The 1st saree given from my marital home for our engagement, and the first saree my husband (to-be) and I had gone shopping together for.

We were shown a number of sarees, and I rejected some that he pointed to and he
shook his head at some of my choices. This went on for some time and we were beginning
to wonder, when the shopkeeper patiently bent down and pulled out this one. He
didn’t just take it out, he unfolded it and showed the saree with the pallu displayed with a flourish …and
this may sound dramatic, filmy even, but both of us looked at the saree, turned to look at each other and
it was an instant, unanimous yes, followed by the inevitable smiles.

It is a beautiful soft, sambalpuri silk with an unusual pallu of large flower motifs.

We got engaged on a 13th and married on another 13th, hence this entry for saree #13 in this pact.

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