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The Terror Tale of the Tailor

This tale resonates deeply with a lot of people who have experienced the heartbreak of a ruined Eid outfit at the hands of a tailor. It’s a nightmare that happens all too often, turning excitement into despair very quickly

Update : 16 Apr 2024, 08:00 PM

Picture the quintessential girl next door: a 20-something-year-old brimming with aspirations and big dreams, yet the smallest things can bring her joy. It’s right after Iftar. She just finished her chores and is lying down in her bed. Ignoring the persistent notifications of pending work, she scrolls through the endless feed of Instagram.

It is just a series of memes, reels, and blogs, and then she sees it. Her gaze is locked on the most elegant and beautiful Lavender Kurti, which takes her breath away. Love at first sight? Absolutely. It’s as if fate has intervened, presenting her with the perfect outfit for Eid. Yet, a pang of disappointment washed over her as she realized there was no way to simply purchase the dress, she would have to get it made.

So the next day, she gets down on the field. Cracking her knuckles at the entrance of Gausia, let the hunt for the perfect fabric begin.  The air in Dhaka hangs heavy with the familiar scent of pollution and temperatures soaring to 36°C. Fasting and undeterred, she is on a mission and she can’t succumb to dehydration.

It’s destiny when she spots the breathtaking lavender georgette fabric from afar, despite her poor eyesight. She runs towards it and stares dreamily at it for a good minute until she is brought back to reality by the shopkeeper. The next 10 minutes go into bargaining and she does a fantastic job pretending she doesn’t really need this, which is why she is able to fetch a great price. She goes home content.

The next challenge is explaining this to her tailor. She has had her fair share of bad experiences with tailors but she hopes everything will go smoothly this time. She painstakingly explains every detail with utmost care, leaving no room for misunderstanding. Though she senses his skepticism, particularly regarding the deep neck design, she brushes it off. All that matters is bringing this beautiful creation to life, no matter what.

The dress will be ready 5 days before Eid. She can’t wait. She spends the next day buying clothes for everyone else in the family and relatives. As the elder daughter, that’s her duty to tend to everyone but this one time, she wants her own to be perfect as well. She buys beautiful silver-coloured jewelry. Oh, her Instagram reels and her snaps are going to be absolutely perfect! After all, while caring for everyone else, she deserves this moment of perfection for herself.

The day has come but the dress is nowhere to be seen. The tailor keeps saying it will be ready the next day but it never does. Her friends are sharing what they will wear on their messenger group chat, beautiful and vibrant Punjabis and Kurtis. Usually, she is indifferent to such matters, but now she can’t help but feel major FOMO (fear of missing out).

Finally, it’s Chaand Raat and the dress is here! Excitement courses through her veins as she eagerly unwraps the package, anticipation reaching its peak. However, something feels off. In Gen-Z’s terms, the dress ain’t dressing like it’s supposed to. But she quickly dismisses the thought. It will look perfect when she slips it on. Except she can’t. Frantically, she wrestles with the stubborn garment, only to be met with the heart-wrenching sound of the fabric tearing up.

All the waiting, all the anticipation, shattered in an instant. Standing before the mirror, she’s confronted with the stark reality of defeat. This tale resonates deeply with a lot of people who have experienced the heartbreak of a ruined Eid outfit at the hands of a tailor. It’s a nightmare that happens all too often, turning excitement into despair very quickly. Thus unfolds the chilling terror tale of the tailor.

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