No number /100 13/07/2015
For who ever. ..this story interests. .
At this age and stage of their lives . .my in laws are very happy to see me in a saree everyday…. I owe. .this much to them. ..now. . To wear a Saree. . As often as possible. ..
Being a Sunday..yesterday. . I didn’t go out anywhere …so didn’t wear a Saree.. Daddy said, ”Tu ne Saree kyon nahin pehni… aaj? ”
Have been wearing Sarees regularly for this past 2 & half months…. so..He now .. (so cutely) … expects me to wear a Saree everyday. .
In the year 1985… I got married at the young age of 19.. in a Huge traditional Saree wearing Joint Family… My Dadi Saas (Bhabho) & Dadaji …their five sons. .their respective daughter in laws.. and their children. . We all used to live together. .
I was the youngest daughter in law of Bhabho’s eldest son. .
So. .in our family of that time. . We were 9 ladies in the house. .. Bhabho… her 5 bahus (daughters in law)… and 3 bahus (grand daughters in law)
All of us wearing sarees all the time . morning …afternoon… evening …..night. ..
Then. . After a year of my marriage. .due to lack of adequate living space..my father in laws family shifted. .
Now we were 6 of us. . 3 Saree wearing ladies. . My mom in law, my jethani & me. .
Being South Delhi there was a distinct culture shift in the dressing style now. …Sarees were considered ”So baniya” ”So..old fashioned” ”So down market”
The rebel in me. .now wanted to conform to this change and not the traditional mode of dressing. ..
So. . I started gradually. .first to wear salwar kameez…then jeans..then skirts…then to long dresses. .to short dresses…
Initially ..there was a big problem. .then the whole family got used to it.. and along with me …everyone’s dressing style changed. ..gradually. .
Now.. Life has come a Full circle for me. Having Rediscovered the Elegance and grace of the Saree.. I want to wear it almost every day. ..
I have realised. .that this is what suits me the best. . Brings out the best in me. . Looks most elegant & sensuous on me…
Am not going to number my posts any more. . As it no longer makes sense to me. .
Will just enjoy and complete the #100SareePact and the #DelhiSareeChallenge
at my own pace. .
Otherwise …will keep posting pics when ever I wear A Saree… & have something to share with my Community of ”Saree Friends” & ”Saree Sisters”
With Ally Matthan Anju Maudgal