Cartoon of a Delhi Girl… all buttoned up!

I always thought that my fashion sense left a lot to be desired, but then this lady who entertained the whole male and the cartoonist female population of the Delhi Metro about a week ago, gave me a superiority complex.

Now anyone who knows anything about EZs (erogenous zones) would not have designed those trousers, unless they were meant to do a specific job, which is flag down people looking for a specific kind of…should we say, gratification? While a tiny pattern on the fly would be a subtle use of EZs, those three huge Mother-of-Pearl buttons glowed like a neon signboard that screamed for attention. “Look here. NOW!”

Here’s the lady whose buttons forced me to draw her. Note that the exaggerations are minimal.

cartoon pen and ink drawing of delhi girl with huge buttons on her fly - texting away on the metro.

All Buttoned up!

The story of these EZ-flaunting dresses begins with those aesthetics-challenged dress-designers who bunked their fashion design classes, and who let their erogenous designs loose on Janpath (the fashion-mecca for exploding lower middle class of Delhi.) These EZ-highlighting designs are then picked up by the young girls who’ve just arrived in the city of their dreams, and who want to get that hep Delhi Girl look asap.

This lady, however, has only worn a pair of trousers that would make men get fixated on her…well, buttons. I’d put it only a notch above tight belly button displaying tank-tops, or the low-rise, edge-of-panty on display, denims. In fact, I found myself appreciating this lady’s no-nonsense, direct, and to-the-point approach of directing the viewer’s attention to stuff that really matters.

Another lady whose cartoon will not be published here (because this is a family blog,) would win the “Accident-Causers of Delhi crown” without batting an eyelash. She too made me think better of myself. You see, I am very, very, very absent-minded – but I’ve never gone shopping without wearing a lower garment!

50 pairs of eyes that were anchored to their delectable target, had helped me spot this lady in one of the busiest markets in Delhi. Men of all ages and callings had their eyes fixed on the rump of a young woman wearing a canary yellow shirt that barely covered her posterior assets. As she swung her hips, a flash of black confirmed that she had her panties on (I confess, I had my doubts.)

I saw people slowing down their bikes and cars to get a better look; I saw even women doing a double-take because they couldn’t believe their eyes, and to put the icing on the cake, I also saw the happy-as-a-pup-with-an-icecream-tub guard who had the opportunity to get a close-up view because the absent-minded lady who had forgotten her lower garment home, decided to go into a shop that was on the first floor. May God bless that yellow canary whose bottom brought so much happiness to everyone in that market.

But then there’s an underside to everything – a dark cloud with every silver lining. That day, people did bump into one another and I suppose some bikers did too. I’m sure that if our canary had displayed her assets on a busy road, she’d have dispatched a few to their permanent abodes in heaven.

Delhi indeed is a dangerous city!

- Reporting from Delhi,

The Caricaturist.

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8 comments on “Cartoon of a Delhi Girl… all buttoned up!

  1. Well, Shafali…….that button garment is such an oddity and so very stupid that one has to wonder what that designer was thinking. But the person who actually paid money for it and then wore it out in public is also someone no has no taste. Do you think that perhaps, the wearer was actually the designer and creator of those silly button pants ? Of course, she may also have known that those huge buttons would have drawn eyes to her and that was the point in wearing them. So if she wants attention, she achieved that and then some….she got you to draw her…….and write about her. But you must draw the Canary yellow lady who forgot her bottoms someday. Since dress is so conservative in India, she likely created a sight that will not be seen again for many years.

    • I am glad you agree with me on the placement of those buttons:) I am sorry to disappoint you but drawing the lady in yellow would almost amount to pornography :( Actually, Delhi isn’t all that conservative – Every once in a while you’ll see a young woman wearing hot-pants setting the streets ablaze, making men sweat and women simmer :)

  2. Shafali, you really gave me a nice idea of utilizing my metro journey from Kailash Colony to Huda City Centre daily to my workplace..now I am surely gonna use that 1 hour journey in observing people more specifically such fashionable gals!! ;)

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