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Pillow Talk

Yes, there has been a long silence. And silence just does not go with my personality type. Ahem. There was an interim period of severe sickness. Relax, am not about to whine about that. I am just setting the context.

Sometimes the most taken for granted object in our life can actually be the one we are most attached to subconsciously. In my semi delirious state I realized that besides a constant supply of hot and sour soup and TLC, I badly wanted my childhood pillows with the exact pillow cases back in my life and my bed. The fluffy cotton filled pillows, slightly warm from being kept in the sun for an hour just like my grandma used to, diligently, during autumn and winter. The pillow cases were hand stitched, starched with the faintest smell of mothballs, pristine white with frilly sideburns and had dainty thread work.

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I have been scouting grandma special pillow cases; my search had not yet yielded results. After all where do they add dollops of love in the most mundane like the older generation did? But in that quest I have realised something. I have noticed that the-mostly-ignored-and-completely- taken-for-granted pillow cases a lot of times reflect the house owner’s personality like nothing else does! Look I may be the most humbug pop psychologist, but just humour me.

The ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ ladylike types prefer theirs in cotton, starched, mostly in pale mono coloured shades. Dainty patterns are included to add that delicate touch. Few of my friends who fall in that category have steadfastly refused to add any darker or brighter shade in their lives as they dream.

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The ‘always has an opinion and that too strong ones’ fluctuate between cotton and satin! Either Rin ki safeediwala pure white cotton ones or rich red satin/ velvet cases that accentuate the boudoir.

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Decorate every room with bright festive jewel tones

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Then there are the genuinely polite, ‘does-not-like-confrontation-much’ types. I have seen them go for neutral printed covers. They choose from the floral patterns, polka dots in faint shades, something nice and comforting. Nothing fancy, nothing stark, just pillow cases. I mean God, do we need to argue about that too?

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The ones who are tilted to adventures? And I am not referring to trekking and scuba diving here. Black, utterly captivating rich black satin will do. Or scarlet red. Or lush pink. Thank you.
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Then of course, there are the real innovative ones. They go for the quirky, out of box prints. And trust me they even find them.
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Ah the hippie Indie lovers – they have a choice of warli and madhubani prints, kantha stitch, bandhini and well many more truly reflecting the rich heritage of our vibrant motherland.
The nostalgia junkies like moi stick to kantha stitches and hand embroidered ones. Nothing like being surrounded by a bit of feel good personal history.

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Lastly there are those who do not care about environment, politics and considers ‘the can-die-for-what-I believe-in’ types as mad capers. They proudly showcase yellow and orange chequered bed spread with violet and pink flower patterned pillow cases resting proudly as mismatched as anything can be. I like this lot. Look, in their world it does not matter. You need a pillow? Tick. The pillow needs a cover? Tick. Sometimes life should be just like that.

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And then you have some like me, sweating it out to find the ‘right’ pillow case! As they say duniya mein pagalo ki kami nahiin hain. But I’ll carry my search; sceptics be damned. There’s something about the way they add to our lives, not just colour and aesthetics but comfort and care when it is most needed.

But then sometimes, if you have the right book, the right company and the right vista as you relax, nothing else matters :).
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Psst: Might we say the opinion expressed by the author are her/his own 😉 . But, really we are far more interested in knowing which category do you fall in 😛 !  Come on now, spill the beans people 😀  .