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the clothes, in no way compromising upon creativity, intelligence and work ethics. If anything, I was presenting myself in the least superficial way possible, but getting flack fordoing so.I proceeded to a meeting scheduled with potential clients looking for a weddingphotographer. They had gone over my portfolio and sounded enthusiastic over the phone.They were of German descent, cultured and educated; there was no way they would give methe cold shoulder for going all nude.But I was wrong. As I sat in the lobby of the hotel waiting for them, I attracted questioning gazes, blatantstares and harsh looks. The couple entered, glowing and looking happy and in love andproceeded to the sitting area. They scanned the lobby before taking their seats. Finally, Istood up and took a few tentative steps toward them.
“George and Carla? What a pleasure it is to finally meet you. Let’s discuss some ideas, shall we?” I said excitedly.
Pin drop silence.
“Is everything okay?” I
“It’s just that… well… we were expecting someone… errr… umm” George sputtered, at a loss
“Someone dressed a little differently, perhaps?,”
a hint of humour in my tone. “My dressingshouldn’t change anything. I am a
hard working photographer
and I will deliver, that I
promise you. Shall we proceed?”
“Actually… my fiancé and I must dash, we’ll get back to you via e
mail at a later date,”
andsaying that they rushed out the door.I never received another e-mail or phone call from them.Moving on, I was ready to meet friends for lunch
Pakistanis who considered themselvesliberal, free minded and progressive. Though not completely non-religious, they were stillopen to multi-culturalism so I was sure they would be more accepting of my idea.
“M! Is that you? You silly goose what are you doing?” one of them screeched in the middle of
a well-known Thai restaurant.
“Well… if you must know, I’m getting back in touch with my
natural roots and givingNaturist
spirituality a go,” I replied, expecti
“Oh please, you can’t
, be a social artist and wake up one day wearing that,” they
scoffed, their unease and embarrassment at being seen with
a woman wearing nothing
“Youare either born with that mindset or you are not.”