TODAY -

Winter - A blessing in disguise for us thin dudes

Samarjit Kambam *

Winter Morning Fog in Imphal, Manipur :: December 2008
Winter Morning Fog in Imphal in December 2008 :: Pix - Mayum Networks



Are you the kind of guy who abstain yourself from wearing tight to medium T-Shirts during hot sunny days even though you desperately want to? Are you the type who wants to put on T-Shirts of different hues imprinted with beautiful logos and maxims but gets too shy to put on them 'cos you are ultra thin?

When someone gave a remark to you that you are too thin, are you the kind of person who runs out of answer, fumbles to yourself and replies that trousers get loose during that particular month?

Are you among the others where ounces of water get deposited between your collar bones when you take a shower? Have others told you that you look like a rib-cage? If all the questions apply to you, then welcome to the club.

I too am a guy who likes wearing T-Shirts during summer but the stumbling block is that I am too thin that I look like a malnourished and disheveled extra-terrestrial from another galaxy deliberately left by his buddies and getting lost on the highway.

Oh! The looking mirror has become my greatest enemy for giving me mental pain whenever I look at it. Whenever I put on a T-Shirt, I would look like a scare-crow. The state of affairs is even more pathetic than that. I look more like a "scare-crowd", a human repellant, one who scares the shit out of the crowd because of my sliced bamboo-thin body.

I am a metal head, so I have hell lotta collections of T-Shirts imprinted with picture of Kurt Cobain, Brain Drill, Pantera, Obituary, Halloween, Avenged Sevenfold and many others imprinted with maxims such as 'Catch Me if You Can', 'Hate Me', 'Girls, Raise Your Hands Who Don't Want Me', 'Divorce Me, I Wanna be Single', 'Sorry Girls, Am Married', 'Kick Me Not, 'Freezing Hot Burning Cold' etc etc.

I was born in the month of September and there are T-Shirts imprinted with "Legends are Born in September". I have purchased one on-line but wear it only inside my house for I have this phobia of wearing it and going out in public places as I am quite conscious of my thinness and the aura of oddity emitted by me like carrying a monkey at my back wherever I go.

So, I wear loose and long sleeved casual shirts during summer without tugging in the lower parts of the shirts inside my pair of jeans to cover my thin arms, wrist and my flat TV butt. Being an insomniac makes things worse for me. My 'lack of sleep' eyes along with my thin body make others to look at me as though I am a zombie, an undead or a deadite. Besides, I eat like a sparrow, so gaining weight and me are miles apart. My body weighs like a 12 years old. Pity me.

I took supplements to give me appetite but non of them works on me. Whenever I go to a physician for a medical check-up, there was nothing wrong with me. I took all possible medical tests ranging from MRI, ECG, Ultrasound, Sugar Level, LFT, KFT, ENT, CT Scan to Thyroid Test, scanned all the way up and down the alimentary canal and the likes but found nothing wrong with my body. My blood pressure always remains normal. Unable to diagnose with anything, the doctor who checked me almost went nuts.

Sometimes I feel like a pathological walking museum with a perfectly fine body. If many more freaks like me go to that same doctor, the doctor will lose his sanity, I guess. The last time, I left him with his sanity hanging by a thread. Maybe my problem is just an 'imagination ailment' and I doubt that doctors are taught about imagination ailments. Could it be mental stagnation on my part or am I an autistic, retarded, introvert, bumbling and misprinted guy? Questions galore. No answers.

We, the humans are "never satisfied" homo sapiens whose predecessors were hairy apes. During summer we complain about too much heat and in winter we complain about being too cold, particular in a state like ours. To some other cold countries where snow gets covered everywhere during the whole winter season, summer time is more preferred. But for us the most salubrious season is the spring season which is neither too hot nor too cold.

No doubt, most old aged ones die during winter due to rapid decrease of body temperature. So, winter season is cursed by many and particularly the old aged ones. Some experts say that thinner persons feel more cold than fatter ones in winter. I don't know how far it is true, but everybody feels cold during winter. It's not that I prefer winter more than summer.

Truly speaking, I hate both the summer and winter seasons other than the spring season which I have mentioned above. Except a few exceptional ones who are too healthy or are not susceptible to cold, bathing with cold water in the morning is kinda torture. No doubt, winter is no better than summer and summer is no better than winter too.

I want to bring home the point that, most of us thin ones feel a little comfortable in winter. It doesn't imply that we love the cold. In fact, we are the ones who have to brave the cold than the healthier, strong built ones. The reason why I give the title of this piece as "Winter - a blessing in disguise for us thin dudes" has some palpable reasons.

During the winter, we don't have to look like prisoners in kept in solitary confinement with impression of rib bones clearly visible when you wear T-Shirts. The thing is that during winter, we can make some changes in our appearances making us look a little bit stouter. And how do we do that? As you all know, we wear multiple clothing one of top of the other.

There are times when I used to put on five layers of clothing beginning from vest, two T-Shirts, one casual shirt above them and a thick jacket on top of all. As for clothing below the west, there were times when I used to put on two underwears, one pair of tight fitting stretchable track suit type pant and a pair of jeans or trousers above it.

That makes me look thicker to a certain extent. However, it is not comfortable because during afternoon time, I feel like summer but I have made myself accustomed to it.

Now, being winter I am not faced with the most uncomfortable question of, "What has happened to you? You look too thin. Were you ill?". Instead some who are concerned about apparels used to compliment me with, "Hey, your jacket looks nice" with the matter of my thin appearance completely kept at the backburner. A few years back, when I was going for a morning jog, I came across one of my thin dudes who was also jogging fitted with all the apparels of a sportsman.

I wondered how he looked so physically stout. To my utter surprise, I saw a pair of jean trousers under the track suit he was wearing and layers and layers of tees and woollen jerseys under his sports jacket. So, I thought "Oh! It wasn't only me". So, as long as it is winter, it comes as a boon for us thin ones even though it is chilly and cold. We brave it anyhow and try our best to look stouter.

We, the thin ones don't want the winter to end even though others may absolutely disagree. And one thing I like about winter is that there are no mosquitoes and there is a slight increase in appetite. Hail Winter!


* Samarjit Kambam wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on November 14, 2017.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Match: 4th Women's Polo #1: Gallery
  • CAB Protest [17 Jan] : Gallery
  • Ranjit Ningthouja : Profile of a playwright
  • Poetry Of Manipuri Women Authors #3
  • Bird's Eye view at 'Go To School' Mission
  • 10 % reservation & ST demand ?
  • Poetic Justice - III :: Poem
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Legislative Assistant to MP- Fellowship
  • The changing face of Manipuri youths
  • Rolling up sleeves for ST tag
  • Symbolism in the Tribal Art #1
  • Chongdeinem, Abothem :: eMing
  • ST Demand - Poster Campaign : Gallery
  • Retrospective View On Driver's Day
  • Integrated farming & its importance
  • Nightingales in winter :: Poem
  • Tour to Delhi for border area students
  • Nagaland Cabinet Meeting on CAB
  • Gaan-Ngai @Chingmeirong : Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai - festival of Kabui #1
  • Protest against CAB [Jan 15] #2: Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai, Festival of Zeliangrong
  • Understanding Mao Tse-Tung
  • Of Vernacular & my Enlightenment..
  • Teacher wanted at Tekcham High School
  • Demanding release of Kishorechandra
  • BJP's Agenda : Curtain raised
  • Topping in enrolment in pvt schools
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #1 : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai :: Flash Presentation
  • CAB Protest [16 Jan] : Gallery
  • Dr Thokchom Asha: Teacher Award
  • Cry of a Dying River - 62 :: Poem
  • Occasion & festivity as career choice
  • Rejoinder to NDPP on CAB by NPF
  • Saving tomorrow for our children
  • Open invitation to Mission schools
  • Women's Intl Polo [Jan 17] : Gallery
  • A Hymn for Goddess Emoinu
  • Manipur tops enrolment in private schools
  • Variance of laboratory results
  • A Christian perspective on solidarity #2
  • Naga International Trade Fair at Dimapur
  • Has Loktak mortgaged to Company
  • CAB: Lining up public convention on Jan 20
  • Purnima Ngangom (Printmaker) :: Profile
  • CAB Protest [11 Jan] #3 : Gallery
  • Poetry Of Manipuri Women Authors #2
  • CAB & scoring 21 out of 25 ?
  • Complications :: Poem
  • North East Business Summit at Delhi
  • Almond oil is the ultimate skin care
  • The Bill that haunt the government
  • Over 50 police personnel chargesheeted
  • Insurgency related incidents in NE states
  • Myanmar border fence going nowhere
  • Protest against CAB [Jan 15] #1: Gallery
  • Crop diseases & organic way of managing
  • War and Poetry :: Poem
  • Landeng-Pena yakaiduna Poster Campaign
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Condemns communal nature of CAB 2016
  • PCC, Arunachal Pradesh on CAB, 2016
  • CAB and other issues before LS polls
  • Sit-In against CAB [Jan 14] : Gallery
  • CAB : Our Identity & Culture is at stake
  • Re-Imagining the Naga Peace Process
  • Demand for ILP :: Articles/Photos...
  • Northeast Startup Summit 2019
  • Ponder them to live like human beings
  • No Shield for Manipur against CAB
  • Missing link: NE, CAB & obscure assurance
  • JCILPS Protest against CAB : Gallery
  • AMUCO Rally against CAB : Gallery
  • Poetic Justice - II :: Poem
  • Makar Sankranti Musing
  • Biren should release Kishorchandra
  • New archaeological site in Senapati
  • A Christian perspective on solidarity #1
  • New craft gallery to promote NE products
  • Rights body warns Nagas on Article 371 (A)
  • NE Black Day against CAB : Gallery
  • CAB Protest [11 Jan] #2 : Gallery
  • Narendra Modi @ Imphal #2: Gallery
  • Myanmar-India Business Summit, Sagaing
  • Cry of a Dying River - 61 :: Poem
  • Preventing the Dengue threat
  • NPF on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016
  • Nagaland Chief Minister On CAB 2016
  • Hijacking by pseudoscience
  • Mr. CM, you can't fool people on CAB
  • CAB 2016: Adoption of foreign citizens
  • CAB Protest [11 Jan] #1 : Gallery
  • CAB & question of India's North East
  • Poetry Of Manipuri Women Authors #1
  • Local actions for #GlobalGoals
  • Know your HIV status
  • Pope Francis - the last Pope!
  • CAB is unsecular discriminatory bill
  • When Govt. disregard Constitutions...
  • Citizenship Bill: An exceptional exception
  • The Walking Lady : A Short Story
  • 4th Convocation Ceremony of CAU
  • The Voice of Silence :: Poem
  • Against CAB 2016 : 6 Student Bodies
  • Need for a separate time zone
  • BOOM MMA : 'Manipur Top Team' members
  • Against Citizenship Bill Act 2016
  • Lt Gen Rajeev Sirohi at Spear Corps
  • Is the middle man responsible
  • Economically weak at Rs 8 lakh per annum ?
  • Umanglai Haraoba: Traditional Institution
  • Strike against CAB : Gallery
  • People - animal conflict
  • Fine on relieving in public
  • Flawed/divisive Citizenship Bill dangerous
  • Broken :: Poem
  • Meetei gi mayokta leiba Political party..
  • NE uniting under shutdown call : CAB
  • Trains in NE to get 'glass-top' coaches
  • Yubi Lakpi #2 : Gallery
  • Freedom's fault lines
  • Traditional Manipuri Curries
  • Governance in Multi-Ethnic States
  • Understanding animal welfare
  • Unite against corruption for development
  • Manipurgi Maraibk Kari Oihougani
  • On restoring of director of CBI
  • Citizenship Bill : scourge for NE
  • Feel good factor from UNC
  • New Year picnic at Sekmai #2: Gallery
  • A tale of two falcons
  • Artificial Insemination in livestock
  • The Naked Truth :: Poem
  • My itinerary visit to Veeranapalya
  • Test for Free Coaching for IIT/AIIMS
  • Critique of Transgender Persons Bill
  • Press Rejoinder from NPF [7 Jan]
  • Nagaland Cabinet on Citizenship Bill
  • Can we expect something from govt
  • Mova Cave, Ukhrul #2 :: Gallery
  • Sangai Fest: Sumo Wrestling #2 :: Gallery
  • Maipaksana RK: Entrepreneurship Award
  • Poetic Justice - I
  • IIT-G Technology Incubation Centre
  • Sana Chahi Ahum & 1857 revolt #2
  • Economics of climate change & growth
  • Singhat Students tour to Delhi & Agra
  • Congress against Modi on Rafale Deal
  • Press Club celebrates foundation day
  • NSF to impose 11-hr bandh on Jan 8
  • 518 drug traffickers arrested in 2018
  • Gangmumei Kamei Memorial lecture
  • Taking the Street Vendor seriously #1
  • WWII museums in Japan: Gallery
  • Schedule : HSLC Examination 2019
  • Schedule : Class XI Examination 2019
  • Schedule : HSE Examination 2019
  • Caste System in Contemporary India: Book
  • Save energy and save your skin
  • Benefits of henna for beauty
  • Coronary In-stent obstruction treated
  • A take on PM visit to Imphal
  • No over the top promises, assurances
  • Narendra Modi @ Imphal #1: Gallery
  • Management of commercial broiler farming
  • 61st CC Meet Football Tournament 2019
  • Noise Ruins & Blights Lives
  • Social media & freedom of speech
  • Cry of a Dying River - 60 :: Poem
  • Declare war against air pollution
  • Winter relief at Thanga
  • Of monologues and conveniences
  • Raising posers before PM's arrival: Cong
  • Irengbam Bedamani :: eRang Photos
  • Poireiton Chakhao at Loktak Lake
  • Hojang :: Poem
  • New Year: Challenges & opportunities
  • One Rank One Pension Paper (OROP)
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • New Year picnic at Sekmai #1: Gallery
  • May the Year 2019 bring integrity of Manipur
  • Sangai Fest: Evening Prog #2: Gallery
  • What I learned from Kishorchandra detention
  • Nupi Lal Ningsing Lamjel #4: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Village Authority in Hill Areas of Manipur #2
  • From nomenclature conflict of oral tradition
  • Bye Bye 2018 !!! : Gallery
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2019 : Download
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2018 #6: Gallery
  • Unforgettable Revolutionary NK Sanajaoba
  • Certificate distribution at Namsai, ArP
  • Top 5 Indie/Alternative Picks of 2018
  • Sangaithel Park @Sangai: Gallery
  • A view of Ukhrul Town #1: Gallery
  • January Calendar for Year 2019 :: Tools
  • National Mathematics Day & Ramanujan
  • Thougal Jagoi @Sangai: Gallery
  • Snowfall @Tamei, Tamenglong : Gallery
  • China spreads across Indochina Peninsula
  • Ningol Chakkouba Shopping #2: Gallery
  • Xmas: Churches @Lamphel : Gallery
  • 27th Imphal Book Fair #2 : Gallery
  • The Crying Call of Motherland :: Poem
  • Kwatha Festival #3 : Gallery
  • 12th Manipur Polo Intl #2 : Gallery
  • Harvard Leadership Program at Don Bosco
  • Christmas @Churachandpur : Gallery
  • UN Rapporteur briefed on Kishorechand
  • Nupi Lal Ningsing Lamjel #3: Gallery
  • Irengbam Bedamani - Actress :: eRang
  • List of Restricted Holidays for 2019
  • List of Public Holidays for 2019
  • List of General Holidays for 2019
  • Ningol - mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS