first post in ‘Fashion & Lifestyle’, I felt that I should pay homage to my roots, because for me, Malenadu is not just a dot on the map, it’s an emotion.
Wearing Amma’s saree that’s older than me. It still manages to evoke the same sense of beauty that it used to 30 years ago. Though I am not as comfortable in a Saree as I am in a dress, I have to admit that no other piece of clothing is as flattering on a woman’s figure as a Saree. I am yet to come across a lady who doesn’t look good in a Saree!
I have always felt inspired by the strength and an innate gracefulness that a malenadu woman exudes. Whether it’s my Amma or aunts or cousins or even others from Malenadu, they carry themselves with such poise and have such an elegant taste in clothes, that’s independent of trends, that it prompted me to change my blog’s name to ‘Malenadu Hudgi‘ from ‘the phoenix girl‘, hoping that I would imbibe some of that elegance in my wardrobe choices as well. I am sure that you, readers, would have similar sentiments about your hometown and its people.
Everyone has their own dressing style, and this diversity in the sense of style only adds to the beauty of the world. Through my ‘Fashion & Lifestyle’ section, I hope to share my style with you all, and also discuss various fashion trends, skincare, beauty and more with you. Join me as I explore this world in my upcoming posts.