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Blood

1:01 AM

All throughout my school days I had been a class prefect. I think it might have something to do my very strict and disciplined approach to life. But I wonder if it was as apparent as now, even when I was 9 years old? 

In my junior school, there was a custom, that one class prefect had to pick a proverb and explain its meaning, during the morning assembly every Monday. I specifically remember that in class/grade 3, when I was the prefect my class teacher gave me the proverb - 'blood is thicker than water' -  to dissect in front of the whole school. This is a good point in the story to mention that I am terrified of public speaking. I can talk non-stop as long as the audience is at my eye level, but put me on the stage with hundred eyes staring at me and I will magically start speaking in Greek, Mandarine and Zulu mixed together. Of course I have not even attempted to learn any of these languages ever. As always, I went to my Grandfather with my new assignment. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing his knowledge of English literature and grammar with me. So as usual he gave me all his insight into the proverb and how it came into use, with his natural candor and passion for all-things-listerature. Unlike my 9-year-old-self, today I understand the meaning much better but what is MORE surprising is that unlike my 9-year-old-self, I have started to believe the proverb to hold true for several years now. 

Back then when my grandfather had anatomized the proverb for me I had absolutely disregarded it as - Thats so-NOT-TRUE! I was so sure that I loved my friends more than my relatives/family. I could do without them but definitely could not do without my friends. But today I can see what he meant. It is not so much about like/dislike or whom you want to go watch movies with or party with, it is about  - For whom does your heart ache when you see them in trouble? For whom can you not stand a single word against? Of course it doesn't hold true for every.single.blood.relative but it does hold true ... at least more than it did to my 9-year-old-self! ... and there is a sigh! of relief behind many screens around the world right now, as most of my stalkers are actually my relatives :P 


I was planning to wear this dress with pretty-peep-toes but Texas weather is so darn unpredictable! In the end I had to add tights and a leather jacket and switch peep-toes with boots! ... And ladies and gentlemen, that's how you turn a spring/summer look into a fall/winter look in less than 10 minutes!

P.S. This is what I wore for the TxSC Swap.




Jacket - French Connection [04']
Skirt - French Connection [05']
Dress (worn as a top) - Vero Moda [12']
Necklace - Francesca's [09']
Earrings - Giveaway via City Brewed [11']
Bracelets - From Delhi [07'/11']
Boots - Børn [10']

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59 comments

  1. FINALLY I am the first one to comment on your blog!! LOL..Love this outfit and your story!! Hope you are having a wonderful week! *good night*
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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  2. Hey Tanvi,

    Whenever I see that you have a post, through my dashboard, I immediately open it. No matter how important the work I am doing is.
    Your writing is very good and I am drooling over ur dress. Polka dots and the red lining in ur jacket.
    I am gonna get something done for my jacket too :)

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  3. erm.. confession time.. you knew that proverb when you were 9 and I came to know it now :-/ dunno how I skipped that..and trust me, I had my share of public speaking trauma too during school's morning assembly :-/ .. anyway,you look cute in the attire :) ( excuse my incapability to find any superfluous adjective.. We love you in whatever you wear..)
    <3 <3

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  4. I am in love with that polka dot dress and your necklaces !

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  5. Blood definitely has an extra dimension to it than water, you won't believe this - I was thinking of this very same proverb a few days back!! I'm loving your haircut more and more as the posts keep coming!!

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  6. Love your outfit and those accessories ! These bright colors are stunning and can make us come alive in a dull day !

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  7. Yaaaay :P Such a bright and colourful outfit :P Totally loved it :P

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  8. Love the outfit! And yes, blood is thicker than water..I'm realising it more than ever now!

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  9. I love the polka dot print and colors!

    My parents told me this when I was younger - in fact their words were "friends will come and go, but your family will always be by your side" - and I totally agree :)

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  10. i like this outfit! love the boots!

    i definitely don't think that way about a lot of relatives, but surely think so about family. There's just no insecurity with family, I somehow *know* they'll be there always. I love that feeling.

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  11. I started realizing it now..though 98% of my relatives are always make me think otherwise..nice bright outfit..

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  12. I love the way you have worn your dress as a top. Love all the colours. My favorite hues. And talking about 'Blood thicker than water', in past few years I too understood and seriously started to believe in this proverb.
    P.S. Short hair looks great on you.

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  13. Love the loot and the red tights/accessories. :)

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  14. Love the color combination Tanvi and the bangles are adorbs.

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  15. Oho,I heart that dress,princess! The girl in me just comes back to life and dances around without any choreography(yes,that's an achievement for someone like me)! Kolkata is never cold enough to wear boots.*Sigh*
    And blood IS thicker than red. I've always believed that.

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  16. Isn't it sad that we can't wear a great jacket like this and incredible boots like these longer??!! This humidity is the pits...but you look amazing!! The dress is really great.

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  17. I have a terrible dilemma. I love your outfits so much -- they're better than anything else I see in BlogWorld -- but I enjoy hearing about your life and personality equally as much. So I never know which aspect to focus on! You make life so hard for me. :)

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  18. WOW! So cute :) Lovely

    Love
    http://www.meghasarin.blogspot.com

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  19. Totally agree that blood is thicker than water. I'm the fiercest protector of them.

    And love this look! The dress is amazing. Love the color combo. You look so bright and cheery! :) xoxo

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  20. I say that you and your Grandfather are both very wise individuals. I love your interpretation of the proverb. Well done (21 years later)! Love your gorgeous dress as well Tanvi! You are wise beyond your years.

    And I feel the same way about public speaking--yikes!

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  21. That's a great impromptu outfit, I love those boots!
    I used to have to address school leaver's conventions of over 500 people and even now I wake up in a cold sweat. x

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  22. Aww man I hate I missed you at the Swap; your outfit was so cute!!! I too had a hard time believing sayings like blood is thicker than water or sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt as a child, but the older I got, the better I understood. Now I tell the same things to my niece and nephew, and they look at me with puzzlement, lol.

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  23. Tanvi,

    In times of need one comes to know whom to depend upon. And more often than not it is one's near & dear ones which also includes long time friends who are just like family.

    Take care

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  24. I definitely appreciate family more as I get older though there are a few friends that are definitely like family and I will always hold them dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  25. What a great read Tanvii :) But you know i couldn't take my eyes out of you ..this combination is killer and u know I feel amazingly proud to know you :) You rock babes ..
    I will always look forward for your guidance.

    http://www.pinkjasminestyling.com/

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  26. Come back to Delhi, its getting warmer you can wear peep toes here. :) Btw I really like your lipstick.

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  27. I love your dress! I am obsessed with purple and red right now, I am actually in the process of redesigning my office area to be a purple and red theme!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    www.rachelslookbook.com

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  28. You know what, even I am terrified of public speaking, but I am working on it:)
    You look pretty. Love the colors:)

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  29. you look great in polka dots <3

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  30. This dress! This outfit! It is such a fun look. I love the colors.

    I wish I had the same blood is thicker than water sentiment. But I grew up in a somewhat disjointed environment, where my dad considers his 12 siblings and their families dead to him, and a mother who has sisters who go out of their way to make life miserable for each other. It's very sad.

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  31. really diggin' the accessories and the red tights. that is how you change a spring look to a winter look!

    very interesting story about the proverb and how you see it differently now than you did back when you were 9.

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  32. Tanvi, I read this post sort of dreading and holding breath that some bad news about a family member was coming. But it didn't come. I hope everything is ok.

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  33. i find public speaking totally tramatizing. i so admire people that do it well. and i am loving the jacket.

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  34. u look soooo cute in that dress! I just adore polka dots :)

    P.S. - love your hair this way!

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  35. I couldn't make it without my family! Love the polka dots!

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  36. Please, please.. pretty please ID your hair color! I love that auburny tinged hair.. Henna doesn't quite give me that tone.

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  37. Totally agree with you on this Tanvi! Sometimes when we are young we even neglect our family for friends, but as we get older (and wiser) we realize the true meaning of blood is thicker than water.
    And the outfit rocks! Love how you use the red tights, and the stacked bracelets:)

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  38. I'm seeing polka-dot trend every now-love your styling and that blouse is gorge!

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  39. I have such a small family I simply couldn't do without them. But I see your point. :)

    And, I love your outfit - you have an amazing sense of style if you can change your vision the last minute and end up looking fabulous like that. That's something I need to pick up from you ;) xoxo ♥

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  40. Interesting musings, Tanvi, and great spring to fall and back outfit. Love the spots! xo style, she wrote

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  41. love love love the dress/top!!!

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  42. Great outfit, lovely earrings, what lippie is that?

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  43. Yes...that proverb does hold true... though there are times that some blood is diluted with poisonous chemicals :-p

    Anyways...like the polkaness going on..and u look so cute in your short hair!

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  44. Bauji was a very simple AND DOWN TO EARTH person in the real sense.He carried it till the end.
    We realize the meaning of RELATIONS as we grow.
    I also like the saying...God gives us relatives.Thank God! we choose our friends.

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  45. Lovely accessories! :X

    http://www.fashionspot.ro/

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  46. Family is the one thing which made me leave everything and shift back to india, of course off my own accord :)
    The security I feel is immense and just the knowing of them being there and I being there for them!

    Also, you look exceptionally cute in that outfit :D

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  47. looking so glam tanvi! I feel that way only for my family and the husband (who is not my "blood" relation.) Most of the relatives are better kept far away, me thinks.

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  48. Sigh! Aren't these polkas just gorgeous!!! <3

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  49. High Tanvi!! The pop of red and purple & polka dots is very cute!! Also, welcome back to blogging (kinda like me hehe).

    Saludos!!

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  50. Smart and quick thinking for a quick changing season. I think we are all the same when we are young. It is very rare that childhood best friends remain that way. I remember similar conversations with my elders too. And the shock of their answer. My family 100% holds the most important people in my life. In a way it is a same we done realise this when we are really young. Xxxx

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  51. You look so adorable in this dress and the hair cut suits you well.

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  52. childhood memories when give a flashback, nothing can be merrier.
    :)
    love your outfit!

    Facebook buddies? :)
    Love from Bindigasm

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  53. Great outfit <3 Love the dress & accessories

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  54. lovely look...im going to try red leggings soon x

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  55. totally agree with you! and you look so beautiful in this bright outfit. lovely!

    http://excurlythoughts.blogspot.com

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