Tit- bits @ HT City- 16th May, 2010

Read below a few articles as published in Hindustan Times- HT City- 16th May, 2010. The entire article in the scanned images has been produced for the Reader’s Benefit.
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I envy her figure, her money, her societal status..

Scanned image of the Article in HT- 16th May, 2010

Can it be given away at a charity, distributed to slums.. given for Recycling? Can we please ourselves collect a few in our Colonies and hand them over to charities?

Scanned Image of the article in HT City- 16th May, 2010

Deepika at Cannes in Saree- I say that it’s a beautiful experiment to say the least.

If anywhere the sarees should be criticized and exercised a ban upon is after marriages when it is forced upon the newly wedded daughter-in-law to drape that not so comfortable and not so easy to maintain that not at all designer wear all through the day. If that’s not all, she also has to attend to all the house- hold chores and yet look presentable while working as well. It gets worse in summers especially when her in-laws don’t have an a/c in their flat to make it a bit comfortable. And anyways- how wonderful is it to stand next to the burning flame dressed up in zari and cook? Does the food taste any better when cooked by someone wearing a saree?

This may be a sounding as a simple suggestion of getting an electrical equipment fitted. What about this- ?

A woman is brought up in a different setup at her maternal home. Her parents may or not “teach” her to drape the unending piece of fabric and cling to it as if her husband’s life may be hanging upon it (P.S.- A woman after getting married should and is required to be worried about her husband’s life expectancy only; more so, because otherwise the woman doesn’t get to stand up again after being divorced or widowed- anyways).

With great difficulty she gets a job (chauvinism is still very much a part of the society that I am referring to), fighting all the criticism from her neighbors and male peers and sustains herself amidst all the discrimination and harassment (read: soft sexual in content). As in the most of the private and MNC jobs, she is required to dress up in corporate attire, be chic and be presentable. Off goes the clock after wedding- she would have to dress up like a bride-to-be all 24 hours and slog herself over menial jobs- wearing a saree.

She is now expected to give up her respectable and a very high earning job (also even as compared to her husband) that she struggled pretty tough to attain and drape an unstitched material all over and become more like a domestic maid to prove her womanhood and dedication for her in-laws. A girl gets to drape the customary forced upon material only a couple of times during her growing up years. Either on a skit (stage- play), on Teacher’s Day, on School and College Farewell Day or on one or two odd weddings in the family- that she takes pride in draping a saree; realizing little that the same would then be slammed upon her as a ritualistic practice.

For an average period of 25- 30 years, a lady doesn’t wear this abominable piece of cloth- that’s exactly what it has been made here to be. Pick up the Hindi movies- no matter however in-trend songs the actress may have hummed across the river or mountains, she is and has to be shown wearing one running piece of material after marriage. Trousers, skirts, dresses, suits; the choices are endless when it comes to women outfits, yet she would have to be wearing this not-so-practical-anymore “ensemble” to reflect upon maturity.

I have nothing against this drape material- I adore whirling one around myself. My problem is with when women are being forced and they actually are being forced to wear one after her wedding.

May I suggest a resolution?

Ban the saree at Cannes and instead of pink girlie frocks, dress your angel child up in sarees- that way atleast she would be able to keep her in-laws happy in future. But then thats not what the heading- “We’re all for sari..” means; so what if the content speaks to the contrary?

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Corporate worker, textile designer, writer.
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