Right from the time I was a kid, I have always questioned my mother as to who was the first woman who figured out the correct way to drape a sari. I had always mentioned to her about the various other permutations and combinations in which a sari could be draped around her, and suffice to say she wasn’t too excited about the prospect of having to try out all my new styles at that point in time.
My guest author today provides simple pointers for all married men (or just men in general) in terms of the things to do when somebody at home is draping a sari. Read, enjoy and leave behind your thoughts as comments.
I was concerned on hearing that Salman Khan has attempted to teach Sunny Leone how to wear a sari. While I have no comments to offer on Sunny’s choice of garment, I think she should have chosen a better teacher.
Buying a sari is one thing, but actually getting your loved one to wear it is a lot more tougher. Fortunately for you dear readers, I have been through this and I can offer some pointers that can make it easy for you to take this important step in your life.
a. Get out of the room. When my wife tries to wear a sari, I grab the kids and run to the other room. No amount of space is enough when the 4 metre long sari is about to be worn by your loved one.
b. Keep the accessories and matching blouse ready before you take the sari from the shelf. One of the enduring mysteries of the female species is that even after endless shopping in Pondy Bazar and Luz Corner, accessories will not match with the sari that they want to wear.
c. If the blouse doesn’t fit, it is the fault of the tailor. Don’t ever mention that it is perhaps because your loved one has put on a few kilos.
d. Keep a box of safety pins handy. One of the best kept secrets of the modern Indian woman is that for them, the whole edifice of sari pleats stands with the help of a few strategically placed safety pins. Stay away from affectionately hugging your loved ones when they are wearing a sari. Unless of course, you want to bleed to death from a thousand safety pins placed all across.
e. The younger ones want to look older. The older ones want to look younger. Their choice of sari will depend on how they want to look. Don’t attempt to select a sari for your loved one to wear. If you are forced to, point to one sari and say – “This is good” and then point to another and say ‘”That is also good.” Repeat this a few times till your loved one asks to you to get out of the room.
f. There are 80 different ways to tie a sari. If your loved one has figured out a way that works for her, consider yourself incredibly lucky.
g. The nail polish color has to go well with the sari worn by your loved one. If there is a mismatch, getting a fresh coat of nail polish is faster than getting your loved one to wear another sari.
h. Buying a sari for your loved one is a nice gesture. Your loved one will give you several reasons to regret it when she keeps you waiting while she tries to wear it. Find something to do for a couple of hours while your loved one gets ready.
My elder one is soon going to ‘graduate’ to paavadai – dhavani (Half Sari). No room is big enough to hold two women trying to dress up together.