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In accesorising, it is better to wear colours which are present in your clothes but are not necessarily the dominant colour of your outfit. If you are wearing a green kameez with blue borders, the safer bet would be to use blue accessories. Good options may be blue scarves, jewellery and hair pins. If your ensemble has only one colour, avoid accessories of the same shade of that colour and opt instead for deeper or lighter hues. It is also important to remember that although some degree of colour coordination is necessary, wearing everything in the same colour scheme might be a tad too much.


Joy of receiving letters

When I come home, and find a letter or two from my friends, I feel like a million dollars. I love letters. And cards covered with dried flower petals. Greeting cards decorated with coloured glass bits or spangles are the joy of my life.

One might say that such feelings are outdated -- what with emails and mobiles. Yet collecting old cards in embroidered woollen bags, and reading them on some rare occasions -- like when tired and depressed -- is one of my treasured pastimes.

The dip in the graph of living may be for various reasons -- being overworked and short of leisure breaks and holiday time, etc. Whatever it is that is bugging me, it takes wings.

Rereading of old letters rejuvenates me. They are like a combination of pep up pills and tranquilisers. In the past one decade or more, there have been many Christmas, birthday, Eid and New Year cards. If they are sweetly illustrated and bear unforgettable messages they make the perfect dressing table adornments in one's single room or hideout.

When studying overseas, it's letters and cards and more recently, e-mails with funny messages that kept me going -- being far from friends and home in the US or Europe. Of course, there was the phone line. But one can't always throw one's thoughts or think aloud -- as one can in letters.

Letters, receiving and writing, chase away the blues. Sunshine and fresh air float in with the unfolding of the pages. Letters also make your heart stop, when they carry news of death, or serious illnesses like cancer or bypasses. Letters are vital: even in the twenty-first century.

I've been into scribbling or sketching from way back. This is to release my hopes, fears and dreams. Writing letters to friends and family gets rid of pent up emotions. It says so much. It doesn't take up much time or energy. It costs relatively very little.

In days gone by, when people had time in hand, novelists like Henry Fielding put their imaginative drive into this letter writing form. This became the well-loved epistolary novel -- which one can't get enough of. Fanny Burney and Lady Mary Wortley Montague did the same.

Sometimes leaving little cards at special, safe and reliable points -- like the reception of a café, is a safe way for leaving messages. The mobile of one's friends often tend to be busy, as many do jobs and study at the same time. There is then the research work and the home front. So the mobiles of my friends and members of the family tend to be constantly busy.

Letters sure boost one's morals, and give a fillip to one's graph of living.

By Fayza Huq


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