Monday, April 30, 2012

Back in Black

My love affair with the color Black dates back exactly seven years ago today, April 30, 2005. That was the very first time in my life I wore all black, including my watch, my pair of socks and shoes and my beloved ring which had Mi Amor’s name encrypted on it.
First time ever in All Black -
Dated Apr 30, 2005

Since then on wards I have only wore black clothes for most part of my existence, I absolutely don’t feel good on a rare occasion when I wear a different colored outfit. Many of my conversations with few people, especially my close friends starts with a comment on my all black outfit; I have been called “The Man in Black” to “Blacky” to “Akshay in Black” and many more. I feel amused when I get comments like that because most of my friends have seen me wearing only black clothes for many years now.

My inspiration to wear black clothes was indeed the love of my life, Shaki. She used to wear mostly black clothes in her teens so I tried to emulate her by wearing only black clothes in my teens.

My Best Pic -
Dated Dec 26, 2007
Black has given me a new but different identity which I did not possess before. Everyone I know identifies me with the color black. They may not always know my style in terms of the clothes I wear, well there isn’t much style to talk about, I pretty much suck in that department but when you ask any of my friends what kind of clothes I wear, 9 out of 10 times you might get the answer as Black. And I never shop for my clothes either, well hardly. Only recently I have started to “learn” to shop for my own clothes but mostly the shopping part will be taken care of by my mom or my bro. Only condition I put forth before they buy clothes for me is, you guessed it, it should be only Black.

On top of Mullayanagiri Peak,
 on Aug 14, 2011
I do get a few weird stares when I walk on the road wearing all black, it doesn’t bother me at all, in fact I like the attention I get.  Although I don’t stand out in a crowd, nor I have the personality to stand out but wearing black makes me feel different from others and gives me the confidence to stand out in a crowd.
Ethnic Day -
Dated Oct 15, 2010

I absolutely do not like wearing Ethnic Clothes but when we had “Ethnic Day” in college a couple of years ago, I decided to wear ethnic for the first time in my life and obviously it had to be all black, much to the amusement of everyone. And on that particular day somebody even called me “Moosa Bhai” while I was walking on the road. No kidding.

On my Birthday -
Apr 13, 2012
I tend to laugh at people who say, “Black is unlucky” or it isn’t right to wear black clothes or anything to do with the color black because it brings them “Bad Omen”. I don’t believe in such nonsense. I will always continue with my fascination for the color black and continue to wear black clothes because black defines me, it defines who I really am. 

After a lot of struggle with my health issues in the past couple of months, I finally managed to stand up on my own feet and walk a few steps on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I was determined to wear black on that day so that I can feel “normal” again. If you don’t know me that well probably you would not understand in totality what the last sentence really meant to me.

To me, black doesn’t stand for darkness or evil, it is a way of life and will always continue to be.

52 comments:

  1. Black doesn't necessarily have to mean "evil" or "unlucky" for everyone. Black is one colour which everyone can associate with, It's so classy and elegant to wear a black outfit. Simple, yet Classy.
    Now we know why your blog is all Black! :-)

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    1. True but I didn't imply black meant evil or unlucky for everyone, I do know a few people who think like that actually. Definitely black makes everything looks classy and elegant and especially in my case, makes me look a lot less fat than I really am. :D

      Yes, now you know why my blog theme is all black. Thanks Ash for your comment. :)

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  2. ...black is black Akki...my favorite too:) and you look so handsome in black:) Cheers!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sir for your compliments. :)

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  3. I also love black but as you say my wife thinks it is bad omen etc and throws ny black T shirts but then that is marriage.But I have read some where black is sign of superior intelligence.Have you ever seen a black well chiseled black beauty of a girl with big black eyes?

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    1. Thank you Captain, welcome to my blog! :)
      Black is a sign of superior intelligence? Oh I would like to believe that! :D

      And with women, I love them whatever color they are, I don't discriminate in that department! :)

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  4. You look good in black and so young in the first two pictures. Black is always in and only few can dare to wear black. :) :) :)

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    1. Thank you so much Saru for your nice words. I didn't realize it at first but yeah if I compare my first and the last pic, I realize how fat and old(er) I have become. :(

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    2. Not fat or older, wise and better looking...Anyways, what a day it was...614 members as I checked last...:)

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    3. :) Thank you Saru, very kind of you to say that. Yeah it was just crazy last night, 660 members and counting now. Thank goodness the madness had died down a bit. :):)

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    4. And you can concentrate on the quality of group. Big responsibility :)

      www.sarusinghal.com

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    5. Yes, hopefully. I am glad you have moved your blog to a custom domain. It was a long time coming. :)

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    6. You haven't posted since April. What's wrong? Writer's block or just busy???

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    7. I was busy until May 20th because of my IAS exams so I couldn't post anything but now I am free for a while but my thoughts seem cluttered everywhere and I am losing motivation to write. I am trying to write something meaningful but not able to come up anything worth. Will surely post soon. :) Thank you for thinking of me Saru when I haven't posted for a while. Would surely motivate me to write. :)

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  5. I also love black but I love other colours too.

    You have said you have embraced black because of your love who mostly wore black. In that case, the colour that you have dedicated your life to is Love, not Black!

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    1. WOW! That's a wonderful perspective Sir, I didn't try to look from that perspective at all. Made me feel so much better after reading your comment. :) Thank you so much! :)

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  6. oh my god you REALLY are one crazy black lover i must say!! unbelievable!

    it was really nice to see all your snaps. you were so thin once upon a time! and even for ethnic day - black!!! haha

    they say people who like black are charming :)

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    1. Yeah, I am a crazy Black lover! :D Actually only yesterday I realized it has actually been seven years, couldn't believe that I am wearing only black clothes for that long!

      Yeah as I told Saru above, I feel sad to see my first and the last pic. I was slim and handsome once, now fat and old! :(

      Yes, I am very charming as well. :D

      Thank you Ma'm again for your lovely comment. :)

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  7. Hm... Interesting. That is why your blog background is black too. Reminds me of my own obsession with the number 13 though everyone considers it unlucky.

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    1. Thank you TF for your comment and welcome to my blog! :) 13 has been my favorite number too apart from being my birth date. :)

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  8. OMG!!!Its a really crazy passion to wear only black. Dont you get bored wearing the same color everytime.... But I must say one need courage to follow such passion... Kudos to u:)

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    1. To be honest I never tried very hard to wear black all the time, it was a natural transformation. I don't get bored of wearing black at all, on the contrary if I don't wear black then I'll feel bored, I don't feel good at all. :)

      Thanks Ruchita and welcome to my blog. :)

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  9. Most interesting! featuring..
    through expressive evidences,
    emphasizes confidence.

    All in Black & White.:)Good post.

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    1. Thank you very much Sir for your encouraging words. Welcome to my blog. :)

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  10. First, good to know you have recovered.
    Wearing black all the time is unique. I wore full black cloths for the first time after seeing the movie QSQT.

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    1. Thank you so much Rajesh, recovery process is still on but doing much better now. Nice to know about your Black fixation too. :)

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  11. Hi Akshay

    Thats an odd passion you have out there....To me one needs variety in everything one does...Be it food, clothes etc etc...Live your life and live in variety is my motto ha ha....Anyways, once you clear your IAS exams, you may have to change this...As people coming to you will have trouble accepting an all-black officer ha ha

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    1. That's a great motto to have Jayashree. :) I like variety too (in my food, especially :D) but in terms of the clothes I wear it has to be black, always. I have gotten so used to it, it has become a way of life for me. :)

      Haha! you are right, if and when I clear my IAS, I might have to change or at least modify this part of my life but you never know people might accept an all-black officer too. :D

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  12. Oh I have typed a comment but as soon as I published some net prob occurred and i lost it :-( I hav to type it 1ce again now..

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    1. Oh my gosh Akshay, U were so slim earlier but have put on so much now. But u have grown more handsome along with time or let me say along with weight :-) Well, I too love black color and most of the stuffs I carry are of black. And yes even my clothes are been chosen by my mom even now, as even I am not into this department :)I wonder why do girls love shopping so much ;-) Glad to know our likes matches so much:)

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    2. Sonia, first of all thank you so much for commenting again after you faced bit of problems while commenting earlier, really appreciate it. :)

      Ahhh! Just tell me that I looked slim and handsome earlier, now I just look fat and old. :P
      You are being too kind when you say I have grown more handsome along with my weight. My health issues and a whole lot of tablets are the culprit for my weight issues, unfortunately. :(

      Wow! There are so many common things between us, so nice to know. You being a girl don't like shopping? Hmmmm that's surprising. I am also glad our likes matches a lot. Thanks Sonia. :)

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  13. Nice blog Akshay..Glad to have met you here..:-)

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    1. Thank you Nagini. Welcome to my blog! :)

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  14. Hey Akshay,
    Same pinch ;).Black's my favourite colour too. I've had a lot of black clothes too and lots of black-related stories too. Black certainly is beautiful. My personal blog was also all-black for over 3 years.
    I'll be your partner-in-black. :)

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    1. Here's hoping life will be normal for you. Here's wishing you many many more black clothes and many compliments for them. Take care.

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    2. Great.I finally found my partner-in-black. :) Would love to read about your black-related stories too. Thank you so much DN for your kind words, really appreciate it. :)

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  15. Black is indeed beautiful but I love a variety in colors.. I love light colors especially and I absolutely love white!

    Its nice to know that you are feeling much better now and its great to have a post from you after such a long time :) Take care and keep blogging :):)

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    1. Your love for a variety of colors is indeed evident in your beautiful posts. :)

      Thank you so much Arti for your care and concern. I am yet to recover fully but doing much better now. :)

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  16. Hi Akshay

    Pls check

    http://jaishwrites.blogspot.com/2012/05/versatile-blogger-award-hip-hip-hurrah.html

    Regards
    Jayashree(jaishvats)

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    1. Very kind of you Jayashree. Thank you so much for the award. :) And congrats to you too. :)

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  17. Hi Akshay,
    in fact, I was in Bangalore for the past week, and could not see you blog till now!. Nice photograph on yours on your Birthday.
    Black is lovely. You being in Bangalore is a bonus to wear black. I shudder to think , wearing black in Hyderabad , at this heat:-)

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    1. Hi Ma'm,
      Hope you had a nice vacation in Bangalore. And thank you so much for your kind words again. Yeah but Bangalore is getting very hot too, sometimes I kick myself for wearing black on a hot summer afternoon but you know old habits die-hard. :D

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  18. Nice post !! Black is sure good on you and go on with what you like.Arr.. I agree with Vetrimagal...black conducts so much heat ( Bad summer days)and yes..it gives so much back for the looks too ;)

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    1. Thank you Uma for the nice words and welcome to my blog. Yes, in-spite of the heat its hard for me to give up black. :P

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  19. Lovely post Akshay. It really describes who you are and how beautiful and unique your thoughts, heart and mind are. :) I am a fan of black too. And I must tell you.. black suits you very well and you look dashing. :) And though may not be completely, I could understand what that last sentence meant for you.

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    1. Thanks a lot Raj for coming back to my blog and reading a post which you had missed earlier, means a lot to me. :) Thanks a lot for the compliments too, very nice of you. :) Yes, wearing black on my birthday was special in many ways, thank you so much for understanding what it meant to me. :)

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  20. Wonderful blog, Akshay !! Black is my fave color too....but, I avoid wearing them during daytime in summers. I don't believe in superstitions, so wearing black has no restrictions for me.....
    I understand your anguish...ah! don't bother...go ahead!!! :))

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    1. Thank you very much Ma'm for your visit and your wonderful comment. Please do come back for more. :)

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  21. hmmm der was a time my entire wardrobe was full of blak clothes n den i dcided i want bsome change ever since i have started steerin clear of blak clothes while shoppin..hehehe....but the saying is that the color tht looks good on u is the color u like to wear:p

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    1. Exactly, Alka. The color that looks good on us, is the color we like to wear. In my case, the color which makes me look less fat is the color I like to wear. :D

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