The Cleavage Conundrum

India is a land of rich cultural heritage and traditional values, which we as indians, are definitely proud of. Let me make this very clear that neither am I against Pallus on head nor am I against exposing cleavage (flaunt it if you’ve got it… none of my business)! My question is plain and simple. Why this hypocrisy ? I do not understand the logic of it.


Okay, let me come straight to the point. After eight years of living in the Delhi & NCR region, I have come to a conclusion (after thorough observation) about women hailing from a particular region of North India. This is about how well they cover more than half of their faces (irrespective of the fact that their pallus might be blocking their vision) while more than half of their well-endowed bosoms are left free to pop out of their blouses, dangling as they walk.


Here I have two questions to ask:

  1. Why the hypocrisy of covering faces and risking tripping over to break a bone? Be free, be modern, live with complete vision.
  2. If you are traditional/conservative enough that you would not expose your faces in front of the world, then how come several inches below the face, you become an epitome of boldness?

I mean it can either be this or that, right? Well, another perspective to look at this sect of ladies can be that they are the perfect examples of “Where Eat meets West”! A blend of the traditional and the modern! Ha ha… Whatever their logic be, it is beyond my comprehension.

P.S. Thank you Vineeta Asthana Maám for helping me with the images.


About Surabhi Pandey 292 Articles
A former TV Presenter at Doordarshan Delhi​, Surabhi is the author of 'Nascent Wings' and 'Saturated Agitation'. She is a freelance journalist focused on Lifestyle and Social commentaries. She has been writing in this space for six years. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Times of India, YP SG, Lifestyle Collective, Youth Ki Awaaz and Re:ad Poetry among others. She also writes Tech articles that have appeared on Tech Collective, Kr Asia, SBO.SG, SYNC PR, Entrepreneur and e27. She is the founder of The Vent Machine.

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