Fashion, all over the world, has such a sway over anybody, especially with the youngsters and takes the centre stage, with the teenagers and adolescents of both sexes developing a deep-rooted passion for it.

Fashion does not confine to certain aspects. It may be about one’s dress, hair style, footwear, riding a latest model 2 wheeler, how they smoke, how they speak, how they behave in public places and so many endless aspects. But what has become more concern about it is that, it amounts to drugs, alcohol, and smoking, going to pub and dancing!

Fashion, of course, is not a bad idea. But to what extent one should go for it? To cite an example, fashion is like water to the crops. So long as there is sufficient water, there would be three crops yearly. But when there is a flood and the crops get submerged in the pool of stagnant water, it would destroy the whole crops. Likewise, fashion has some limits!

Until 70s, keeping sideburn (whisker) was considered as villainy. The movies portrayed villain having sideburns. But when the Australian cricket team, under the then captain Bill Lawry, visited

India to play 5 Test matches in the year 1969-70, their visit kicked up a new fashion among the young men. Some of their players like, Doug Walters and Paul Sheehan had long sideburns. Since then, young and old all over India wore this sideburn which still exists with some.

Similarly, the modern dresses the young girls wear now are the western culture which we have adopted. So long as there is a boundary in wearing the dress, it is okay. But dressing provocatively is not good for them. It, at times, leads to crime with some young men trying to seduce them.

Like jeans pants to young men, Salwar Kameez is to girls. It is more convenient to the ladies that even aged women also wear it now.

Another one considered as modern and Fashion is the mobile phone. It is not a bad idea carrying mobile phones. But it is mostly girls who keep talking over the phone when walking in the busy streets, or while crossing the railway tracks, too. So many girls had been fatally run over by train just because they were busy talking thus that they failed to notice the approaching train!

Knowing the weakness of the people, there emerged at least one Beauty Parlours in every two or three streets. These parlours are useful in one way or the other. Distorted noses or ears can be attended to. And so are pimples. There is nothing wrong in following the latest fashion provided one should not get affected by it.

About beauty, John Ruskin had said, “The most beautiful things in the world are the most useless -peacock and Lilies, for instance.”