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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fancy Bottles

Mornings are exhilarating as well as challenging - Getting up at 5, making breakfast and lunch, cleaning the house, getting ready, rushing to catch the bus and then, hopping on a Mumbai local to reach office by 8.30-9.00. Exhilarating! (ya, I am sort of short of words today.)


If it isn’t obvious, I love my morning routine, to the point of obsession. But if you notice carefully, there is a crucial element missing here - looking presentable. Everyone who has known me for a while (or has seen me before 1100 AM) knows that that is not one of my priorities. Woes betide the day the comb touches my hair before 8 AM in the morning. It’s a miracle that I brush my teeth or take bath at all.


Yesterday, I decided to change that. I got up slightly early (04.57), completed the rest of the work and got to work. I combed my hair with a vengeance, wore earrings, put on some eye liner and stepped into my pointy heels. As expected, just before leaving, I realised a crucial mistake – the moisturiser! So, I rushed back in, got one of these fancy bottles my sister had given me and generously applied it.


Needless to say, I missed the bus. To top that, some of the said fancy cream had got into my eyes, making the bystanders wonder why I was crying for missing a 10-minute frequency bus (On an unrelated note, I have bawled my eyes out on missing a train which had a 5 minute frequency.) I got in the next bus with tears streaming down my cheeks, got in the train with half-closed eyes ( with a lady gently patting my back in sympathy), and walked to office with heads down trying hard to not let the pain show. (and before you ask, no, I don’t carry water, tissue paper, wipes, or other useful things).

Finally, I reached office, rushed to the washroom and cleaned my eyes. The pain abated almost immediately, but I was furious – at all these cucumber-green tea containing, sexily-named creams which don’t take sensitive eyes into consideration. What sadistic, maniacal person would have created such a monstro………..

As it turned out, the ‘cream’ was actually a shower gel. I had travelled for 1.5 hours with soap applied on my face, hands and legs.

Suffice to say, the Project: looking presentable has been indefinitely postponed.

9 comments:

antbrain said...

Haha!! This seemingly minor inconvenience should not discourage you from such a grand project da! ;)

Enjoyable post! :)

Trivial Encounters said...

Now that's the Archie I know :)

Anupama Srinivasan said...

Hahaha!!!
Funny post!

Sandeep said...

Reminds me of one who brushed with the shaving gel :P

Anonymous said...

Reality of a working mom.... once i ended coming to work with diapers in my bag... i put them instead of packing my snack......

Archana said...

Thanks.. I guess! You'd think that all the lather that came while washing would have clued me in.. but no.

Sandeep: Shaving Gel? Haha - that would have been interesting!

Kunal Chandra said...

You are lucky it wasn't raning and you did not get drenched.... :)
To be honest I to this day struggle to make sense of some lotions particuarly in fancy bottles in fancy hotels.
And I was once tricked into brushiing my teeth with shaving cream too by one of my cousins. And once I remember mistakenly using face wash for shaving cream and then grumbling why is there no foam.... But yours has to be the best.....

Archana said...

Kunal! Looks like you and I are on the same boat about ignoring the labels! Facewash for shaving cream - hahaha!!

Archana Chari said...

Ha Ha!!! You are awesome :) I love this post.