A lot of Indian women wear flowers in their hair.
I have to admit before moving to India I didn't know this. I asked my friend, "what does it signify?" He wasn't sure if it signified anything at all. "They just wear it for the scent and look of it," he told me.
Whenever I would see the girls walking around with the flowers in their hair, The Cowsills would pop into my head, and I'd be humming the tune all day.
One day, my friend came home and surprised me with flowers of my own.
I thought the flowers were so pretty, I took lots of pictures of them.
Then, after sniffing their lovely scent over and over again, I put the flowers in MY hair.
"You did that on your own?" My friend asked, shocked, once he saw the flowers in my hair. "How did you know how to do it?"
"I don't know," I replied. "I saw how the women were wearing them and pinned it in. It was so simple." He continued to look at me as if I had just spoken fluent Hindi to him, not as if I simply pinned a string of flowers in my hair.
And then, we went out - with the flowers in my hair - and I felt beautiful.
I will never forget these beautiful and amazing smelling flowers. What a perfect, natural way to look and smell wonderful. I kept mine as long as I could, which was about three days, before I had to toss them. But, they are found on almost every street corner.
They are hand strung with love. <3