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HUNGAMA.

As she wrapped her sari, I sat enchanted in the bathroom doorway Patiently waiting for her to ask me which bindi she should wear The tear drop one, definitely the tear drop.

I sat there knowing what nail polish would go perfectly I just had to wait for her to ask. It had to be the deep red, not the bright red. She would turn to me and ask how she looked I would reply, “You look like Aishwarya “.

I was ten and I had the answers for her, but not the answers for me. The adoration of my culture was instinctual. Who can deny the colours, the magic, the beauty, the opulence? It was something I needn ‘t dream about, as it was displayed before me on the silver screen of Bollywood. Romance, passion, dancing, and love.

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