Friday, July 27, 2012

I pierced my nose

I pierced my nose - Declaring independence for the second time. Nobody in my family has ever done that before. ( I think I am doing several things which they could not even dare to think in the wildest of their dreams).I was born as a Christian. I really do not know whether the society insists or not, there is unwritten law that if you are a Christian you need to adhere to certain dressing codes. Applying 'Kajal' and wearing ' Bindi' are of course out of the question. Hence 'Piercing nose' – an emphatic ' No'. Many regards and still regards all these as something done by Hindus ( those who follow the religion of Hinduism). Perhaps, that might be the reason why my ' Mum' asked “ Is there any Hindu guy I am seeing” - I said “ Mum, I did this because I wanted to do it for a long time.”


When I decided to cut my hair ( my first declaration of independence ), I did not inform my parents. Now too, I did not inform them for I knew their first reaction would be an emphatic ' No'.

I had always wanted to pierce my nose. But could never bring myself do it as I was confused about how to do it. Whether I should go to a beauty parlour or rather resort to a gun shot piercing, which is painless or else go for a goldsmith which is painful but the hole would be healed quickly.

I could not opt the former as I had real bad experience with it. I did pierce my ears to put ' second earrings'. But the hole was not healed even after 5 years and I had to take it off. Hence I thought, this time I would opt for a goldsmith ( As per the tradition here, we have goldsmiths to pierce ears and nose). But it is really painful. Somehow I mustered courage to go to him.


I went to a jewellery shop and bought a gold nose stud (It is called 'Mukkuthi' in my language). It was tiny. The shop owner warned me that it would be a bit
small for my nose but I did not pay heed to him. I did not want to spend more on it. I told ' Thattan', the gold smith not to show any of the instruments with which he was going to pierce my nose.

To my surprise, nothing happened as I imagined. It took just 5 seconds and not too much pain, just two drops of tears from my left eye ( I pierced my right nose).

But the piercing saga did not end there. When I woke up in the morning. I could not find my nose stud. As its top portion was too tiny it went inside the hole and got stuck there.
I again had to rush to the gold smith. Since its top portion was inside, it had to be pulled out from below. Very painful......That did not deter me from having another mukuthi and wearing it. I bought another one which suited my nose. To my shock,
the goldsmith could not put it. Hence he had to pierce my nose again with the same nail. This time I saw it. There was pain, pain and only pain. But all ended well. I am happy. When my parents saw it they instantly liked it. And I knew for the first time that if you have the will, biggest pain can become very small. You should have a heart to convince you that everything is going to be all right. Then the pain becomes music.


15 comments:

Catherine Miller said...

I pierced my nose a couple of years ago with my best friend. I watched her get hers done first and it was not a good idea, because then I knew exactly what was going to happen when I had mine done. Oh, it hurt! I'm so impressed you got it done twice, I can only imagine the pain. And I love it, it looks amazing!

Shalet Jimmy said...

Thanks a lot....Catherine....It's been long since we talked...

Priya Shankar said...

wow. you are very pretty!!!!

also, i was just looking up your blog and I saw your interview... I couldn't believe that you had cited my blog, and it was so sweet. I really can't wait to keep writing, and that small bit of encouragement goes a long way.

Love,
Pri

Shalet Jimmy said...

Thanks Priya....I would love to stalk your blog, always....:D

Medeia Sharif said...

I don't see it too much where I am, but I like the look of a pierced nose. It sounds painful, but you look great.

Anonymous said...

coool...it looks so pretty tat it suites your face...i appreciate ur courage for doing it twice and also for not giving up your simple and small wishes like this by your fear or by hearing others opinions. now days nose piercing is so common in all religions and youngsters taking it as a fashion statement.. nothing wrong in doing this...i think that if ur pierced spot is little more forward on that curve of ur nose it looks more beautiful and attractive. any way u have done tat. nothing can be done now..your nose really suits that...have fun with your new outfit...Keep Rockin..

Happy Kitten said...

Long time since I commented.. this is just to let you know that the mukkuthi suits you.. a beautiful Malayali lass.

Ani said...

Aaah this reminds me of the war I had with my folks when I decided to get my nose pierced.You look great with the mukuthi :)

Shalet Jimmy said...

Thanks a lot....

Anita said...

It's beautiful. It adds to your femininity.

I am Christian and you're right... not many practicing Christians pierce their noses; though younger Christians are beginning to express their freedom as the general population does.

When I was 15, a friend and I glued a stone onto our noses to pretend we had a piercing. lol

I glad you have the look you want now and learned along the way during the process. :)

Anonymous said...

I pierced my nose couple of years ago. I also got it done in a local jeweler shop. I love wearing my diamond nose stud. It looks good.
Madhuri

The Happy Whisk said...

Congrats on the nose earing. Oh wait, that would be just nose ring. No ears required.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

caterpillar said...

Dear God, You're a brave girl!!! I'd never have had the guts to do it the traditional way.....I went with the gun shot....:)

Anonymous said...

You look gorgeous with that mukuthi ! Its as if it "belongs" to every south Indian girl's face just like kajal and bindi do.

Anonymous said...

Let me just say I was a different boy growing up. In 2000 at 17 I got my ears pierced. Nose piercings were a rage among college girls at that time, and my sister got hers pierced. I told my mom and she grew mad at me. I threw a fit and got it pierced with a diamond. It got infected, and I got spoken to by mom. II then got the left side pierced. I had a nice diamond mookuthi collection. I got bored of my piercings and let them close. Nice writeup :)