Everyone knows the fashion world is constantly changing and this can only mean that the list of fashion mistakes is constantly changing as well. Such a design is impossible of realization, even though former colonies continue to honor the tongue of the mother country as the prime foreign language in high school curricula. We are not at all talking of a radical cultural severance. Because of the huge difficulties to be overcome in mastering the African linguistic mosaic, some observers in Europe are convinced that we will not be up to the challenge, that we will be unable to undertake a change requiring so much human energy, so much intellectual lucidity, so much creative thinking. It is worth noting why attention grabbing companies use celebrities to advertise their products. All age groups are attracted to television, films and radio personalities and like to be identified with them. The truth is when it comes to skin care and age spot removal neither the advertising companies and their celebrities are remotely concerned about you or your skin condition. Can you seriously believe that any of those reputedly famous personalities are themselves convinced that the product they are promoting is good? Frankly, it beggars belief when you know that the only interest the celebrity has is one of financial gain and age spots removal and skin care in general is just a nominal consideration. MW: For me, yes. Three or four years ago I used to use a rinse-off facial cleanser, but I was advised by a facialist not to use tap water on my face because it really dries the skin out. This is an unconventional style with bright and bold colors and exaggerated prints. The clothes and accessories will have unusualÂ silhouettes in strange shapes. Mostly handcrafted accessories and handmade fabrics. My African people educated me, my grandma was my primary informant and life teacher(Schooling, too). When I write our history as an African person, I utilize history and many disciplines to cohere and present a serious read on African history of Africans in South Africa. I am not blaming anyone here, I am stating historical facts and truths. These are aids in assisting the African readers to make the necessary connection in order to adjust their present reality for a better and informed future. Men’s style has continued to evolve. However, one thing is certain: Trends come and go. Many of them develop into newer trends that take parts of the past to propel the future. However, they are all temporary. What rarely changes is the classic style. From the 1930s until today, the cut of the suit has been modified a hundred ways, but we’ve still consistently worn suits. The trick to being an international man of style is to stick with the standard principles at the core and forget the new and modern trends.
The issue of classism in Rushdie’s story brings to light the immigrant’s need to connect to their homeland regardless of where they are geographically. Unlike the nicknaming and the acceptance of pop culture for the sake of fitting in, the need to connect to the old countryâ€ reflects a desire to be accepted as who one is. The immigrant doesn’t want to lose touch with who they are and where they come from. In Indian culture, Mary would be considered the helpâ€ or a servant. This denotes a lower caste. Instead of sleeping with the family, she sleeps on a mat outside in the hallway. However, she is highly regarded as part of the family in that she is seen affectionately as a grandmotherlyâ€ figure or ayah. In this respect, the family holds on to some of the cultural morays of their homeland. The father also displays some personal dissatisfaction with his life in London. According to Rushdie, his father (Abba), initially, was always in a bad disposition, drank heavily and isolated himself from his family. (I’m not sure if the father having his own flat is a result of the sexist and classist Indian culture, but the fact that he made decisions without his wife’s consult is a clear indication of chauvinism.) Rushdie’s sort-of-cousin,â€ Chandni, also reflects the pull between the need to identify as Indian, all the while surrendering to the wiles of the dominant pop culture. She was training to be an Indian classical dancer, Odissi as well as Natyam, but in the meantime she dressed in tight black jeans and a clinging black polo neck jumper and took me, now and then, to hang out at Bunjie’s, where she knew most of the folk-music crowd that frequented the place, and where she answered to the name of Moonlight, which is what chandni means. (Rushdie 187)â€ The old family friend that Rushdie beat in chess, in some ways, reflects the awkwardness of Indian immigrants in a land and culture that are not their own. The fact that this man was an old India handâ€ denotes that he may have served in the military there under British rule. The nicknames that Rushdie gave him (Suffolk of Field Marshal Sir Charles Lutwidge-Dodgson and The Dodoâ€) carry various meanings. Field Marshal denotes military rank. Sir Charles Lutwidge-Dodgson was the writer of Alice in Wonderland in which The Dodo was a character. The Dodo could mean princeâ€ or an awkward bird. Either way, this was one of Rushdie’s many disrespectful nicknames for the adults around him that was a clear reflection of their character. The Dodo, according to Rushdie, appeared to be awkward in his British surroundings. Rushdie described the man’s situation as hellâ€ because he didn’t fitâ€ in his own surroundings.