However Westernized we may pretend to be, and whatever part of the world we may move to, we will never stop saying, ‘Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani!’ And we don’t let go of a single opportunity to show off the desi girl in us. We love desi food (desi ghee included), desi slang, desi abuses, and most of all we love dressing the desi way, though not always! Why don’t we don Indianwear more often? Well, then my dear friends let me tell you that wearing Indianwear is no child’s play. Let me elaborate.
1. The naada of my salwar and I do not get along very well. Whenever I am dying to pee and my bladder is bursting, my naada decides to get tighter and tighter. Sometimes, I ask for help to untie it, and in the worst situations I just snip it off. I feel bad for my bladder.
2. The naada also decides to get loose and keeps slipping down in the most awkward situations like when I am on the dance floor or while walking towards some good-looking guy.
3. With all that weight of our Indian outfits, we can’t even get the naadas replaced with elastic bands – unless you want to invite an ‘oops’ moment. If you don’t agree, try it for yourself – I have tried and failed miserably.
4. The outfits are so complicated and have so many sub-sections! As if the 6-yard long sari was not enough, it also has a petticoat and blouse. And then there is the kurta, salwar/churidar and the dupatta. Why can’t it be just one piece at a time?
5. And getting all the garments in place is not the only thing you have to worry about! You have to accessorise it with bangles, jhumkas and what-not to complete the look.
6. The sari, said to be the sexiest garment ever, sometimes behaves in a vulgar way when, despite the zillion pins, it decides to slip suddenly at a crowded place and make me look like some wannabe C-grade actress.
7. By now you must have realized that I don’t get along with my sari as well. To add to my woes, it has technical issues like the right and wrong side of tucking the pleats. The sari should come with a GPS!
8. While pinning my sari at all the possible places I also get acupuncture sessions simultaneously!
9. The common and most irritating problem of all is the absence of pockets. Sorry, but I can’t keep my phone and money inside my blouse like the the old aunties.
10. The sexiness and romance of tying the dori of blouse or kurta is limited to small-screen goddesses. For mortals (and that too singles) like me, it is just a hit and trial method of tying the knot properly and praying to the Lord that the tassels fall right.
But I still love Indian wear. No, seriously… Trust me… Why are you giving me that look?
Ananya Biswas loves movies to the moon and back. She works at Fashion101.in when she is not watching TV. Read more posts by her on her Fashion101 blog.