Return of the Jholna Pai

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I can't help laughing as I see modified versions of the jholna pai becoming hep these days. I don't think it has caught on much back home yet, but in Singapore it's doing rounds like crazy.

For the uninitiated, jholna pais are what journalists in movies back in the 80s used to carry about and go. They are also the bags that people in their 60s and 70s take when they go out. I remember how a few years back I would find the very idea of taking one out revolting. And it's back!

Of course, not in the same paccha-manjal-jingucha-plus-white-stripes style. Now they carry 'cool' pictures, words et al. One of my classmates last semester had one with a huge Om on it (Not shutting up, I asked her if she knew what it was - she said 'It's Indian' - oh, I didn't know that!!! She was non-Indian, by the way..)

Other friends of mine have funky coloured and funkily worded ones, and they look good! I remember my grandmother having one which I used to think was good even during those years when I detested the jholna pais; it was one with a camel painted on it, and looked what we would call 'ethnic and chic'. And if I remember right, some relative flicked it! :(

And talk about fashion doing a cycle!!!

32 comments:

Vivhyd said...

hey vani.. long time!!! jholna pai - means like shoulder bag kind of? i think if thts wht u mean - i have seen old movie heroes carrying it arnd.. well i think the pais with mirror and all is cool I guess.. wht say?

Aravind said...

Hey Vani,
inga kooda, I saw some college girls carrying jolna pai.. But I dont think it has caught on to that extent here!

Aravind said...

Like jolna pai there are a few things reappearing .Even the bell bottoms were looking like coming back .

Sheks said...

LOL :D.bell bottoms mathiri jholna pai's still alive???BTW have u come across yellow-bag from madurai??

Ramya said...

Yup! Manja pai paathiya? Jholna pai's kku vaazhvu!!

TamilPonnu said...

Yea.. I got into the hype.. I didnt care for the Jholna pai till I saw my friends carrying them..It's huge in the DC area.. I get compliments on my pai everytime I carry it..

Anonymous said...

he he, Pisa... naan bombay-la vaangina pai jholna pai types thaan! :D Toolazy to log in...
Sandhya

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

indha range lap pona..thuni kada peru potta manja pai will also start coming back..kashta kaalam :)

Vani Viswanathan said...

Vivhyd,
Hi!!! Yes, a really long time! :) and yeah, the jholna pai is the shoulder bag...and the bag with mirrors: damn cute!! :D

aravind,
seekrama vandhudum, kavalaye padavendam!

Vani Viswanathan said...

hey there's another aravind here!
hello aravind,
thank god bell bottoms haven't become formal men's wear yet!!!

sheks,
manja pai? of course! even they're making a comeback - people are giving these away in weddings these days!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

ramya,
serious-a....vazhvudaan...aana paravailla, konjam modify panni daan irukku, so paaka nallave irukku!

tamilponnu,
lol!! compliments?? way to go, girl!

Vani Viswanathan said...

sandhya somberi,
neeyum vangitiya? ;)

vijay r,
sollamudiyadhu, nariya chance irukku....manja pai eduthundu poradhu pudhu fashion-a aidum! (really funny to imagine girls going around carrying pothys manja pai!)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

:D..Hey, get me a singapore jolna pai dee..:))

Vani Viswanathan said...

anu,
yekkov, unakku illamiya?? :)nalladha kadaicha vangikinnu varen!

Harish said...

take my word.. veththalai pottis will replace pencil cases!

Anonymous said...

Well if they look nice they r sure to make a come back...

kausikram krishnasayee said...

jolna ...wan me to senda a numba ooru joolna to u?

~phobiac~ said...

jolna pai-a !!

everytime I see those....door 2 door sales thaan mind-ku varum !!!

soap, oothubaththi and stuff....

Vani Viswanathan said...

harish,
lol....solla mudiyadhu, vandalum vandurum...
vethala petti nale mmkr daan nyabagam varudhu...style-a suttundu pora paati....hehehe

Vani Viswanathan said...

anon,
guess so...they sure will be seen in india very soon!!

mark,
romba thanks, vandhu vangikaren....nalla jatax orange-la irundha vangi vei...

phobiac,
hey jolna pai eduthunda inda sales ellam pannuvanga? isn't it with the huge thuni kadai jute bag? neenga romba pazhaiya kalathuku poiteenga polarke! :D

the woman said...

Hmmm... don't really know which one you're talking about. I'll figure it out sometime *rolls eyes*

Sheks said...

u may not believe this but this is true.i happened to c yellow bags with pictures of mgr and rajini.

biju said...

it is the in-thing at home too.. with the girls that is :D

rsubras said...

dont know how i happen to miss all your cute posts :) (the previous one on Street dogs) and land up on a kadi post :p (not exactly kadi...less interesting than previous i meant... chumma kalaikarathukkaga solrathu avlothan..plz dont kandukkatheengo)

Vani Viswanathan said...

thewoman,
Hey, they're basically those bags without zips with a looong handle...let's see...have you seen the bags in chinatown which you can get 3 for $10? ;)
[shows off her singapore knowledge!]

sheks,
i've seen those bags with amma's pictures....bah! ;)

Vani Viswanathan said...

biju,
hold on....you'll see it get popular with guys too...just wait a while and see! :)

rsubras,
pls don't kandukatheengo? lol!
paravailla, vudunga...so everytime you visit my blog, you can be sure the previous post is the one you'll like, so you can read that!! :)

Neha said...

heheehehe!!! they ARE kinda cute but for that color. If that is fixed then it be cool I guess :)

the woman said...

Hehe, yes yes, I figured it out and know which one you're talking about already.

Ps: Thanks for the link. Didn't quite expect it. :)

Vani Viswanathan said...

neha,
jingucha colours are getting hip, though...but i think in a while, the colours will get decent too! ;)

thewoman,
good! agree that it's a trend here? :)
and don't mention!!

biju said...

hmmm.. guys too?? well, the world's a changing..

happened to see these "zip" bags which are essentially long strips of cloth that can be zipped round-and-round into a jholna-look-alike... :) hv u seen them?

Vani Viswanathan said...

biju,
No! I'm trying really hard to visualize what you've said, but it's all wierd! :P guess i have to see one to understand! wow, we have good innovations coming about! ;)

biju said...

This is the best I could do

http://kjx.en.alibaba.com/product/50079825/50367483/ladies_tote_bag/Ladies_Zipper_Tote_Bag/showimg.html

http://hi-ana.en.alibaba.com/product/50056483/50344309/Zippers_Accessories/Original_Zipper_Bags.html

When unzipped it can be rolled into a roll.