I am the Purse Lady.

Being a multi-tasker I tend to carry a lot of stuff in my purse.  And the time has come when I need a big one!Sample contents include planner/organizer, ipod, camera, phone, make-up, school books, non-school reading for the metro, mail, gym clothes, gym shoes, water bottle, snacks, lunch, and dinner too for days when I have class till 10:40pm. I could technically take a vacation on a moments notice with just my “purse” because it usually has everything I would need.

This has created a few major problems:

1. It is nearly impossible to find a purse that is big enough without looking like a piece from my parents’ luggage set.
2. It is difficult to squeeze into places without injuring someone or breaking something. I can’t make a last second dash in the metro. I can’t roam a store without knocking things down. I cannot get to that corner seat in the back of the classroom.
3. It is hard not to be that crazy lady who spills out everything from her bag at the checkout counter to find a quarter, or the coupon, or her smaller purse that actually has the money.
4. It is a constant source of my fear of being the smelly kid. Carrying used gym clothes/shoes, along with that steamed asparagus can’t be appealing.

How big is your purse?

Picture above is that of a probably 5-story tall Louis Vuitton bag sculptor used as the entrance to the Louis Vuitton store in Paris on Champs-Élysées. I took this picture when Devang and I went back-packing through Europe circa 2004. 

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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