both sides pierced

by visalakshi

Hi, i am visalakshi aged 36.I am
also nose pierced on both sides.I
would lkie to share my experience
through this forum.I was born in a
village near Thiruvaiyar in
Thanjavur dist of Tamilnad as the
youngest of 3 daughters and a
son.The eldest daughter was 12
years older to me and the second
daughter was 10 years older and
the brother was 6 years older.We
are orthodox iyer family and grew
up in the village. The village
custom in those days was that
girls were given the right nose
piercing at around 7-8 years and
were sent to school around that
age only.When they reached the
age of 15 the left nose was also
pierced and the average age for
marriage was 15-18, by which
time SSC would be
complete.Beyond SSC was rare.In
line with this policy my sisters
Kamakshi and Meenaksi got their
right nose pierced ar around
8.The eldest, Kamakshi also got
left nose pierced at 15 and got
married at 17 after completing
SSC.She is also wearing only 9
yards saree after marriage.The
next sister, Meenakshi got her left
pierced at 18 just before her
marriage on completing SSC. Now i
being the last and a bit pampered
had some relaxation.My right nose
was done when i was 10 and i
continued to do my HSC as well.I
was 19 when completed HSC and
soon a match got Feb. The
in laws however sought time of 6
months in order to cater to the
delivery schedule of their
daughter.There was also no talk of
left nose piercing by in laws as

well as my parents since times had
changed a lot from 1st marriage
to now ie a gap of around 15
years and village policy was also a
bit relaxed and double nose studs
was not compulsory.I was hoping
it would pass off with only the
right nose.Now the unexpected
happened.Suddenly 2 weeks after
my marriage got fixed a proposal
came for my brother too and got
fixed for April wedding.My mother
wanted her DIL to wear on both
sides but was hesitant to ask
them.Kamakshi stepped in and
told them that the bride should
wear on both sides as that was
the custom and all daughters are
following and DIL would be no
exception. They reluctantlu agreed
and my SIL who is only 3 months
older to me and is also HSC
passed like me got 2 nose
studs .At my brother's wedding my
il laws were also invited.At the
ceremony the 2 sambandhis
interacted and my in laws
wondered why their DIL should
not be wearing on both
sides.Immediately they took up
with my father and here again
Kamakshi stepped in and said that
it was a foregone conclusion that
my left nose would be pierced and
i was never exempt from family
traditions.Thus my fate was
sealed.At 19 i got married with
wearing sparkling diamond studs
on both the nostrils and am still
wearing them .The piece of
consolation is i am not wearing 9
yards like Kamakshi .Another good
news is that my husband's sister
also got her left nose pierced and
is wearing on both sides.Sorry for
the long story. Visalakshi

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