When Tarun Tahiliani, legendary couturier,  put the White Bindi on his entire crew, runway models and fashion week guests at Day 1 of the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week 2014 ... it made people curious as it did us !! ... The White Bindi is a symbol of protest against child marriage ... and No Child Brides is an initiative to create widespread awareness of the cause in partnership with the NGO Child Survival India .... The Facebook page of No Child Brides states statistics so chilling that we at DSB was compelled to request our readers to show support for this noble cause ... Consider this !! ... "Did you know 39,000 underage girls are forced to marry everyday …. India has the record of having the highest absolute number of child brides: about 24 million .... This represents 40% of the 60 million world's child marriages! .... Being forced into an early marriage ruthlessly ends any ambition, a young girl can have ... It is the beginning of a slew of problems that make life hell for them ... Getting exposed to domestic violence is just one of them ..... Child brides are 200 % more likely to be subjected to domestic violence .... According to Unicef, 47.3% of Indian girls are married by 18 years of age, and 18% are forcefully wedded by the age of 15 .... These marriages are often performed without the consent of the girls involved in the marriage. .... As long as families, communities and governments tolerate child marriage, motherhood in childhood will remain an everyday occurrence in developing countries, and girls’ basic human rights will continue to be violated .... We just can't accept this status quo anymore ... We must get our next government to make eradicating this social evil, an important part of their development agenda .... We started our campaign by asking women to sport a white bindi and raise awareness about the child marriage problem in India ... And now, thanks to good people like Tarun Tahiliani and his entire crew, our cause has reached the Lakme Fashion Week ... When we went to Tarun Tahiliani and told him about what we are doing, he instantly agreed to support our cause ... He made his entire crew, models and his guests, wear the white bindi ... It caught eyeballs, made the media curious, and most importantly, made everyone at the Lakme Fashion Week aware about the gravity of the child marriage issue in our country ... A lot of people have been asking us "Why the white bindi?" ... Apart from the fact that you will find all sorts of bindis at a bindi shop, but never a white bindi ... We feel its a simple way to stand out and stand up for a cause that really needs us to .... Infants born to child brides are 60% more likely to die in  their  first year !! .... India is home to 1/3rd of all the child brides in the world ... And despite making Child Marriage illegal in 2006, our government has done nothing to enforce these laws .... We think this is an inhumane violation of Human Rights and it’s high time we made our next government pay heed to the gravity of this pandemic."



Jacqueline Fernandez for Tarun Tahiliani LFW 14
Jacqueline Fernandez for Tarun Tahiliani LFW 14

Have you seen the Holi special movie release Gulaab Gang featuring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla? What a movie !! Though film critics are quick to point out all the imperfections in the story line ... for us Indian Women it is revolutionary on many counts ! ... For the young generation of urban India, for the first time we saw a movie poster with an all female starcast .... with the leading lady and villain, both happily married actresses of Bollywood .... For the first time, the spirit of Holi .... otherwise known as the most colourful festival of India ... was depicted with the colour of women empowerment ... all the colours of a multifaceted Indian woman, not just a cardboard stereotype !! .... No wonder, one of India's leading mall DLF Promenade, chose to have a special screening of the movie for a select group of women achievers, on the occasion of  Women's Day !! ... Here is the link to the movie .... At the cost of giving an opinion against the established film critics ... we loved it !! ... Therefore our style shoot is called Gulaab Gang (gulaab = pink) in deference to the pink saree clad women vigilantes of the movie.
Holi is a spring festival of India, celebrated on the Phalguna Purnima (full moon of the Spring or Vernal Equinox) ... here is the wiki link for our non Indian readers  :) .... As you will read if you follow the link .... there are many stories related to the origin of Holi ... however this is our favourite :
"In Braj region of India, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna, a Hindu deity. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as a festival of love. There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana, poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi" !! ..... So therefore this is our first Style post in a series on Holi celebrations, we present the colours of Holi with two mavericks from the Indian shopping scene .... accessories by the Queen of Indian Kitsch - designer Nida Mahmood .... and the most fun fast fashion  brand Forever 21 :)



Gulaab Gang Holi special
DIY Nida Mahmood Matchbox necklace


The Fashion Design Council of India has released the schedule for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014 dear readers. The five-day fashion event takes off from March 26-30, 2014 at Hall no. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This season of WIFW A/W’14 will witness the participation of 119 designers from a mix of leading, as well as upcoming designers from all over the country. As an Indian Fashion Blogger, we are so excited. Here is the the schedule infographic that you can download to your mobile for easy portability, and the official press release from FDCI.



Hall 18 Pragati Maidan Map
Map of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week


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