Nine Hues of Celebrations

Nine Hues of Celebrations

I try to stifle a yawn but fail miserably. Thankfully, the microphone of the office laptop is muted. It’s been a long six months, and I miss the sprawling campus of my organization. 

Ting! The WhatsApp comes alive. I read the message.

How did I forget it?

Instantly, I toss my headset on the table and rush to the bedroom, taking my mobile with me. I open the wardrobe.

Do I have sarees in nine colours?

I curse myself for not buying the Jamdani from that exhibition. If only I had attended that relative’s wedding, I would have been the proud possessor of a beautiful Kancheevaram. I make a mental note to self. No more procrastination when it comes to a sale. Or accepting invitations.

Promise done, I take out five sarees with matching blouses and underskirts, three salwar kameez sets and one shirt dress. By this time, husband has smelt a rat. He comes rushing to the bedroom. 

“Are you angry with me?”

I stare at him, confused. Ah! “No, I am not a heroine from Bollywood. If at all I am furious, rest assured, I am not going to desert you and let you enjoy your newfound freedom.”

He heaves a sigh of relief. 

“Oh. I forgot. This is that time of the year again. That color-coded Navaratri. Remember last time?”

“Yeah, I do. But going out in these times…?”

“Who said anything of that sort? I will drape myself in these sarees and put up selfies in the WhatsApp group. Let’s enjoy within the confines of our home.”

I close my wardrobe when a thought strikes me. 

“Hey! I need to put a caption in Facebook every day. Any suggestion?”

Husband retorts, “dressed to the nines.”

Oops. Who says accountants do not have a sense of humour?


Rate this story/poem:

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 3.4 / 5. Vote count: 39

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this story/poem interesting...

Don't hesitate to share it on social media!

Connect with Penmancy:


Latest posts by Narayani Manapadam (see all)

3 thoughts on “Nine Hues of Celebrations

  1. A simple yet engaging story, simultaneously dealing with festive season and the restrictions imposed owing to Vivid 19.

Let us know what you think about this story.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

© Penmancy 2018 All rights reserved.
%d bloggers like this: