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Special Feature



As the old saying goes, “the face is the index of the mind.” Though it may not always hold true on all grounds there is a fair following of this term and it is quite often that we judge people on first impressions. Well now it seems that there are some other variables that must be taken into consideration before judging a person. And surprisingly one of them is; believe it or not their doors.

Yes, you did hear me correctly on that one - their doors. No, not the doors if you are thinking along Jim Morrison lines, but doors all the same.

So, why has the door seemingly catapulted into being such an important derivative of one's personality? Simple. Because how one adorns one's door shows to a fair extent how one feels about one's private space, thereby revealing a lot about one's characteristics.

There are many forms of doors, or to be more appropriate, door decorations. Here are the most common:
Keep Out!

…or some other derived version of the word. But for word limits sake, let's keep “Keep Out” to stand for all things forewarned like “Stay Away,” “Keep your distance,” or “ Beware all who enter this room.” And there I go with my synonyms again! Well, to cut a long story short, anyone who has such signs hung outside their rooms may suffer from one of many ailments.

A) insecurity
B) insecurity (did we say that?)
C) be completely scared for others to view what he/she is just barely able to define as a room.

Jokes aside though, Keep Out is a very popular form of door or drawing and if you see one stuck on a door, do try to respect the room owner's privacy.

He who enters shall be blessed eternally…
It goes without saying that people who have that or anything related to the above gracefully displayed on their doors suffer from acute problem of self-absorbment. I mean how much more of a narcissist can you be? Unless you are a priest, please don't act like one.

Religious Markings
Probably a poor student. In fact, scratch that. Definitely a poor student! Why else would someone bother to have the Ayatullah Kursi hung up on the door when they can't recite or don't understand but a single line of it? Good luck charms usually fulfil an acute sense of emptiness.

Or if you are one of those who believe in the goodness of the soul and is a firm believer in mankind then it could be that the owner of that particular room is very religious and truly believes in his God! That would be a change now wouldn't it?

Dream-catchers or Wind Chimes
Though essentially not the same thing, the one thing that both a dream catcher and a wind chime showcases is that the owner of the room has great artistic taste. Wind Chimes are a favourite indulgence of yours truly, and I also have a dream-catcher hanging on my door. Now for those of you wondering what a dream catcher is, it is an authentic piece of Indian (no not our neighbours, the real Red Indians) memorabilia. The Indians believe that the dream-catcher thwarts off nightmares, which they also interpret as a form of a weakness in an individual. A dream catcher is usually placed over a place you would sleep where the morning light can hit it. As you sleep all dreams from the spirit world have to pass through the dream catcher. Only good dreams can pass through the hole in the centre while the bad dreams are caught in the webbing and are destroyed by the morning light. Interesting eh?

The Sports Fanatic
No need to go into details on this one! A Beckham poster maybe or is that too clichéd! Rooms with sports memorabilia though, hold a certain charm for me, what with me being the sport fanatic that I am. Signed jerseys, if you can get any, club programs and flags of different football clubs also provide a nice variation.
Last but definitely not the least…

The Music Freak...
Everyone is a musician. Yes, read it again if you need to but everyone is a musician. So be not afraid if you see doors adorned with anything from Avril Lavigne to Metallica to U2 or in some extreme cases, Bangladeshi rock bands. Posters and music tastes vary with time and age and gender but music as a whole is something that is hugely popular with almost everyone. So if you don't have your door decorated by a musician of your fancy get it done!

By Quazi Zulquarnain Islam


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