I solemnly promise I had a brilliant title for this post when I was rattling my brains on what to write next on Saturday!! It was third Saturday and I was working and I forgot as the day ended. I rattled my brains again but I couldn’t find the title. So you and I both are stuck with this title.
Now the next question is why did I even choose such an interesting and common topic to write about. This titular question is asked on most of the celebrity shows. There are even short videos with celebs informing about their essentials they carry in the handbag or purse. Lot many bloggers have also written about “what they carry and what they carry in that they carry”. But why me. Obviously, I wanted to answer this question like a celeb since I watched celebs answering this question. It felt such an important question that needed to be answered. As Heidi has said in her blog, “you can really learn a lot about a person by the things they tote around with them” (Do check out her blog, it has got lots of mouth watering snacks. :)..)
My interest in this question piqued when my new colleague and friend casually commented that I have asked for the biggest handbag in the store. I now realize that I did ask for the biggest handbag. Now, women carry different types of bags for different purposes. To put Heidi’s comment in perspective, I will direct this post towards carrying a handbag daily while commuting to office. I love to read. As such, books form an essential item in my handbag. At least two books are always there in my handbag. I have already blogged about how only travelling to and from office is my only happy thing on a working day. So I spend my time reading and understanding the author’s intellect. And I am trying to inculcate a habit of scribbling my thoughts lest I forget (because I forget..!!). Naturally, my handbag has to be spacious enough to accommodate two books and a note pad. Not all women would like to read while travelling. They would like to keep their essential items list to minimum, and so the handbag would be smaller. I did figure that carrying a smaller handbag is easier and looks beautiful.
Now, I have also seen women carrying bigger totes with no books, including my mother. Here is what the essential items list is quite important. Women, like my mother, will have medicine kit occupying a larger space in their handbag. In comparison, some other women, including myself, will have an emergency makeup kit occupying a larger space in their handbag. As Ellie has said in her blog “someone always seems to need something so it’s good to be prepared”. My mother has a smaller, much smaller, space allocated to items such as pins, hand cream, face wash.
Now there is fashion angle too. See, even if we only carry the handbag while travelling, the handbag reflects our sense of and attention to fashion. Affordable fashion, chic fashion, luxury fashion, …name it ..have it. Some women change handbags frequently. Some women, like me, change when current one has visibly worn off. As such, I purchase only durable handbags. I like to pride myself as sensibly fashionable. Of course, there is trend of what celebs are carrying.
Lastly, every women has her own essential items list and her handbag should be able to accommodate them without creating any fuss. So the handbag reflects more about her priorities for herself. Her expectations from herself. Her daily battles with the world at large. It does not matter whether she is a celeb or not. It does not matter whether she is an office-goer or daily laborer. It is true that a woman in herself is an enigma and her mind has lot of things going on. The same is reflected on the one thing that is truly hers. No one can claim right to the handbag.
And so choosing a bag, finding a bag becomes all the more important. There is a fuss about finding right color, right size, right fit, and so many other rights. It is an exhausting and daunting task. So the titular question is very important for every woman and every woman has own answer. And she will be willing to share the answer with you. Next time, when the question is asked and answered, try to see the pride the woman has for herself. It speaks a lot about her.
P.S. Oh, in this article, I have been conscious about not using the term “very” after I read about an article titled “How can I improve my English vocabulary?” on Quora. The article is old and was recommended somehow today. Has any of the readers have made such efforts? I would love to know about them and improve myself.
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