As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu puts it, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
As Indians we all know that the conventional Indian look is incomplete without a bindi on the forehead, but over the decades, has the bindi lost its significance and implication?
Prabhleen Kaur & Aroona Bhat – The Deadly Duo!
So when Prabhleen Kaur, all the way from the quaint town of Ferozepur in Punjab landed in Bombay to chase her acting career, she was astounded by the fact that the least amount of importance was given to the one thing that adorns a woman’s forehead, the bindi! While there were very few bindi makers in the first place, what they had to offer was appalling! Prabhleen had had enough and she decided something had to be done about it.
Determined to alter the perspective of the bindi in today’s changing fashion world Prabhleen turned entrepreneur despite being caught up with her acting assignments. It was a coincidental encounter with Aroona Bhat that the duo came up with the idea of BookMyBindi, an online bindi portal, India’s first ever.
With her name registered in the Limca Book of Records for having the single largest collection of handmade bindis, Aroona’s solitary purpose is to propagate the bindi.
When she came to Bombay in ’98, maximum city’s illumination fascinated her. Gone were the black and red dots; in came remarkable designs and vivid colors. As days passed by, her designs became more vibrant and intricately designed. Since then, Aroona has never repeated a Bindi design which justifies her holding the world record. Her staunch belief that every individual has a unique identity and it can be highlighted by wearing bindis.
Aroona is an image consultant, a trained voice over artist and has been felicitated with ‘A Woman of Substance’ award by the Smile Foundation in Mumbai.
While Aroona designs the bindis, Prabhleen plans the course of action and executes it. All bindis are handcrafted, safe on the skin and made of the finest quality products. So, when Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez and other stars from the western hemisphere can sport the bindi, what’s stopping us?