In the times of social media, agar picture online nahi post ki toh did you even vote! That line of thought made many Delhiites queue up outside parlours for a manicure before they queued up outside a polling booth, kyunki haath sundar ana chahiye in the picture you are putting out their in the wide world of the web.
Priya Singh, who works in a salon in South Delhi, inform us, “There was an increase in the number of manicure a day before the voting and even we were wondering the reason for it. But, a girl told us that she wanted a bright colour on her nails so that it stands out in the picture. I asked her which picture? Usney mujhe surprised look deke kaha, inked finger picture after casting the vote! Hum to bas vote karke aa agaye.”
We spoke to the girl who demanded a bright nail paint. She said, “I was the first time voter and very excited to vote. I even decided the dress I wanted to wear while going to vote. Its was a big day indeed and I got a great picture,” says this MNC professional who wishes to stay anonymous. She told us that her friends also discussed about what they were going to wear on the WhatsApp.
Meenu Mittal who runs a small parlour in her house in Delhi, says, “This is a trend, I believe. No one wants to let go an opportunity to look good on social media. And they don’t mind spending money for it. Despite running a small parlour, around 10 women visited me for a quick manicure.”
Some even applied henna to beautify their hands. Madhu Goyal, a housewife and a resident of Gurugram who applied henna on her hands says, “My hands have got tanned and I was a little worried. Due to busy schedule, I couldn’t manage to visit a salon. My friend gave a very bright idea and suggested we both make mehendi designs on our hands. Fir kya tha, hum dono ne mehendi lagwa li. And that’s how we gave it a traditional twist, likes ka sawal hai bhai (laughs).”
Tanya Arora, 25-year-old resident of Gurugram, says, “My nail paint was chipping off and I didn’t want a picture with unkempt looking hands. I filed my nails, cleaned them and applied a nice nail paint to make my hands look presentable when at the booth. Matlab ink lagwane mei bhi sharam na aye na. Obviously, I posted my inked finger selfie, too. And mind you, some people did say in the comments section under my pic that my nail paint was cool.”
some parlours are bracing up for post-result requests they anticipate they will be get from supporters of various parties. Mahema Bharadwaj, from The Mani Pedi Spa, says, “Over the last week we have seen an increase in excitement for the elections amongst our Indian clientele – which was evident from their conversations with each other and with the staff. This time around, showcasing your polling ink has become a trend on social media and I feel people are enjoying showing it off. Maybe once we have results of the elections – we might get some requests for nail arts basis that, since every unique trend catches public eye. I think people’s take on election centric nail art would be more in demand after the results.”
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May 15, 2019 15:40 IST