Some time back I went to a local temple wearing a salwar-kameez that was predominantly black in colour. Now the dress was neither flashy nor inappropriate. As soon as I entered the sanctum, I could sense a few prying eyes including those of the sashtrigal(pandit) performing puja. But thankfully he didn't tell me anything . While circumambulating the temple premises an older woman came to me and told me - 'this is a holy space. so please don't wear black'. I was tongue tied. While my mind came with a few responses, I couldn't mouth any and I simply turned and fled home. The matter is a few months old but is still fresh in my mind and I only pity the society we live in. Now tell me ---
- Why do we judge a person on the basis of what he/she wears ? This in turn extends to all forms of intolerance and discrimination in terms of caste, creed,sex, colour of skin;
- Temple of all places is supposed to accept people as they are, irrespective of how they look or what they wear. Then why the intolerance and prejudice ? ;
- Respect for the sanctity of the place must stem from the heart and not from what coloured cloth we wear. Don't you agree ?
- Who decides that a particular colour is pure and another is impure? I wear whichever colour holds my fancy and shouldn't that be the case ? ;
- A friend advanced a theory that probably wearing black must be assumed to represent my state of mind. For record, I was neither ecstatic nor depressed the day I chose to wear black. In fact, the dress is one of my favorites and was worn precisely for that reason. So why are our perceptions clouded and subjective ?
- If wearing white for instance is supposed to mean pure then the whole bunch of our conniving politicians must surely be the holiest lot. Since that is not the case, isn't the argument of colour representing our state of mind simply fake ?
- Black is usually associated with 'dark' , 'night' , 'evil' or mourning but it is not always the case. It can also mean elegance, sophistication and restraint. Don't judge anybody by appearance, it can be deceptive.