if you’re in a sari, you’re safe?

At an Indian wedding: silk sari and high heels, gold and discrete perfume at ears, wrists and throat, skin-tight plunging blouse under the sari‘s drape, the requisite four inches of curved waist and vertebrae on view, fragrant white flowers in my open hair. General verdict: respectable young woman.

Three days later, at a bookshop in New Delhi: loose dark trousers, flat sandals, dull red handloom cotton top, showing collarbones but not much else, no jewellery, hair tied back in a casual knot. I reach up to get a book and my shirt rises, showing about half an inch of skin. General verdict: shameless hussy.


~ by mortarandpestle on October 9, 2007.

One Response to “if you’re in a sari, you’re safe?”

  1. Ain’t that the truth! In college in Pakistan, we weren’t allowed to wear a jeans-and-t-shirt combo (and I mean loose t-shirt a-la 90s) to class because that was ‘indecent’,. Wearing a see-through, skin-tight shalwar-kameez with a barely-there bra and no panties, though, was absolutely fine.

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