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Valaikappu/Godh Bharai – An Indian Baby Shower Function – Know Everything

Baby shower as the name dictates is a ceremony where the expectant Mother and not to forget dad-to-be, is showered with abundant love, blessings and gifts from their close family circle and friends. Interestingly this pregnancy ritual in India is an age old practice, where prayers are offered for a healthy baby and mother and also for her happy delivery and motherhood.

A period when mom-to-be is made to feel extra special and pampered royally. It is considered to be a women only social gathering, and is celebrated during the third trimester and before the arrival of the child. 

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Baby shower a.k.a Godh Bharai in different parts of India

Though Baby shower is observed across the world in different traditions and different names, the essence remains the same. As we narrow down to a Hindu tradition, following are the names observed across different states depending on the community they belonged in India:

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  • In northern India it is known as Godbharaai, in western India, especially Maharashtra, the celebration is known as Dohale jevan, and in West Bengal and Odisha it is called Saadhroshi.
  • In southern India, in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh it is called seemantham, valaikappu or poochootal.
  • In Karnataka it is called seemanta or kubasa.
  • In coastal Karnataka, especially in Tulunadu (Tulu speaking region), the ceremony is also known as “baayake”.
  • In Gujarat, it is known as seemant or kholo bharyo.
  • In Jain tradition, the baby shower ceremony is often called as “Shreemant”
  • In Kerala it is known as pulikudi or vayattu pongala’, and is practiced predominantly in the Nair community.

Ideal time to have a Valaikappu/Godh Bharai

Each community has their own reason for a perfect time for the ritual. A valaikappu or godh bharai is usually celebrated after the completion of the seventh month of pregnancy. Then, the baby and the mother are believed to be in the safest phase. Hence a 7th or 9th month of the trimester is considered ideal for a Baby shower.

Valaikappu in Tamil Nadu

Traditional Belief from Generation to Generation:

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Valaikāppu is a sacred ceremony and must be performed on an auspicious day. This tradition involves a poochootal, were the mom-to-be is decked with fresh flowers on her plated hair. It is usually celebrated on the 3rd or 5th month of pregnancy. These days poochootal is done on the same day of Valaikappu. 

Valaikappu also known as Bangle Ceremony is celebrated to ensure that the child feels safe inside the womb, when it hears the clinking sound of the glass bangles worn by the mom-to-be. During this ceremony the mother brings seervarisai (gifts arranged on a big round plates) for her daughter. Gifts from clothes, jewels, fruits, sweets, dry fruits, coconut, betel leaves and nut and also household items are presented.

Ritual Observance:

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The ritual starts with a vedic and powerful mantras being recited for about an hour. These mantras give a solid state of mind in preparation for the child’s birth and also sufficient strength to the child in the womb for a healthy and smooth delivery. After the recital, the pregnant woman is allowed to have a holy water bath.

Followed by which she and her husband gets all decked up and sits together for the Baby shower, were the elderly person in the family will start to bless the couple by applying turmeric and kumkum and decorate the woman with colourful glass bangles. Rest of the ladies follow the same pattern, and finish with a mangala Aarthi for the couple, which is performed by five elderly people. The function still continues with the recital of traditional valaikappu songs, carnatic music that creates a pleasant atmosphere.

After such an auspicious ritual a grand feast is arranged for the gathering, where Mom-to-be is first fed with 9 types of food that are rich in nutrients. Like Thayir Sadam, Puli Sadam, Pongal, Elumichai Sadam, Thengai Sadam, Ellu Sadam, Ullundu Sadam, Manga Sadam. By the end of this memorable baby shower, mom-to-be will be sent to her mom’s place for a relaxed delivery.

Tips for an enjoyable Baby Shower

Here are a few tips and ideas for a phenomenal Baby shower 

  1. Rest Assured – Take plenty of rest before the ceremony begins, since its gonna be a long tiring day. 
  2. Dress For the Occasion – Wear comfy dresses like saree or a lehenga as per your choice and custom, more importantly a dress that will help you indulge happily without having you bothered. Avoid heavy Embroidery work and thick sarees, choose a lightweight one so that you can carry them for a long time.
  3. Moisten your Throat – Drink as much water required to keep yourself hydrated and fresh. Adequate amount of water is good for the growing foetus and mom-to-be.
  4. Healthy Fare  – A variety of sweets and food will be within one’s reach. Eat in small quantities and learn to say ‘No’ politely to avoid aftermath. 
  5. Return Gifts – A token of love and appreciation in the form of return gifts for your guests will make them happy. Gifts like jewelry, cosmetics, bangles, household articles, decorative showpiece, toys for the kids can be presented. Also silver or gold coins as per your budget is an ideal and memorable one for the guests.
  6. Entertainment – A musical track for the gathering to dance and rejoice. Mehandi can be another source of fun, people who love to adorn their beautiful hands will throb in. This way you can keep the gathering lively and entertained.

Popular Baby shower games you can play

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Listing some of the interesting games that one can run on a Baby shower:

  1. Gender Guessing Games – In India, it is legally not permitted to know the gender of the baby before the birth. Therefore Parents-to-be will be more happy to hear the prediction from their close ones. Traditionally the game involves a bangle and a thread or a chain with a dollar, basically making it revolve over the palm of the mother-to-be. The way it spins determines the gender of the baby.
  2. Guessing the Due Date – Give people a chance to guess your due dates, once you disclose them the due month. You will be surprised to know who got it right after the birth of the baby.
  3. Guessing the circumference of the Baby Bump – This is another interesting task you can plan for the day. Pass around the yarn bundle to the team. Ask each of them to cut the yarn estimating the size of the baby bump. Whose so ever has the right yarn length when they come around and check across the circumference wins.
  4. Guessing what the Mom-to-be Craved for – As a mom-to-be you will most likely develop a craving for food. For example, you might love having Mangoes, a favorite dish from the south or north, a sweet, a dessert or a snack. Person who guessed it right wins the game. Apart from food, one would also crave for a long drive, a short trip, a dress or anything that might fancy her.
  5. Baby items in the Bag – Yet another fun filled game for the day. Fill a bag with 10 inexpensive baby items like a bib, teething ring, rattle, bottles, diaper and few other goodies. Pass this bag around and ask each of them to feel and guess the items inside the bag. Person who makes the maximum guess wins the game.

Beautiful Traditional songs for Valaikappu function

Traditional valaikappu songs in Tamil Nadu for this auspicious day are as follows:

1. Thaye yashoda – Sudha raghunathan

2. Madhuraashtakam By M.S.Subbulakshmi

3. Theeratha Vilayatu Pillai

4. EnnaThavam

5. Azhalagu Kutti Chellam 

6. Malargal Kaettaen

7. Alai payuthey kanna

8. Chinnachirru Killiye

9. Maasaru Ponne Varuga

10. Seetha Kalyanam vaibogame

11. Ayarpaadi 

12. Sita Seemantham

13. Vanna kani sool konda 

14. Thaimai

Unique ideas for Baby shower/Godh Bharai

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As we wait for the arrival of the baby, there is no better way to celebrate the future mama than with the special gathering of friends and family. Listing down few unique ways to celebrate this special day.

  1. Befit a Theme – Think of a fancy theme based party which will make the ceremony a grand affair. Here are a few ideas that you would love to set: Jungle -safari theme,vintage theme, Mermaid theme, Balloon and Teddy Bear based theme, Fresh Garden Theme, Baby Rhyme theme and so-forth.
  2. Together Banquet- If you feel arranging outside food is expensive, then potluck is the best option. You can ask your dear friends and relatives to prepare and bring delicious food keeping your favorite dish in mind.
  3. Garden Party – You can choose an outdoor location like a garden or a poolside or a beach side to host the party, depending on the weather conditions.
  4. Do It Yourself – Instead of having a fancy decor at a grandeur location, you may choose to host the ceremony at the comfort of your home. Decorate the backdrop with homemade stuff, charts, ribbons and other hangings. This is another mind blowing option and fun to do.

Gift ideas for Baby shower

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If you are on the lookout for what to gift on a baby shower, check this list of items. There is no such thing as a perfect gift but each of them will be a stand alone and amazing to gift.

  1. Soft Toys
  2. Pyjamas
  3. Name Book
  4. Pillows
  5. Parenting Books
  6. Baby carrier
  7. Baby Grooming kit
  8. Handmade Blanket
  9. Baby toys
  10. Interesting Baby costume and many more to go..

 “A baby is a blessing. A gift from heaven above, a precious little one to cherish and to love.”

If you are planning a baby shower soon, this blog will help you understand the traditions and customs followed in a Valaikappu (Hindu Baby shower in Tamil-Nadu), and a few creative ideas for you to incorporate into your Baby shower , making it a remarkable one. Happy baby Shower!

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Makeup is the Latest Big thing For South Indian Groom

Why should only Brides have all the Makeup on ? Time for Groom’s to share the space too!Here’s why a Groom must go in for a Makeup and what it takes to look like on one’s Special day.

Makeup is the Latest Big Thing for a Groom :

A breathtakingly gorgeous outfit and dazzling shoes are sure the highlights of a Groom’s Wedding day look . All of these can go in vain if not highlighted with a facial makeup. Gone are the days when only Bridal Makeup was in focus, now Groom’s have become more conscious and wish to look equally flawless to match with their better half . A Groom Makeup should not be noticeable yet give that much needed shine and perfect non flashy look. The kind of Makeup and Makeup artist plays a significant role in making the Groom look the best version of himself. TBG Bridal Wedding store promises Best Groom Makeup and has Certified and Well Trained Male Makeup Artists who are specialized in this field. 

Because Men owe their Big Day too :

A Groom definitely deserves this day of his life . He deserves to look good and really confident while walking into this ceremony. A Flawless and spotless makeup is not a job limited to women or celebrities alone, even a common man wants to look good on special occasions and on day to day life. Hence Men these days have become more conscious about their appearance on their wedding day.

What Does a Groom Benefit from a Makeup ?

  1. Picture Perfect Day- Wedding is the most photographed day of our life and you don’t want to look dull, a right amount of makeup can make you look Picture perfect from frame to frame.
  2.  Fit into the Bridal Scene – When a Bride makes an effort to look like a princess , it takes a good Makeup for the Groom to look equally like a Prince.
  3. Perked Up perfect Makeup will give the perfect amount of confidence.
  4. Climax –  Makeup helps highlight the best features like nose , chin and Tee zone, Camouflage dark circles, pigmentation, uneven skin tone , scanty hair , Beard Grooming and fine cover any other blemishes..
  5. Hot off the Press – An Advanced Makeup will make you look fresh and Natural for long hours.

Tips for Groom’s to look perfect on their wedding

1.Skin Care Routine –

Like how the brides take extra effort to keep their skin glowing and flawless for their wedding, the same applies to the groom as well , take your time to get the perfect radiant skin. Don’t you worry , just keep it simple and follow a few simple steps to achieve a healthier skin .

Step 1 – Cleanse your face with a gentle foam or cream

Step  2 – Exfoliate your skin with a scrub twice a week

Step 3 – Moisturize your skin regularly

Step 4 – Use SPF if you are exposed to the sun too often

Step 5 – Get yourself  a good facial massage, Manicure and Pedicure

Step 6 – Right Haircut and Hair care routine 

Consider following all these steps at least 3 months before the wedding, co’z miracles doesn’t happen overnight. If you have any special conditions like , acne, dark pigmented skin, scanty hair or any other, it is better you seek a Dermatologist for their opinion and advice. Today the science and technology has a solution for every problem.

2.Hire an Expert –

While you are on the hunt for choosing the right Male Makeup Artist for your Grooming session , TBG Bridal Wedding store comes to play , helps you choose an expert stylist in the field of makeup and who can simply transform you to a whole new level, making you look like a better version of yourself without much overdo. TBG offers HD as well as Airbrush Makeup for Men depending on their skin texture.

3.Book a Trial Session

One of the first time you get to see how things will really look on your wedding day is during the Trial Makeup Session. You can explore different looks and choose the perfect one for you. A trial session helps the Makeup artists understand your skin texture better and suggest ideas . It is important to book a Trial session with your artist at least 3 months prior to the wedding.

4.Beard or No Beard, Wear it the Right Way

A well Groomed Beard can make a good difference to your overall look. There are a multitude of options when it comes to maintaining a great-looking beard. With the right products and the right techniques for using them, your beard will be a source of pride, confidence, and the envy of many. Work with your Barber and MUA and plan the right Beard which would complement your Wedding Makeup look.

5.Must Have Essentials

As you foresee a long wedding day ahead, be prepared to carry a few essentials which will keep your face fresh for long hours. Do a quick touch-up whenever required. Carry blotted paper, Moisturizer , concealer, Makeup remover and a Refreshing Facial spray to lock your existing makeup.

Groom’s makeup is Most suitable for ?

Well a Groom makeup can be opted by Men for an engagement , wedding , Pre and Post Wedding shoots, Groom squad  or for any other special occasion.

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How to Wear a Perfect Saree By Following This Unique Saree Draping Tips

Saree – the most graceful attire that enhances the beauty of a woman. No matter how modern we tend to be, we all would have tried wearing a saree. Saree is the only attire that gives an elegant and charming look to a girl, which no other outfit gives us.

But Do you know to drape a perfect saree without any flaws? If your answer is No, Then this blog is for you… In this blog, we are going to let you in on the secrets of draping a perfect saree and different styles of saree draping.

The first and foremost thing is the petticoat. Choose the right petticoat based on your saree type. Though it stays behind the saree, it plays a vital role for a perfect saree.

These petticoats come in different fabrics like cotton, silk, satin, shimmer satin, embroidered, and Crepe. You can also wear petticoats like Mermaid cut petticoats (commonly known as Shapewear), and Can-cans petticoats based on your need.

Petticoat For Saree
Right Petticoat For Saree


Do you know which petticoat is best for saree? Based on the saree fabric, the petticoat varies.

For cotton and handloom silk sarees, cotton petticoats are a wise choice. 

Silk petticoats are most comfortable in the winter season, and they can be paired with heavy silk sarees.

Satin petticoats are generally smooth, so chiffon and georgette sarees look good with them.

If your saree is a crepe type, then crepe petticoats are the best choice, as they will not change the flow and shape of the saree.

Avoid mermaid petticoat for silk sarees as it will make walking difficult.

Next, when you wear the petticoat, make sure that there are no wrinkles in the front.

Wrinkle Free Petticoat
Wrinkle Free Petticoat

If you want to make your petticoat stay tight on the waist, then make sure that the drawstring is in cotton, no matter what the petticoat fabric is!

Here is the answer to the commonly asked question where to wear the petticoat! Below or above the navel?

Wear it just below the navel to make it look better and comfortable. This will help the saree to cover the contours in your body and elongate your frame.

Next comes the pleating of saree. If you pleat the saree well, then half the battle is won.

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saree pleating

Based on your body type, adjust the pleat. A maximum of 6 pleats in the pallu gives an elegant look to any body type.

Each pleat of the pallu can be 4 to 5 inches wide to attain the 6 pleats. If you’re a beginner, then pin your pleats to align it right and stiff.

Saree pallu pleating technique
Saree pallu pleating technique

Do you know how many pins are required to drape a saree? For a beginner, a maximum of 5 pins is required. More pins will kill the shape and look of the saree.

So try to avoid more pins while draping and avoid using silver pins for all kinds of saree. Go for saree colored pins to avoid making the saree look odd.

Saree Shade Pins
Saree Shade Pins

Use pins in such a way that they are draped inside the saree, especially for netted and georgette fabrics.

When it comes to front pleating of the saree, it depends on your comfort level.

For a perfect shape, pleat the sari nice and sleek, and pin it in again. This will also make you look taller.

Saree Pallu Pleats
Saree Pallu Pleats

And here comes an important point! While tugging the pleats in the waist, make sure you flatten the pallu inside. Else it gives a fluffy look to your tummy.

If you want to hide the extra pounds in your body, then printed saree is the right choice.

This will give your body a toned-down look, with everyone’s interest on the saree, taking their attention away from the extra pounds.

Printed Saree
Printed Saree

Oh, and how could we forget? If you want to make your silk saree pleats stiff and stable, try out this trick!

After pleating the saree, use your hair straightener to iron your pleats. This will give them a neat finish.

Medium heat is enough to iron the saree, so unplug the straightener before ironing.

If you want to look slim and tall in saree, then follow the below tips.

Saree draping tips to look slim
Saree draping tips to look slim

Choose light fabrics like crepe, georgette, chiffon or satin as these will give you a light and airy look.

Go for elongated and smaller prints that scantily roll out across the saree, as this will make you look slimmer and taller.

Another important tip to note is, opt for subtle borders, as it flows along your frame and makes you look slim.

Subtle borders
Subtle borders

Also, avoid wearing Heavy border and stiff fabric sarees as these will give you a wider look. Another way is to opt for an elbow sleeve or long sleeve blouses,  as they give you an illusion of a taller frame.

Follow all these tips to look slim and taller in saree.

Now let’s look at some general Do’s and Don’ts you need to keep in mind while draping a saree.

Never go for flat footwear as it will ruin your saree and make walking difficult.

Rather, go for pointed heels that look good with your saree.

Heels for saree
Heels for saree

Also, it is advisable to wear footwear before draping the saree. This adjusts the height of the sari to the added height of the footwear, and will give a perfect finish to your saree.

This is the common mistake that many of us do! Pleating the pallu.

If you are opting for smaller pleats, – let’s say, 6 pleats, then make sure that the pleats flow over and cover the blouse completely. Else it gives an awful look to your entire outfit.

For a better look, you can opt for a waist belt that suits the saree. This will help the saree pleats to stay stable and avoid misconception.

Waist Belt for Saree
Waist Belt for Saree

Other than that, wearing a waist belt is one of the trending styles, so try it out!

You can also wear thin elastic belts while opting for a 9 yards madisar saree! What we mean is, wear the belt before draping the saree as this will help to keep the pleats stable.

If you wish to make the blouse the statement piece, then go ahead with plain or sheer type saree to highlight that.

Some of the latest blouse designs are jacket type blouse, collared blouse and as mentioned earlier, waist belt blouse designs.

Collared blouse
Collared blouse

Blouses play a vital role in saree. Choose the right blouse based on your body type.

If you have a broad shoulder, then boat neck blouses with elbow sleeves will go well.

If your arms are flabby, then deep back neck with long sleeves would work out well.

For skinny arms, puff sleeves suit well.

If you have a larger bust, then you can go for a deep back neck and plain in the front.

High neck or Chinese collar will suit well for long necked people.

Other than this, the colour of the blouse is the key factor.

Rather than going for a blouse of the same shade, blouses of contrasting colours would give you a classic and graceful look.

Contrast Blouse for Saree
Contrast Blouse for Saree

Avoid wearing blouses too low as it is an insult to the whole outfit. And do not be so covered up that it doesn’t make sense at all. Create your perfect look with right blouse.

If you are going to wear a netted or chiffon saree, then allow your pallus to fall freely from the shoulder.

Make sure that you keep the look soft by opting for right accessories and blouse.

To manage the floating pallu in a get-together, and while eating in a buffet, you can raise the pallu till the elbow and pin it. This will help you to carry the saree in a comfortable way.

Saree has poise on its own. So, it’s always better to carry a small bag or clutch. On the other hand, carrying saree is itself a big task, so avoid loading yourself with extra stuff.

Carry Minimum Bag
Carry Minimum Bag

Above all, it is very important to have patience and leisure time to drape a saree. A hurried draping will definitely result in a messy look.

Maintaining a saree is more difficult than draping it right? Here we have some tips for you!

If your wardrobe is a large and spacious one, then you can hang the sarees in hangers.

Wardrobe Saree Hanger
Wardrobe Saree Hanger

This will help you to get rid of a messy wardrobe and also maintain your saree’s life!

For heavy designer sarees and silk sarees, you can use saree bags. This is one of the best ways to maintain your saree. You can also use this bag for long travels!

Added to this, if you want your saree to last long, Then avoid normal soap wash. Instead, you can go for a shampoo wash, by just soaking your saree in shampoo water for 20 minutes and drain it out.

You can try this method for all kinds of outfits like kurtas and shirts.

For cotton and art silk sarees, laundering is the best choice. And don’t even imagine washing your silk saree! A gentle iron is all that is needed for a silk saree after every use.

Likewise, it is important to choose the right accessories and hairdos to attain a perfect look for your saree.

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Go for minimum accessories

Very heavy jewellery will not look good all the time. Overworked accessories will kill the look of the saree. So, go for a few statement pieces like bajuband, chandelier danglers, grand chokers, etc.,

Also, make sure you have the right hairdo that enhances your outfit.

If you are adorning a silk saree, then traditional pleat with flowers will suit well.

Other than that, you can go for a high bun hairstyle which is the latest trend today.

Follow all these tips to drape a perfect saree and let us know how it went!

Okay, How do you check if your silk saree is made of pure silk? Here are some simple methods for you.

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Silk Saree Purity Check

Silk Burn Test– Take a few silk threads from the warp and burn them from the ends. When the thread stops burning, a very tiny ash ball might be left over.

Rub the ball with your fingers and smell the powdered ash. If it is pure silk, then it will smell like burnt hair.

Artificial silk will neither produce an ash ball nor smell like burnt hair. The smell would be similar to that of burning plastic with black smoke.

Zari test–  To check whether the zari is genuine or not, scratch a small end of the zari from the pallu and scratch it against a stone. A real zari will reveal reddish silk!

So, try this method and check whether you have bought a pure silk saree or not! If possible, try it before buying.

Are you bored of regular saree draping style? Then try out this cancan style saree draping.

This is one of the new styles trending with youngsters now. If you love to wear flared outfits then it is the right choice.

Saree draping tips
Cancan Saree

If you cannot afford a cancan petticoat then opt for a good fashion designer and convert your old silk sarees into a cancan petticoat.

This will give a rich look as well as a big satisfaction that you have used your old silk saree well.

Indian women are so talented, that they carry themselves comfortably in whatever they do, like riding a bike, wearing sarees to work, etc.,

Even many inspiring women like Mother Teresa, Ex-Chief Minister Jayalalitha, and even freedom fighters like Rani Lakshmi Bhai, and Sarojini Naidu have carries themselves in saree.

This shows that saree has been a part of our life in all aspects.

If you are looking for a professional saree draping course or class, then attend TBG’s Fashionista saree draping workshop and explore the new techniques.

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Did you know the history of these Shocking Virginity Tests Conducted on Indian Brides even today?

India is indeed a land of difference with variations- it is the land of erotic temple sculptures and Kamasutra, and at the same time, it is the land where” Virginity of a woman” and “purity” are kept in the same physical balance and given a great deal of importance.

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Draupadi marriage with Pandavas

In the epic Mahabharata, Draupadi had five husbands. However, she was considered the purest woman in the world and praised by all. This is because she had a special boon. She has to spend a year with each of her husbands and at the end of every year, she gets into the Agni fire and become a virgin again. This shows the obsession of Indian men with virgins.

Let us take a look at the history and why Indians tend to make a big deal out of the concepts of virginity.

Vedic India

In ancient times, sex was not considered a taboo topic, and it also seems that the concept of a woman’s hymen being intact was not considered to be the measure of “purity”. People on those days where quite open-minded with regard to sex, with various instances in the Mahabharata characters indulging sex in open, incest, and so on.

Satyavati and Rishi Parashar had premarital sex

Even in the same epic Mahabharata’s Adiparva states that ” if an unmarried woman expresses her desire to have sex, it must be fulfilled.”

Medieval India

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Mughal Harem

The middle age India had something of double standards towards virginity. Especially, the thoughts varied with regards to empires and sultanates that ruled from Captial India (Delhi).

It was considered that as a sign of a king’s virility to have a large harem, with that his wives had to be virgins at the time of marriage unless they were widows. On the other hand, the slave women who were inducted into the harem need not be necessarily virgins. In fact, the reputation for sexual expertise given by previous landlords increased their value.

Modern India

Virginity tests in India
Virginity tests

The view of virginity has arguably the most conservative even in modern India, it is directly linked to the moral values and principles. Even today, we can see various news cropping up about “virginity tests” of women conducted in different parts of India.

Did you know? there are different types of virginity tests that women are undergone even today. Some of them are listed here.

Purity by water

Indian women virginity test
Purity by water

In certain communities to certify a woman is a virgin, their make woman holds her breath underwater while a person walks a hundred steps. This practice was later denied by The International Rehabilitation Centre for torture victims  by describing the act as a “gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law.”

Agni Pariksha

Agni Pariksha
Agni Pariksha

Next comes the agni pariksha, in this test, the woman has to carry a red-hot iron pot in hand and walk on a fire mat. If she fails to complete the task or leave it in mid-way then she is considered impure. The failed woman are forced to disclose

Blood Stain in Bed-sheet

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Stained Bed Sheet

This is a commonly known test to find out whether a bride is a virgin or not. On the day of marriage first night, a white sheet or thread is placed on the bed, when the newly wed couple consummates their marriage life. The next day morning, the family elders locate the traces of blood on it. If they find the blood-stains then it is proved that the girl was a virgin.

And the list goes on… If a woman fails to clear any of these tests then she is considered to be impure and obliged to announce the person name with whom she had a pre-marital sexual relationship. And the in-laws have to decide whether the bride can be in their family or not.

Women's dignity
Women’s dignity

As this kind of virginity tests reduces the women dignity and hurts they self-respect, these practices are reducing gradually. Even though the attitude of the current generation towards virginity is slowly changing, there are several women in urban areas undergo-“rehymentation”( a reconstruction surgery for restoration of the hymen- after a failure of a love affair), so that they will stay “pure” in the eyes of their husband.

A girl is considered to be virgin only if her hymen is intact, but in research says that hymen is extremely sensitive that it can be broken while dancing, playing sports, sitting astride on two-wheelers etc.?

With the rise of sex education in early ages, Indian youngsters are developing an open mindset towards sex and started considering that virginity alone is not a necessary quality of their spouse.

Women's virginity in India
Women’s virginity in India

Today it is no more a taboo topic and people are coming forward with optimistic opinions. With that, we would like to share the story of how men are obsessed with women’s virginity? in her words.” Hi, I’m Shalini, Software Engineer by profession. I have been brought up from a contemporary family and my parents are broad minded in their thoughts. One fine day, my parents came up with a marriage proposal and arranged for a get-together. The groom and the family members came and all things were fine. Succeeding all the formal talks of both the family members, we were allowed to have a private talk. After minutes of silence, he opened up with a question “Are you still a virgin?” I was like “Does it matter?”. He said that “a woman’s purity is based on her virginity and I want a virgin wife”. Though the horoscope match was good, our thoughts did not match, so I decided to call off the marriage.

She also stated that Virginity is the first morality demanded from an unmarried woman in India.

Virginity in Modern India
Virginity in Modern India

On the other hand, many Bollywood celebrities have boldly disclosed their extramarital affairs and when the age their lost they virginity.

First comes Ranveer Singh who once claimed in an interview that he was 12 years old when he lost his virginity. He is the first A-list actor in Bollywood to endorse a condom brand and it is also stated that he always carries a condom in his wallet.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

According to reports, Salman Khan has been in a serious relationship with Katrina Kaif but it ended in 2010. Kaif also admitted this in an interview in 2011. Somy Ali and Sangeeta Bijlani were also in a relationship with Khan.

Other than this, actresses like Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri, Sonam Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna has given an open statement about their sexual affairs and thoughts towards virginity.

Though this generation is developing an open-mindset towards virginity and sexual affairs, this situation needs to gradually reach a point where people understand that it is an individual choice to remain a “virgin” or not and it is not a symbol of identification of a girl’s character and purity. Comment below your suggestions and opinion on women virginity in India.

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The Origin and Evolution of Thali in Hindu Wedding

The Thaali is one of the most sacred customs of a Hindu wedding. While we call it the ‘Thirumangalyam’ in South India, it is known as the Mangalsutra in the North. Unlike other ornaments, thaali is of great ceremonial significance. The holy thread symbolizes the real meaning of a Hindu marriage. 

Thaali in Hindu wedding
Hindu wedding

So what does the thaali stand for? The Thirumangalyam is a mark of love, respect, and dignity and is presented to the wife by her husband at the auspicious hour of the marriage day. But do we know where this thaali custom originated? Let’s take a look.

In the 11th century, the poet Katchiyappa Sivachariar mentioned thaali for the first time in his book Kanthapuram! Later, in 12th-century poetry, Seikizhar and Kamban mentioned about thirumangalyam in the historical book Periyapuranam. Since then, the thaali ceremony was believed to have come into practice.

In North India, the Mangalsutra is in the form of a black and gold beaded necklace. Do you see this gold part of the chain? This represents Goddess Parvati, and the black beads symbolize Lord Shiva. 

Black and gold mangalsutra
Black and gold mangalsutra

Before this tradition started, women wore a kungumam on their forehead and men wore rings on the toe.

Hindu wedding rituals
Kungumam in forehead

In early times, thaali was worn only by Hindus and later converted Christians started wearing thaali. It is also believed that thaali depicts the union of the husband and the wife and also protects them from evil. Thaali is generally worn with a gold chain commonly known as saradu or “manja kayiru”

South Indian wedding rituals
Manja Kayiru

In most circumstance, the thaali is brought from the groom’s side. Now let’s take a look at the different elements of the Thaali and what they mean! As per the customs, the thaali includes gold coins, gold roundels, corals, and bottu.

They may also include motifs like the moon, sun, Shiva lingam, Goddess Meenakshi, Thulasi, etc. as part of the design.

If you’re wondering how heavy it is, a thaali generally, thaali weighs between 4 to 8 grams which are made of 22 karats or 18 karat gold. 

So what do people who cannot afford gold do? In such cases, the groom ties a  turmeric thaali which is tied to the Manja Kayiru and considered as a Thirumangalyam.

The irony is that the mangalyam should be worn in such a way that it should not be visible.

You may also like: Different Marriage Customs in India- All Culture and Religions 

Importance of thaali
Secrets of Thaali

India is a land of diversity and this is very true in the case of the Thaali designs as well! Let’s take a look at the varied Thaali designs from region to region.

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thaali- This design includes Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi.

Bottu Thaali- As you can see, the circular shaped gold design resembles the bindi placed in the forehead, giving it it’s name. This type of thaali is worn in Andhra Pradesh, along with coral and black beads.

Bottu Thaali Set
Bottu Thaali Set

Shivlinga Thaali- The worshippers of Lord Shiva, commonly known as Iyers, wore this type of thaali.

Shivalinga Thaali
Shivalinga Thaali

Thenkalai Namam Symbol Thaali- Iyengars, the worshipers of Lord Vishnu, wore this as Tamil was very important to them. The thaali has a Vishnu design embedded with a “W” cut in the bottom.

Annalakshmi Thaali is a grand Lakshmi thaali with parrots or peacock design border. This type of thaali is worn in Sivagangai, Madurai, Theni districts of Tamil Nadu.

Anna Lakshmi Thirumangalyam
Annalakshmi Thirumangalyam

Vadakalai Namam Thaali with Conch & Chakra- Worshipers of Lord Vishnu with Sudarshan Chakra. This Mangalyam design has Conch and Chakra with two “M” cut in the thaali.

Tulsi Sun Moon Thaali- Tulsi plant with Sun & Moon

Nagarathar Thaali- Take a look at this grand ornament. This Kalatheru is the most elaborate, with 34 pieces of gold.

Nagarathar Thaali Set
Nagarathar Thaali Set

Added on to it, the thaali also varies based on the community and region. For say, Sokar Meenakshi set comes with thaali, two pieces of pavalam, two plain kulaai and two pieces of Lakshmi kasu.

Sokar Meenakshi set
Sokar Meenakshi set

Gounder Mangalyam set comes with thaali, two pieces of pavalam, two plain kulaai, two pieces of Lakshmi kasu, and two pieces of plain mani.

Gounder Thaali Set
Gounder Thaali Set

Karur Mangalyam set is designed with thaali, two pieces of plain kulaai, two pieces of vaalai poo, and two pieces of engraved mani.

Karur Thirumangalyam Set
Karur Thirumangalyam Set

And if you’re wondering if we left out any, here’s a list for you!

Aruvai Annam Mangalyam set

Aruvai Annam Mangalyam Set
Aruvai Annam Mangalyam Set

Oosi pottu mangalyam set

Oosi pottu mangalyam set
Oosi pottu mangalyam set

Floral Andhra Pottu set

Floral Andhra Pottu Thaali
Floral Andhra Pottu Thaali

Plain Pottu mangalyam set

Plain pottu Thaali
Plain pottu Thirumangalyam Set

Saiva Pillai thaali

Seiva pillai Set
Seiva pillai Set

Chettiar thaali set

Chettiar Thaali Set
Chettiar Thaali Set

And the list goes on…

Here’s an interesting twist to the tradition.  The traditional thirumangalyam did not have stones studded in it, but now young brides are opting for diamond studded thaali for their wedding. This is in line with the changing social norm surrounding the wearing of thaali.

Oh, and here’s an answer to the question we’ve all asked at some point. What is significance of tying 3 knots in Tamil marriage?

Meaning of three knots in wedding
Three knots in Hindu Wedding

The first knot symbolizes “Urimai” known as power a husband gives his wife.

The second knot resembles “ Uravu” which strengthens the relationship of the bride’s and groom’s family.

The third knot symbolizes the society-that the brides are an important member of the groom’s family.

The meaning of these three knots differs from state to state. In Tamil Nadu, each knot has a unique meaning. Let me explain it in Tamil to make it more meaning full.

Mudhal mudichu iraivan, Devarkal, matrum Vinnavarkal satciyaga Katha paduvathu.

Munnorkalin satciyaga katha paduvathu rettam mudichu.

Munram mudichu pettrorkal, Thirumanathirku varugai thanthavargal satchiyaga Katha paduvathu.

After 3 months of the marriage, the yellow knot “Manja Kayiru” is changed to the gold chain. This festivity is called the “Thaali pirichu korkum” ceremony.

Thaali pirichu korkum
Thaali pirichu korkum

In this ceremony, the elderly family members do rituals and change the thaali from yellow knot to gold saradu.

In some communities, they don’t tie the thaali in the wedding, and instead, the groom puts a gold chain on the bride’s neck. There are different types of thaali saradu which also differs based on the community. Some of the saradu collections are listed here…

Traditional Surreal

Traditional Surreal Saradu
Traditional Surreal Saradu

Spell Binding

Spell Binding Saradu
Spell Binding Saradu

Stupendous Kodi

Stupendous Kodi
Stupendous Kodi

Heavy Rope chain

Heavy rope chain
Heavy rope chain

Roja Kodi Saradu

Roja kodi Saradu
Roja kodi Saradu

In recent times, women wear mugapu with the thaali saradu.

Three-tier mugapu is one of the latest design worn by many young women

Three tier mugapu
Three tier mugapu

Other than that, tri-color mugapu, Floral motif mugapu, spiral & ball mugapu, big pendant mugapu, oval shape mugapu, and Navaratha mugapu are the most preferred designs.

Did you know that the Thaali has health benefits too?

Thaali is believed to regularize a women’s blood circulation and control the pressure level.

It is also stated that when gold comes in direct contact with the skin, the medicinal benefits occur.

In the present time, wearing of thirumangalyam has eventually reduced.

Modernization has caused many women to not wear it on a daily basis, and for some, it is more of a fashion statement than a symbol of marriage.

However, it is impossible to deny its power and importance even today, and the Thaali still remains the most sacred ritual in a Hindu wedding.



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8 Unique Nethi Chutti Design Every Bride Needs To Know!

Nethi chutti is one of the essential bridal jewellery ( known as Maang Tikka in North India). It plays an important role and a beautiful piece of ornament which gives a complete bridal look. With a lot of nethi chutti designs in the trend, it is very difficult for a bride to choose one out of hundreds. In this article, we have clubbed 8 unique nethi chutti designs that will give a stunning look to all the brides.

 1. Single Layered Kemp Nethi Chutti

Kemp style nethi chutti is one of the traditional yet the most preferred design of all time. Let it be manga shaped or contemporary designs with red stones, it gives a flashy and lovely look for all the South Indian brides.

2. Board Pendant Nethi Chutti

If you’re looking for a simple and elegant way then this type of nethi chutti would be the right choice. This type of nethi chutti design suits for all face cuts.

3. Layered Stone Nethi Chutti

Layered nethi chutti is one of the most preferred design by modern brides. You can see a variety of layered maang tikka design with golden balls, white pearls, red stones, etc., this layered style gives a classic and stunning look on your wedding day.

4. White Stone Nethi Chutti

Get rid of the usual gold plated nethi chutti and try out this different style of whitestone nethi chutti. The chutti in the center and the string covering your forehead will give you a vintage bridal look.

5. Traditional Kemp Nethi Chutti Design

This style of nethi chutti is the most preferred one by South Indian brides. Nothing can replace the beauty and traditional look that it gives. The Sun and the moon with the kemp stones add essence to the bride. Though new designs do invade this style of nethi chutti always stays in fashion even after ages.

6. Kundan Nethi Chutti

Most of the brides love to adorn for kundan jewellery as it gives a royal look. The bright Kundan nethi chutti is available in single and multiple layers. Have a look at the inspiring Kundan maang tikka!

7. Single Pendant Nethi Chutti

This type of nethi chutti is preferred for the wedding reception. If you’re opting for a grand Kanchipuram silk saree or lehenga then this is the best option if you do not want to overdo things. You can also make your single nethi chutti into pendant one by covering the string beneath the hair.

8. Mughal Style Nethi Chutti

Mughal style nethi chutti commonly known as the Jhumar Tikka is one of the most favourite design of North Indian Brides. Now, even our South Indian brides have started flaunting this nethi chutti style.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this article. Try out any of this nethi chutti design for your big day. Also, comment below your favourite style in the comment box.

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Another Big Fat Indian Wedding- Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta Pre-Wedding Celebration

It’s a wedding season for the Ambani clan again. The Reliance chairperson Mukesh Ambani’s eldest son Akash Ambani is all set to tie the knot with Sholka Mehta. She is the eldest daughter of the diamantaire, Russell Mehta. The couple officially got engaged last year in a grand affair and will be tieing the knot on March 9, 2019.

Akash Ambani engagement photo
Akash Ambani & Sholka Mehta Engagement

Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s three-day pre-wedding took place in St.Mortiz- the luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland. The celebration is bashed with families and Bollywood celebrities.

Akash Ambani wedding
Ambani and Isha in Switzerland
Ambani son wedding
Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta

It was stated that Akash and Shloka were childhood friends and he proposed her in March last year. Later, the couple celebrated the new beginning surrounded by close family and friends. In June 2018, a star-studded engagement took place in Ambani’s Mumbai residence Antilia. Have a look at the video of Isha Ambani welcoming Shloka Mehta.

Shloka Mehta is the daughter of the Russell Mehta who runs the diamond trading company, Rosy Blue as well as the retail jewellery brand Orra. After Shloka post-graduation, she took over the diamond business.

Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani
Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

Sangeet Ceremony

The sangeet ceremony was witnessed some power-packed musical bands by American DJ The Chainsmokers and British rock band Coldplay on Wednesday.

Added on to it, the function includes Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, DeepVeer and cricket stars Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zaheer Khan attended the event. The Swiss luxury resort was studded with Indian superstars.

Akash Ambani pre-wedding
Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan
Ambani's pre-wedding
Karishma Kapoor
Ambani's pre-wedding
Sagarika Ghatge @ Ambani’s pre-wedding
Ambani's pre-wedding
Jacqueline Fernandez

Some fun moments of Deepika and Ranveer in Akash Shloka pre-wedding celebrations.

Deepveer at Ambani's wedding
Deepika Ranveer fun time
Deepveer at Ambani's wedding
Deepika Ranveer fun time

Radhika, the girlfriend of Anant Ambani were also in the pre-wedding ceremony with her friends.

Akash Shloka pre-wedding
Radhika @ Akash Shloka pre-wedding celebration

Some of the head-turning performance in the event are Mukesh Ambani’s dance and Aamir Khan dance performance.

As per the local Swiss media, over 800 guests were part of the Winter Wonderland-themed event. Akash and Shloka are getting married on March 9 in Mumbai at the Jio world Centre and a grand reception is scheduled for March 11.

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7 Best Bridal Makeup Tutorials That All Brides-To-Be Should Watch

Most of the brides would have faced a tough time in searching for a perfect place for their wedding outfits and accessories. But other than that, attaining a flawless makeup is a big success for any bride. The wedding you have seen all over Pinterest may be out of their budget.

One of the best ways to get the ideal makeup of your wish is doing it by yourself or convincing a trusted friend to do it for you. This may sound daunting, but it’s much easier than you think. If you find out the right products and techniques that help you achieve the bridal makeup goals.

In this article, we’ve rounded up our favorite bridal makeup tutorials that will help you to have a classy look on your big day.

1. Anaysa- Bridal Makeup

The popular YouTuber Anaysa’s bridal makeup is one of the best videos that all brides-to-be should watch. The 7-minutes video is a short yet a brief step by step tutorial for beginners. The finished look gives a bright blush with a stunning smokey eye and a pop of bright red lipstick.

2. Aishwarya Kaushal- Complete Bridal Makeup

Bridal looks are always distinctive from normal makeovers. Aishwarya Kaushal has done a straight forward and approachable Indian Bridal Makeup tutorial. This is a long and detailed 30 minutes video which covers every step from primer to makeup setting spray.

3. TBG Bridal Store- Get Ready With Me

Every bride wants to look unique and best on their big day. This makeover is a Kerala themed bridal look for which the bride opted for a traditional silk saree with heavy naga jewellery sets. The bright and classic look of this bride gives a signature bridal luminosity.

4. Smitha Deepak- Bridal look

If you’re looking for an inspiring bridal looks then Smitha Deepak channel is the right place. This video is one of her inspiration from Deepika Padukone’s Bangalore reception look. The step by step procedure will help even the amateurs to rival the professionals.

5. Jitu Barman- South Indian Bridal Makeup

The professional makeup artist and a versatile Youtuber Jitu Barman’s videos on makeup are always unique and mesmerizing. In this video, Jitu Barman has brought the actress, Tanvi Sharma, through which he has achieved a perfect South Indian bridal look with traditional hairdo and accessories. The sultry smokey eye and glossy lips give a complete look to her.

6. GoGlam 90- My Wedding Makeup Tutorial

This tutorial video gives a simple bridal makeup look which you can do it on your own. The major focus is given to the eye which is embellished with glittery eyeshadow and dramatic lashes. This video gives a look that feels natural yet a classy one in a very elegant way.

7. Jitu Barman- Muslim Bridal Makeup

This tutorial from Jitu Barman gives bridal goals for all the brides-to-be. The bold face foundation and humid smokey eye give a stunning look for the bright orange lehenga. The Maang tikka and nose pin give a complete Muslim bridal look to the bride Farhana.

With this, we end our list, explore the trending bridal looks by watching these videos and get a perfect and classy look on your big day. Hope you all enjoyed reading this article, comment below your favorite tutorial in the comment box below.

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The Evolution of Tamil Film Industry from 1930s

The migration of fashion from ancient times to today is just adorable. From M.S.Subalakshmibulakshmi to Nayanthara Tamil Film Industry has its unique style for decades. In this article, we would see the fashion and makeup from the 1930s to till date. Get explored to the dramatic change of fashion in the Kollywood film industry in an undreamable path.

The 1930s

The 1930s are the times when fashion evolution started carving its own path in South India.

makeup evolution

Whitestone jewellery was the most preferred type of accessory in Black and white movie as it enhanced the look.

Take a look from top to bottom from – from the nethi chutti to the heavy anklets.

Most of the heroines preferred tilak shaped bindi and Nath which gave a classic look.

Curly hair was the most preferred hairstyle compared to straight hair.

The 1940s

When it came to the 1940s, in fashion and makeup, the first thing that comes to our mind is the optimistic look of the heroine.

Evolution of makeup
Anjali Devi

The circle thin eyebrows with minimal eyeshadow were the most preferred style.

Have a look at the actresses Anjali Devi and Bhanumathi who have carried themselves in a graceful way.

Tamil industry
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

The Late 1940s were the times when wing eyeliner came into existence.

Heavy zari saree with whitestone jewellery are the highlights of these times.

As most of the movies were historically based movies, the head crowns and veils were given more importance.

Actress anjali devi
Anjali Devi

Take, for example, the dressing of actress Anjali Devi in the movie Mangaiyarkarasi in which she wore a heavy zari saree with puff sleeves and whitestone jewellery sets.

The 1950s

This trend was followed in the 1950s with some minimal change.

actress Saroja Devi
Saroja Devi

The 1950s are the times when accentuated lashes, rounded brows, and lightly lined came into existence.

Tilak-shaped bindi and curly hair were again trending.

Most of the heroines were of a curvy physique, which was preferred to the slim physique. 

The 1950s was the decade which did not have physique constraint.

actress savitri

The makeup and attire worn in this time were very simple, and this helped the audience to consider them a part of the family.

One best example is actress Savitri, with her looks in the movie Pasamalar, which was simple with a bare lip shade and wispy braids.

Allibabavum narpathu thirudargalum movie
Allibabavum Narpathu Thirudargalum

This decade was very notable as this was the era when the first Tamil color movie was released (Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum). 

From then on, the view on fashion and choice of color has changed a lot.

The 1960s

The 1960s opted for a bold look with darker wings and sheer peachy blushes. 

Thickly penciled bold wings are the signature features of the 60s – which is followed even today.

Saroja Devi
Saroja Devi

Can you imagine the two sided-plaits for a saree? Yes, this was the trending style in those days!!!

Other than this, high tight buns were the most preferred hairstyle, decorated with embellishing flowers like crossandra and jasmine.

actress Padmini

Heavy Jhumkas with ear chain and matching traditional attigai jewellery were the desired fashion icon of those eras. 

Round bindis and embroidery sarees came into the trend in these times.

Western dresses like skirts and gowns gained prominence in this time period.

You can see the style of Saroja Devi in the movie Anbe Vaa, in which she has given fashion goals to many young girls of those times.

Anbe Vaa movie
Saroja Devi on Anbe Vaa

The focus was more on eyes, keeping the rest of the face muted.

Pale lip shadows like beige, baby pink, and peach were in vogue.

The 1970s

This theme was not the same in the 1970s, and you can see a minimal change in the makeup. 

For instance – skinny eyebrows were preferred to bold eyebrows.

actress Jayalalitha

Over-lining lips were no more fashionable, as natural looking lips in muted shades were in vogue. 

Retro style was the most influenced fashion as compared with salwar kameez in these times.

Annai oru allayam
Sri Priya

The hairstyles were not the same as high buns, and there were different styles like short hair, ironed hair, pony-tails, etc.,

Smudged liners and orange blush were hugely popular. 

The 1980s

Now come our 1980s fashion look, the very illuminated and vibrant look. 

Bright glossy lips and heavy pink blush were all the rage this period.

actress Sri devi
Sri Devi

Sheer saree with close neck elbow sleeve blouse was the trend in the 80s, which is the trend even today, right?

Untamed brows, bright eyeshadow, and bright metallic lipstick were used in abundance. Dusky looks were the trending looks of this time.

actress bhanu priya
Bhanu Priya

You can see more dusky skinned heroines in this period of an era in a large number.

It was the time when bell bottom pants and shirts came into the trend.

Most of the heroines are portrayed with less makeup and simple outfits onscreen.

Salwaar suits and gowns were the most preferred attire in these periods. The actresses like Nadhiya have given fashion goals like “Nadhiya hairstyles” “Nadhiya jewellery” in the 1980s.

actress Nadhiya

The 1990s

The heroines in the 90s are the same in fashion as compared to previous eras. They all maintained a mattified skin texture with thick eyeliner and full-length brows.

Roja movie
Madhoo Bala

Fluffy and wavy hair was in the vogue and over lining lips were a comeback in this period.

‘Fashion repeats itself’, so this was the period where chubby heroines were in the top. 

The actress like Kushboo was one the trendsetter in the 90s with her classic western look with matching accessories. 


The Late 90s was the time long sleeve salwars were a trending fashion style. Loose fitting Anarkali and straight cut salwars were in fashion in those times. Elbow sleeve blouses were back to trend again in the 90s period.

The 2000s

The new century has also brought new fashion trends in the industry. The early 2000s was the trend for two-tones glossy nude lips and frosty smokey eyeshadow.

No more high buns in this era! Straight free hair was the trend from then!

evolution of makeup

Thin brows and nude eyeliners were the most commonly used pattern. This was not the same in later 2000s.

Compared to western outfits, light shade sarees were the most desired clothing. Shalini’s ‘Alaipayuthey’ looks are still the most iconic ones until now. Do you agree? If so comment below.

The 2000s was the time when western dresses like t-shirts, mini skirts, and shirts came into fashion.

Jyothika was one such actress to cultivate new trends in fashion in that period. Now she gives us fashion goals with saree!!!

Kushi movie

Sarees were also in equal trend in this period! Light shade sarees are the most preferred one! Later, in the middle of the decade, half sarees were trending, as Trisha’s ‘Ghilli’ and ‘Unakkum Enakkum’ attire was eye-catchy…

Trisha Krishnan
Trisha Krishnan

Even matching Kundan jewellery sets were in fashion after the movies.

Then came the old trend salwar suits but with minimal changes – like gathering pants and fitted top salwars.

The 2010s

Now, this era from 2010, the industry touches all the aspects of fashion from traditional silk sarees to trending modern outfits.

Anushka Shetty
Anushka Shetty

Let it be layered free hair or front puff one, the colored hair is the most trending style!

Designer Kurtis and palazzos are the trending outfits today! Trimmed brows and nude makeup that gives natural looks are most in fashion!

High buns came into trend after the recent look of Nayanthara in ‘Viswasam’.

Nayanthara in viswasam

The fashion may change year after year, but the grace and beauty of our actresses remain the same for all ages.

Hope you all enjoyed watching this video. Comment on your favorite fashion era in the comment box, or share your suggestions with us if we have missed any.


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The Best Compatible Zodiac Signs Couples to Tie The Knot

The similarity between the couple is one of the most important ingredients to sustain a marriage relationship for a longer time. When the partners are compatible, hardly any conflict can calm down their well-nurtured bond! Even though differences and misunderstandings are indispensable in any relationship, but compatible couples know how to work them out well. Hence, sustaining in a marriage life becomes easier and effortless for these couples.

Before you step forward to dive into marriage life, it is very important to know whether you and your better half are compatible enough to lead an ecstatic married life. One of the best ways to find your compatibility factor is through zodiac signs. In this article, we have listed out 12 best compatible couples based on the zodiac signs.

Matching Compatible Zodiac Signs for Marriage

Aries and Libra

Fun, fiercely independent, and energetic are the best resembles of Aries woman. They have a dominating character in nature and make friends with other dominating signs like Sagittarius and Leo. When it comes to married life, Aries don’t want their partner to have a controlling nature. So, they are best compatible with Libra sign, who is extremely honest and easy- going in nature.

Aries have controlling power in nature and Librans being emotionally dependent- both these signs matches perfectly with each other. The honesty and passion is the key factors of these two signs bound together.

Taurus and Virgo

Taurus women are the Empress of love, sensual, beauty-lover, and emotional. People of this sign have romantic in nature and are very passionate in bed. Undoubtedly, they are most compatible with Virgo which is also a romantic sign. The romantic Taurus and sensual Virgo make a power couple for sure.

Gemini and Sagittarius

Classy and fickle minded people with humorous and creativity are the best words to describe Gemini sign. They are great friends whom everyone likes to have a friendship but when it comes to love life relationship they are a bit difficult. The fear of commitments and lose of freedom makes them weak in marriage.

Sagittarians are the perfect companions for Gemini as they are emotionally stable and magnetic power which attracts Gemini a lot.

Leo and Aries

The real lioness is strong and comfortable in owning her power. They are also self-obsessed and unapologetic in nature which makes almost every sign a bit hard to stay in a long-term relationship. With that Aries is the perfect partner for this sign. Though both of them fight fiercely, once they understand how to overcome their fights, nothing can come in between this couple power.

Cancer and Taurus

Emotional, fragile, and trustworthy are the best resembles for Cancerians. They generally a bit standoffish at first, but once she developed the trust one you, she is the best loyal companion for life. Taurus are emotional and sensitive which is the best compatible sign for Cancerians.

Libra and Gemini

Librans are kind, intelligent, and passionate lovers! They are great problem solvers and diplomats by nature. They always prefer their partner to be intellectual with whom they can have deep conversations. So, Gemini is the most compatible match for them. The down to nature of Librans brings calm to always on the go Geminis.

Virgo and Scorpio

Virgo is the most perfect and organized sign! They are experts in balancing emotions and practicality in their relationships. They are also best for sensuality as well. Scorpions are the best match and compatible with Virgo. The passionate nature of Scorpions attracts the Virgos the most.

Capricorn and Virgo

Capricorns are dominating in nature. They decide what they want in life and aim in achieving the same both in career and relationship. They are whole-heartedly dedicated to whatever they do. They expect the same from the partners too. Then Virgo is the wise choice as they are perfectionists and disciplined in nature. Both these signs have a perfect balance of emotions in their married life.

Sagittarius and Aquarius

Sagittarians love to be free and independent. Staying in one place is the dreads to them the most. They love to explore new places which makes them too hard to lead a mundane life. Sagittarians prefer their partner to be the same as they are. Aquarians are the most compatible with this sign. When these two signs are together then they will never witness a single dull moment as craziness fulls their room!

Scorpio and Pisces

The Scorpion’s tough looking and revengeful side gives them a false image of being a difficult sign to date. But they are emotional in person and a passionate lover too. They believe in screaming out loud about their love. The charismatic and emotional Pisceans are the matching zodiac sign for Scorpions. When these two signs get into the relationship, it will be like ‘love is in the air and everywhere’.

Aquarius and Libra

Though Sagittarians make the best pair with Aquarius, Librans also make it most compatible with Aquarius. Both the signs trust each other and will have a strong relationship. The free expression of thoughts, desires, emotions, and desires makes them a truly compatible couple.

Pisces and Capricorn

If opposites attract each other are true then Pisces and Capricorn are the real examples in life. The dreamy nature of Pisces evokes the Capricorns to achieve and believe their dreams. These two signs help each other in balancing the love life relationship in a better way.

Remember, dating/marrying someone from a compatible sign will give you an effortless and happier married life. Also, don’t feel bad if you and your better half’s zodiac are not listed above, as love, trust, and understanding are the best signs to strengthen any relationship. Don’t forget to comment on your zodiac sign in the comment section below!