Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jimki, dangling bell-shaped earrings

I remember well my first pair of jimkis. Gold they were, set with a blue stone. When I was allowed to wear them, which was not often because they were too heavy for my still tender earlobes, I remember shaking my head just to feel the weight of the bell shaped danglers oscillate to and fro. 


Much later did I learn they were also called jhumkas, and that they were the favourite of a Mughal Empress. That nothing complements Indian clothes as well as jimkis do. In my life, I’ve owned dozens of pairs of jimkis; and loved them all.
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There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described.  In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a  drabble of exactly 100 words.

6 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - They are absolutely lovely, too! So elegant and they really do complement traditional Indian clothes, too. Yet another word I am learning...

Marjorie said...

Definitely beautiful!

Tina said...

When the dust settles on April, I'm going to need to come back and read the ones I've missed. I've seen that style of earring before, didn't know it was Indian. I have an Indian neighbor who wears the most gorgeous saris, but has never spoken to me. She did nod at me once, she was watering her roses and I was weeding around mine. I often think of you when I see her.
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

Tina said...

When the dust settles on April, I'm going to need to come back and read the ones I've missed. I've seen that style of earring before, didn't know it was Indian. I have an Indian neighbor who wears the most gorgeous saris, but has never spoken to me. She did nod at me once, she was watering her roses and I was weeding around mine. I often think of you when I see her.
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

Chuck said...

Don't those cause your earlobes to sag and stretch? Or is that an acceptable by-product of wearing them?

sue said...

I had no idea different kinds of earrings have different names. It's certainly more interesting than "studs" or "dangly ones"

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