A visit to Fab India, Chennai

Last weekend we visited Fab India in Beseant Nagar, Chennai. The scene enacted there can`t be re-created, simply because I would have nothing to do with that shop ever again.

We got out of the shop – and it is an honor to get out of one – and looked around if we had been spotted coming out of the chic place. Call it progressive social behavior but in recent times we have started to love being spotted at posh/hep places (read costly). Unfortunately, this time around we weren`t.

“So we leave?” I asked Rekha.


“Is that a yes or a no?”

“We have spent close to three thousand on clothes alone. Don`t you want the others to know?” Rekha seemed to have made up her mind.

“I would love to be spotted, but we just can`t stand here waiting for familiar faces. Can we?” I was keen on leaving.

“If we can`t stand, let us walk.” The Oracle had spoken. There was no questioning the Oracle. By the way, what/who is an Oracle?

Though our car was parked just outside of Fab India, it was decided that we will carry our heavy brown colored Fab India bags on our walk. After 30 minutes of wading through the traffic and crowd, we decided to turn back. Looked like the handful of people we knew had decided to stay in. The other million was on the road to the beach.

Rekha didn`t speak to me on our way back. Perhaps, she was praying for God to send in a familiar face. Somebody from office, who would during a casual conversation the next day over coffee end up saying, “After I saw you coming out of Fab India, we went to …..” which would then be followed by the innocent sounding “Ohhh…so you shop in Fab India is it?” but meaning ‘ohh-you-sucker`.

We reached the car. Not a single soul we knew.

“So, do we leave?” I broke the silence.


“Is that a yes or a no?” I was getting impatient.

“Do you want to try the Dollar shop?” Rekha was pointing to the dollar shop right next to Fab India.

“What? Do you want to buy something?” I wanted to rule out window shopping.

“I don`t want to. But if we meet somebody there we could always say that we came to Fab India and thought of visiting the Dollar shop.”

As luck would have it, after spending another half hour looking at huge shampoo bottles with impending expiry dates we didn`t meet anybody. We beat a hasty retreat.

After keeping our brown Fab India bags in the backseat, I opened the door for Rekha. She got in. Even as I was walking around the car to get in, somebody knocked on Rekha`s window which she promptly rolled down.

I got into the car and whispered, “Finally, somebody you know.”

Rekha whispered back: “But I don`t know this lady.”

“Excuse me…can you guide me to Fab India please? I saw you carrying the Fab India bags….” 

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Fashion Television and the problems it brings
The difficult choices in real life…
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By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at jv.rajan@gmail.com or message him at +919650080255.

32 replies on “A visit to Fab India, Chennai”

there were photos coming in rediff for spotting the film stars by common crowd…. how abt introducing one for rekha and rajan ? lol

Jammy,need some expert blogadvise….you have hosted your blog site on wordpress right?…if yes : well, I am moving to wordpress myself, from blogspot beta, but sadly, wordpress doesnt allow me to import the blogs from the beta version..tried to use the rss feed too, but the IE version I have allows me to see only Atom feeds..and that does not work..I cannot update to IE7 either (official reasons)..any ideas, apart from the traditional ctrl-c/ctrl-v?

FabIndia I considered it to be the chip making company and thought you are out to see some latest hardware (not hammers, nails, etc). After googled I found it a ‘Kapde Ka dukan’ errr.. Mall.

I had sympathy that your family did not get anyone to show off. But you somehow got one a stranger. What a opportunity that is, you can speak anything & your dominance is determined by volume & loudness of your voice.

“At Fabindia, we value your concerns about online privacy & security”. That was what I found on their site. Hope next time when you visit them you can revert suitably for the crime of curtailing common man’s freedom to know everything.


Nina: No yaar, Rekha got a skirt which is now letting out so much color that the pond near our house is now known as the Black Sea. She also bought a top which when bought used to go well with her skirt…but something happened while we were travelling from Fab India to our house.

Mehak: hey I left a comment here…& its no where to be seen….Jammy pls look into the issue

If this is the comment you are talking about…then I can see it.

Priya: Thats a swell idea but the thing is, even if we introduce something like that….how will people know if we have been spotted? For all we know, we might be standing in front of you and you wouldn’t even know that its us. BTW…the photos that you see on this site have been worked upon in Photoshop to improve the look & feel.

sailaja: I guess you are right. But the problem with Spencers is…there are way too many pretty girls. Rekha finds it intimidating…esp when I hook on to a girl and walk into every showroom she walks into!

Rishi: When you are a couple, you get regular dressing downs…one learns to live with it and without it.

Regarding your doubt…I did see a facility to import from Blogger, but wonder if it will work with Blogger Beta. If you dont have many posts…I would suggest a Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V option on a weekend. Gives you an opportunity to read your earlier pieces and reinforces your last six month’s learnings in the sphere of blogging.

Gayathri: Not me…wouldn’t be caught dead as a Fab India fan. But yes, Rekha is. Ha ha ha…I know what you mean when you say “Mughal Emperor” …if I wear those long kurtas…I wouldn’t need the bottom part. The Kurta itself would cover me till the ankles.

Sunny: I did invite the stranger home, but she refused. Probably because she was a lady and didn’t want to be alone with a man as handsome as I am.

“At Fabindia, we value your concerns about online privacy & security”.

No wonder…I was thinking why there was no security guy at their outlet in Beasent Nagar. They must have sent him to handle online security.

Hey Jammy —- Just a suggestion..since no one saw u guys loitering with thoes brown fab india bags….. Y not get them to office on a pretext of carrying some imp paper or files etc…
Sure people will notice the crisp new brown bags reading “fabindia”.
And yeah.. u guys could ask some kind of rebate/discount for advertising FabIndia at ur work place or may be be their brand ambassador… :))

Mehak: No idea Mehak. I checked the back end also but no such comment…unless you are pulling a fast one on me as revenge for all the fast ones I have pulled over you.

Shalini: I did take them to office…but as soon as I entered, a colleage asked me: “So you shop at Fab India is it? What are the prices like?”

I said: “Ohhh…they cost a bomb.”

Even before I could complete the sentence, the security gaurds pinned me down and started their strip-search. The only consolation was…my other colleagues could see the Fab India label on my shirt, which was lying on the floor.

Not at all Jammy…I commented..chk in a while comment was not there…commented again..got the msg that this text is already present..some duplicate thingie..or something ..don’t remember exactly….

neways will clarify my doubt once again…what is this girl’s/model’s pic doing in this post…& yeah I did spot a RED SWIFT outside Fab India on Sunday evening..

i have work. can i work to there ? please your send me . My address :- R.Sudarsan, 105,Nakkeerar st, virudhunagar – 626001.

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My god hahahahahah …..that was hilarious My god hahaha , could not control laughing after reading this .Quite an interesting blog , will be reading through soon .
As a matter of fact was searching for FAB India !!!!!!!! myself since one of my cousins told me i would get maternity dresses there ..
3 cheers to FAb India !!!

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