Iam unlikely to forget my first bikini. Mainly because I bought it just a few years ago, shortly after I turned 30. It’s scary to admit, but I fit the stereotype of the body conscious Indian woman.
The breakthrough came when we were in the US, headed for Catalina island, off the coast of California, and my husband announced that he couldn’t handle being with the only woman who was in a one-piece. So after much drama and angst, I finally wore the object in question.
The first 15 minutes in my bikini were agonizing as I sneaked sideways glances to see if anyone was looking strangely at me and as I kept dragging the white fabric over what I believed was my inadequately covered body. The husband looked mighty pleased, and frankly, after a bit, I got fed up of worrying.
Bips as Bo? Bollywood bikini cool
Now I only wear bikinis.
Dalbir Bains, who runs Boudoir London, my favourite lingerie store in Mumbai, says most women come swimsuit shopping with their husbands. Their main worry is whether their husbands think they look good in a bikini. If the men don’t approve their wives will never buy it.
My stylist friend, Anaita Shroff Adajania, has worn bikinis since she was a baby, but even she says she’s not 100% comfortable in one. Puma MD Rajiv Mehta says he could never be relaxed enough to enjoy a beach dinner in a pair of Speedos. Kingfisher calendar model Shruti Agrawal says she still wears tights over her swimsuit when she’s with her parents. Diver Sumer Varma and jewellery designer Niharika Khan say there’s only one answer to all this discomfort: Get fit. Read all this and more in our swimsuit roundtable cover story on Page 10.
We’ve also picked our favourite bikinis (and a sole one-piece for those of you who still insist on being coy) from those available at a store near you on Pages 12 to 15.
For those of you who are feeling depressed that the Alphonso season will soon be over, don’t be such a snob. We rediscover the mango alphabet on Page 9. Also, don’t miss Harsh Man Rai’s Gizmo Guru column this week (Page 6). It’s bound to make you hit the road.
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