Old may not quite be gold, if present trends are anything to go by. Silver, it would seem, is becoming more dear by the day, even though it will take a while for us to take a shine to that. Silver has always been the metal of the serious-minded — catch a jholawalla adorned in gold. So it is quite de rigeur to find the mattering classes in silver at Jantar Mantar or other venues of protest. But we wonder if the trend will continue, given that the price of the metal is shooting through the roof.
As always, we are on top of the matter. There are very few silver mines being discovered across the world, which makes silver quite precious. But in India, which poses as the sort of gold standard of silver, the rush for the metal will never cease. But silver may spring a surprise. Indeed, if Mackenna’s Gold were to be made today, it is quite possible that the fight would be over silver. Now, why are we so charged up about this shiny metal? It, and many of you may not agree, is seen as the adornment of those who take up issues which matter. Think Arundhati Roy, think Ela Bhatt, think Brinda Karat. Can you imagine any of these folks who are never far away from a cause in filigreed-gold? And also it is the jewellery that for most women, a contrite spouse is not likely to buy.
As for men, such an occasion is a rarity. So, it is quite possible that the gold souks that have sprung up in tony neighbourhoods may soon be replaced by silver mines, as it were.
If things carry on this way, there could very well be a silver lining in our recessionary clouds. Women will realise that they are made of different mettle, or metal, as the case clearly is. And it adds greater value to their existence. And we are not being silver-tongued here.