Monday, February 6

The mystery cross-dressing gene


There is not a single shred of doubt in my mind. My family has some mystery kinky gene that causes cross- dressing. 

Shocked? Its actually not that bad .Let me clarify.

Our old family albums are full of cringe-worthy pictures of me dressed as Lord Krishna (in Dhothi and all) and of my brother dressed as a girl. And one would have to squint to recognise the boy hiding behind the lipstick, frock, bhindi, bangles and fountain pony tail. 
My parents wanted a daughter and a son and got one of each 'variety' .So why dress up their daughter like a boy and the son like a girl ?

Really beats me.. 

And its just not us, all my cousins have similar gender-confusion pictures in their respective family albums.

The second favorite pass-time in the family is, of course, photographing kids in their..erm.. birthday suits. How horribly embarrassing! As if they need to document the presence of the family jewels and tell the future brides that come into the family "See, all's well !";-) 

I hope fervently that the gene decided to miss me and I don't toture other kids this way. Time will only tell..Sigh!



You have such embarrassing pics of yourself  in your family albums? Do share your horror stories...and make me feel better :-)

40 comments:

Sampige said...

Are you kidding! I have one of my younger dressed in pattu pavadai and all my jewelry. It shall be held over his head every he refuses to do something I ask of him. FB tagging is a very powerful tool. Use it ;)). These cutie pies grow up to be teenagers you know.

Best wishes :), eat well and be happy.
My3
(for all your readers, the above statement is a spoof. Not the picture but the rest of it)

Sampige said...

Changed the title again? I guess bedrest is good for you. It is forcing you to come up with new names.
My3

Bhargavi said...

Oh gosh! Poor son of yours :-)..Finding his pattu-paavadai clad photo in FB must easily be his worst nightmare. But must say is a great idea that can be used as a excellent arm-twisting strategy ..

Bhargavi said...

The last one didn't just feel right and after 3 years of calling this blog Bedazzled(I know..totally trite), I got so sick of that name ! This one will stay for a while, i hope. Oh no ,I am no longer on bed rest(yay!). If i were , I would probably be one grouchy person writing bullshit here ;-)

PeeVee™ said...

I have one as Krishna but not much else unless you count me making faces at the camera. But to compensate there are a ton of my brother's butt naked pictures which I'm going to start using as blackmail items once he finds a girlfriend :D *evil laugh*

Vaish said...

Haha..You are not the only one!
I think all indian parents mindset would be to take a picture of their baby on the new born birthday dress ;)
I'm the only daughter, so my mom disguised me like Lord Krishna, Bharathiyar(tamil poet), apart from Radha, Meera, Indhira Gandhi and Andal(another indian god)! Phew! A fancy dress without any competition!

kala said...

Lolzzzz i too have some in school days dressed like a man for a dance show at that time it was fun ;) Now i hate to look at those pics :)

Bhargavi said...

Pv.. I wonder why this Krishna one is a hot favorite among moms. Ah, you have a lot of blackmail material at hand! All brother's girlfriends need to watch out .. and better be nice to us ;-)

Bhargavi said...

Vaish.. oh God !Even reading about your avatars made me feel like I was in a fancy dress pageant..I remember Indira Gandhi used to be a favorite way back.. and so was Andal. My sympathies..;-) And I wonder what the birthday suit photo connection is with Indian parents.. Some really vetti sociologist should do some research on it ..

Bhargavi said...

Kala..Dance shows are not bad, actually ! Not entirely like when your parents willfully subject you to fancy dress nightmare (sans the competition!).. but like you say I am sure it would have been fun way back when we posed around feeling all important and amused.. Maybe the solution to this is we shouldn't grow up and remain 5 years forever :-)

popbiscuit said...

I somehow escaped this but the husband did not.Looking through family albums my mother-in-law shared, he is in multiple pictures as an infant and toddler dressed in his sister's frock, petticoat and even a pretty little bonnet in one!

Ava Suri said...

In every kiddie pic of mine, I was painfully scrawny and my hair was always flying this way and that. God, I couldn't bear to look at myself. I was ug..

Uma said...

lolol...
nope I didn't suffer such miseries..:-)

phatichar said...

That's a very India phenomenon, don't worry - you're not alone.

The Lord Krishna thingy (thankfully they dressed me and not my sister) is as common as they come.

I see that happening every other generation. "Oh...so cute - what the hell, he's so small anyway, he won't remember. And those curly tresses...awww."

And the next thing I know, I'm wearing this ghaagra choli and posing for pics happily. Grrrr.

Great blog you have here..will return for more. Keep writing! :)

Bhargavi said...

pop.. lucky you! Actually I think boys have a higher probability of getting cross-dressed more than us. Wonder why ! Bonnet - wah! Now thats totally ingenious..

Bhargavi said...

Ava.. same pinch same pinch ! For me it was more like my teenage pics.. I wish i could bury them so that nobody will ever set eyes on them ;-)

Bhargavi said...

Uma.. lucky you!

Bhargavi said...

Phatichar.. Welcome here..Oh, this You-are-so-chubby-and-cute-so-i'll-pinch-your-cheeks-anyway-you-are-too-small-to-have-an-opinion phase is so horrible and to make matters worse random aunties will lend their saris/bobby pins/lipstick and dress lil boys as God knows what..Hope you escaped the ghagra-choli routine :-)
And thanks for liking the blog. Looking forward to seeing you here again..

phatichar said...

I didn't! That's precisely what I said...that 'dam(n)sel in de tresses' be me :(:(

Glad to be here..please do take out time to visit mine. And oh..sent you an email - do check :P

Smita said...

Thankfully I was spared and am making full efforts to save my Son despite the efforts of my MIL ;)

Kanthu said...

Somehow I escaped the drama of being dressed like Krishna, or like a girl or in the Birthday suits and being photographed. But my younger brother wasn't so lucky u see. But its real fun when you go through those pics 15 or 20yrs later. They make such wonderful memories...:-)

R-A-J said...

burned 'em. all of 'em. got grounded for a month or something. lost those moments forever....

totally worth it..:D

Bhargavi said...

Sri.. My bad.. Missed the part about you not going through the torture ;-)

Bhargavi said...

Smits.. Oh God, poor child ! May you be successful in your endeavor to protect the boy :-)

Bhargavi said...

Kanthu.. Welcome here! Well, you got lucky..Yeah , in a way its fun looking back at those photographs, but not so much for the people featuring in the photos , na? :-)

Bhargavi said...

Raj.. Gosh ! you really did that ??!! I would never muster the courage to do something like that.. but the best part is that there wont be any embarrassing moments when the mother shares the album with your gf/wife :-)

Archana Chari said...

Bhargavi :)

I have so many pictures of my brother like that. All only until he was 3 or something like that. It was fun, though!

Bhargavi said...

Archana..Welcome here!YEah, I've noticed that the pics stop abruptly after mine turned 4 or so..Its fun if the pics are of the sibling and not yourself ;-)

Asha said...

I was wondering when i saw 'Raindrops....'on my blog roll. Only after reading the name did i realise it was you.

Mmmmmmmmm regarding the post. No Krishna or Radha in my house but yes poses in various dresses for me and my younger sis. The one I cherish most is me in a marwari sari when i was in class 2.

Bikramjit said...

I know .. apprantley when i was a kid i had nice round chubby cheeks os my mother dressed me like a girl with pony tails and all .

not just ur family i guess we got that gene tooo he he he :)

and then because i was the only boy a change came where every time there was a fancy dress or something in school i was dressed in a achkan and all and have a crown as a king ...

thankfully never as a god or anything like that ..

Bikram's

Meera Ganesh said...

I am lucky - no birthday suit pictures and no cross dressing, all pretty dresses and pavadais and saris for me, growing up. Now my brother is another story. They wanted a grandson to carry the family name so I get the whole lets photograph him with the family jewels. He, though insisted on wearing a pavadai for my athai's wedding and we have enough pictures to embarrass him for the rest of his life. Tormenting your brother can be so much fun >:{)>

Vidya said...

Oye, where did my comment go? Or did i ignore the captcha?!

Anyways, the gist of the comment was that i've not dressed my boys like girls even with highest power quarters:) Lets see what this mommy is going to do:)

Bhargavi said...

Asha.. Marwari dress.. nice.. I wouldnt have minded that ! lol.. Somebody else also said that they got confused with the change in name ;-)

Bhargavi said...

Bikramm.. lol.. You in pony tails and all ..:-) Actually , I dont think i would have minded being dressed as a female God , what kinds cheesed me off was being dressed like some male God !You should post your fancy dress pics on the blog sometime.. King is not so bad ;)

Bhargavi said...

Meera.. ha ha! Atleast in this regard the men have it worse than us... You have enough blackmail material on hands thanks to those paavadai chatti pics :-)

Bhargavi said...

Vidya.. Comment moderation is not on.. so i have no clue ! I might do fancy dresses.. but never cross-dressing.. I am certain of that :-)

LG said...

Ah, I had a boring childhood. Not only was I ever cross dressed, but in fact never photographed much - make allowances for the era that I was born in !

Bhargavi said...

LG (reminds me of LG perungayaam ;-)).. lucky you ! oh, you are not that old, come on.. :-)

Chetan said...
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Chetan said...

I wish I had an elder sister and I wish something happened with me like this... :)