The following news,item which was published in Hindustan Times of 10.02.09,tickled me pink :
COUNTER ATTACK :Group of ‘ Pubgoing,Loose Women’ Launch Campaign.
This V-Day, pink chaddies for the Sene.   
Last Thursday,at about midnight,a group of friends created The Consortium of Pubgoing,Loose and Forward Women.Started as a group on the popular social net working site,Facebook,it has kicked up quite a storm.With over 3,000 members in the group ,there are men too,the group has bloomed into a full fledged campaign to send the Sri Ram Sene pink chaddis on Valentine’s Day.Taken up almost as a joke,but not quite,these ladies decided to hit back at right wing groups who were capitalising on fear.The Consortium has created enough of a stir,in just four days,on the Internet,and people from all parts of the country are getting enthused to join the campaign as their way of showing contempt.
Nisha Susan,mediaperson and one of the founders confesses it has been a very hectic twenty-four hours dealing with the sudden unexpected surge of interest.The collected chaddis--she estimates the number to be 500 “at the very least”–will be displayed on Friday the 13th at a press conference in Bengaluru.
Dear Readers,there are addresses given in the news paper and on their website as to where people can send their chaddis.The Group has also come out with a good logo in the form of a poster, with a pink coloured undergarment displayed  in the centre and the words “THIS VALENTINES DAY,Send The Sri Ram Sena a ‘ PINK CHADDI’, Because Chaddis are Forever.” 
The group has its own website / blog and well wishers and supporters can post their messages there.The address of the site / blog is :  

Those who are equally tickled pink like me, can see what the comments are.It is a real treat to know the views and the minds of the supporters of this campaign.
I could not refrain from posting my comments on 10.02.09 on the blog. This is what I posted :
Dear Campaigners,

In the earlier days,brave women used to send “bangles” (‘choodies‘) to the “weaker”(?) men folk asking them to wear them and sit at home and twiddle their thumbs while they took up their cause with the enemies.
Things have now changed from bangles to undies or to “chuddies” from “choodies“.

Wish you all the Best.

By the way, Ram Sena’s name should be changed to “Vanar Sena” as ‘ vanars’ are pink bottomed monkeys and so the pink chuddies will nicely and picturesquely match their bottoms.

Bottoms up to that ! Cheers !!


I  have read somewhere that colours have a predominant role and effect on our lives and personalities. I did a little research and this is what I gathered :
1. If you wear pink…

You have an affectionate, loving nature, which makes you sympathetic and understanding. You may lack willpower and show weakness when you cannot control affairs of the heart. You need a great deal of support from others and can be childlike in behavior. You must learn to accept and love yourself. If you become more self-reliant you will attract and give out the feelings of warmth and love you desire.

2. Introducing Pink : 

Pink is the colour of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted.Brighter pinks are youthful, fun and exciting while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red. They are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive.Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman’s cheeks.It’s not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers pink blossoms are a favorite.For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak to a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.

3. The effects of the colour Pink : 

How does the colour pink effect us physically and mentally? It stimulates energy,can increase the blood pressure,respiration, heartbeat,and pulse rate.It encourages action and confidence.Pink has even been used in prison cells reportedly, to effectively reduce erratic behavior
4.Colourful phrases connected with Pink :

(a) tickled pink: to be happy.
(b) in the pink: in good health. (This phrase hasn’t always had this meaning,try and find out what it originally meant )
(c) a pink elephant: a term used to describe hallucinations during intoxication.
(d) pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand.
(e) pink slip: notice that employment is ending.
 (f) pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women.

5.There are several beautiful quotes on the colour Pink : Some examples :

(a) “Pink is the navy blue of India.” –Diana Vreeland
(b) “I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”– Elizabeth Taylor

6. Pink Around The Globe : 

The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.In Japan, the colour pink has a masculine association. The annual blooming of the cherry trees, with it’s pink blossoms, each spring ( the Sakura ) is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life ( the Samurai).
The city of Jaipur, is a foremost tourist attraction in India because of its superlative forts, grandiose palaces, vivacious temples, multicolored bazaars, pulsating streets and its distinguished “pink colour ” to which the city owes its oft-used name ‘The Pink City’. This illustrious pink color symbolizes ‘ welcome’ and was embraced during the times of the ruler Ram Singh II when he expected the Prince of Wales in 1876. The colour was selected after several experiments to cut down the severe glare from the reflection of the glowing rays of the sun. Today, every home in the old city is obliged by law to maintain this distinctiveness of the city.(Those interested,can learn more about this colorful city,by browsing through the internet).Marrakesh is another city, associated with the colour pink. It is sometimes refered to as the “Rose city”, describing it’s salmon pink coloured buildings and the red clay of it’s terrain.( You can learn more about the Rose City from the internet )

7.More Colour Around the World… 

In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the colour hot pink into western fashion. She dubbed the shade “Shocking Pink”, though today the colour is more associated as “magenta”.Since the colour pink is said to have a tranquilizing effect, sports teams sometime paint the locker room, to be used by their opposing teams, pink.Some studies of the colour pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the colour.Isn’t that fascinating ? Here’s some interestinginformation for the foodies :Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or are served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave is said. For those interested in branded garments,here is a nugget :* Thomas Pink’ : With a wonderful reputation for the finest luxury shirts and accessories,Pink has become an international success story with stores in the UK, US, Europe and Far East. Other examples are also there:  Victoria’s Secret, Pepto-Bismol,Mary Kay, T-Mobile: The Magenta “T” is easily recognized as the symbol for T-Mobile.

8.Pink in the Garden :

The water lily (Nymphaea) has been casting its bewitching  spell on humans for thousands of years, enchanting even the earliest civilizations. This mysterious beauty rises from the deep, leaves floating serenely on the surface, exquisite blossoms appearing as if by magic.Once the province of grand palaces and public gardens, the water lily is now finding its way to the home garden.(You may visit–Better Homes and Garden, to know how to plant and care for waterlillies.)

9.The Scent Of Pink :

An ad goes thus: “Victoria’s Secret PINK- Eau de Parfum Spray.Think bright, effervescent. Sophisticated. Sexy. Modern. Confident. Playful. Dab it on. Expect the unexpected.” I bet you will wanna try it !

Grapefruit: A tart citrus Grapefruit scent. A great refreshing summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Balancing, refreshing, cheering.

Peony: A scent as sweet and fragrant as the flower itself. A great spring, summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Soothing, Romantic, calming, uplifting.

Bubblegum was the original scent of the pink colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc. introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. There were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the colour pink became “shampoo”.

10. A Taste Of Pink :

(a) Grapefruit : A tropical citrus fruit, named because it grows in grapelike clusters.It  is a cross between a sweet orange and a pummelo,and was introduced to Florida from the Bahamas in 1823. There are two main varieties: seeded and seedless. They are also split into color classifications white (yellowish-white flesh)and pink (flesh ranges from pale yellow-pink to bright ruby red).Pink grapefruit has a higher amount of vitamin A. The skins of all varieties are yellow, some with a pink blush.
(b) Cotton Candy (“Bhoodi Key Baal ” which we all must have enjoyed in our childhood )  was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candymakers from Nashville,Tennessee, USA. They invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. It formed a treat that they originally called “Fairy Floss.” As the bowl spun around, the caramelized sugar was forced through the tiny holes, making feathery candy that melts in the mouth.I recall having stood around a candy floss making machine in a “mela” (fair) in Gujarat for an hour and saw the magic being spun before my eyes.

11.Songs with Pink in the title ;

The only Hindi film song,which mentions pink (“Gulabi” in Hindi ) which I can recall,is from a movie called “The Train”,( if I am correct) and it went something like this: “Gulabi Aankhen,Jo Teri Dekhi,Sharabi,Yeh Dil, Ho Gaya…..” However, there is a long list of songs in English :
 Some examples :

* “Mr. Pink Eyes” by The Cure on The Lovecats single,* “My Pink Half of the Drainpipe” by The Bonzo Dog Band,* “Pink” by Aerosmith,* “Pink & Blue” by OutKast on The Love Below,* “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen,* “Pink Cashmere” by Prince on The Hits 1 * “A Pink Dream” by The Cure on the Mint Car single,* “Pink Bubbles go ape” by Helloween,* “Pink Bullets” by The Shins,* “Pink Elephant” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies * “Pink Houses” by John Cougar Mellencamp,* “Pink Killer” by Dir en grey * “Pink Maggit” by Deftones,* “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake on Pink Moon,* “Pink Orange Red” by Cocteau Twins on Stars and Topsoil,* and “Pink Panther Theme” by Henry Mancini.
The name “Pink Panther” reminds me about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,who was very recently in the news in connection with this movie.Pink seems to be the flavour and the colour of this season.   

12.More,still more,on Pink : 
Combining the purity of white and the the passion of red gives us pink – the colour of gentle love and desire.  Pink is the colour associated with baby girls, and is the colour of many newborn animals. Pink signifies gentleness, and new birth.
The rose, as the archetypal flower has endured in its beauty and significance for hundreds of years.  What is it about a rose, irrespective of colour and size that makes it so special, so touching? In addition to its beauty, the rose is perhaps the only flower that has so many diverse meanings. The meaning of a pink rose is as beautiful and as graceful as the delicate blossom.

Pink is not just for girls, and it is not just a pretty colour.Pink roses have deep significance when it comes to affections given and received. The most widely accepted interpretation of pink roses is grace and gentility. An admiration for beauty, refinement and enduring grace is what the pink rose connotes.  The receiver of the pink rose can rest assured that he or she is admired for possessing a certain respectability and decorum not commonly found in others. The meaning of pink roses, as expressed by their lovely colour, is happiness and joy. Being themselves a joy to behold, pink roses express fun and happiness. The pink rose denotes that the receiver is a pleasure to behold, a pleasure to have in company. Thus, it is an indication of deep joy. They indicate happiness or pride, a heart-felt appreciation. The pink rose, because of its happy connotation is very popular in bouquets that decorate the bridal bower. Symbolic of joy, pride and deep affection, they make wonderful tokens while celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or significant achievements. Its visual appeal and delicate appearance gives off a sense of harmony and warmth. Like the becoming blush on a bride’s face, the pink rose expresses happiness and enthusiasm.
Where there are no overtones of love, pink rose seeks to communicate gratitude – a very beautiful and touching way to say a simple “Thank you”! The pink rose when used to express gratitude, appreciation and recognition is a source of joy and delight.
The pink rose, though beautiful to behold and wonderful to receive also has its share of unfavorable overtones. This negative meaning of the pink rose found it’s beginning in the ancient Roman Mythology. Apollo turned Rhoanthe into a pink rose when she unfairly tried to become the protectress of women. In this scheme of events, pink roses depict pain, long standing suffering and death.But the pink rose is generally looked upon as the flower of sweet thoughts and gentle emotions. It indicates an affection that may turn into deeper love. Innocent love that has not yet blossomed into passion, a deep affection that has not yet reached its pinnacle is what the pink rose expresses.Pink roses please all our senses. They look beautiful, smell great and have a depth of meaning in their gentle blooms. The next time you need to express joy, affection, pride, gratitude, a gentle romance or even good luck, use a pink rose. This glorious flower in its beauty and delicate shade expresses innocence, and a simple joy in that innocence. As opposed to red roses that speak of deep passion, the pink roses are a gentle reminder of affections not yet awakened, the gentle beginning of a wonderful relationship.
Dear Readers,I began this piece with “Pink Chuddies” and after a long but enjoyable journey of discovery about Pink,I ended up with “Pink Roses” which is a befitting end,as Valentine’s Day is near. I’ll end here.
Enjoy Pink.Pink is IN !!
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5 Responses to PINK IS IN !

  1. Kumarendra Mallick says:

    Jatinder saheb, in every response or composition you try to reach the summit. Thanks for your efforts and the critical mind. In the present case, I am least interested who goes to pub to drink or to the bed to sink… but the whole affair is nausiating: the Rama Sena on one side and the liberals on the other side. This can happen only in India, and not anywhere else in the world. A section of Indians with garbs of modernity do not mind girls to visit pubs, drink and dance, but the same people will demand dowry, hide their women under veils and beat up their wards if they propose to marry across their community.

    These liberals keep quiet when the Buddha relics were damaged in Bamiyan mountains in Afghanistan and Swat valley in Pakistan, when the protesting monks in Tibet and Myanmar were hit by shoes and bayonets, when a 100-year old temple in Malaysia was razed to the ground or very recently Yoga was banned in Croatia, Indonesia and Malaysia, Ganesh appeared on chappals, Lakshmi was printed on undergarments.

    We in India very well know what is love, the significance of St.Valentine and what lies behind the ‘chhudi’. Do you remember the song, “Chholi ke pichhe kya hai…” Now a lyricist will compose “Chhudi ke picche kya hai..” and it will get international award as usual.

    Kumarendra Mallick, Hyderabad
    Feb 11, 2009

  2. J S BROCA says:

    Dear Mallick ji
    Thanks for your lovely response.Yes I agree that we have two extreme sets of people who have their own yardsticks for classifying events into good or bad for the society or the Bhartiya Sanskiti, as they tout. I took a light dig at the Consortium’s efforts to gather public response on the issue. If you care to visit their blog today you will see the degree of response to the cause. Yes, ‘Chaddi key peechchey kya hai’ may most likely be a topper among the hit parades. I believe in joining the fun until it lasts and then wait for another such caper for my next dose of inspiration and spice to enliven up the day. Any way, I hope other like-minded Muse-icians will join the fun bandwagon. Such humour in everyday life, according to me, makes life liveable!

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 11, 2009

  3. J S Broca says:

    Dear Readers
    I checked up the campaign’s blog site. It has so far received 726 postings from supporters (till around 12.45 in the afternoon today ). I think things are hotting up.Today’s papers also carry more news on this subject. Muthalik intends to gift pink sarees to the women campaigners. See how the cookies crumble on V-Day!

    J S Broca, New Delhi
    Feb 12, 2009

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