Went for an ‘Underwater’ themed birthday party today; I usually don’t take up birthday party gigs but this one was of a little girl who is a dear student of mine. No doubt, a saree had to be worn so I chose a light, two shade, Patli pallu, Kanjeevaram printed silk in copper sulphate and ink blue to reflect the colours of the ocean. I’ve had this saree for many years; it was gifted by my mom for a Diwali, I think. Have worn it several times too but didn’t realise it ever before that it had some Oriental style motifs on it. Realised it only when I came back home and observed the saree closely. And it turns out that the stories I told at the birthday were from Japan and Korea! Now this saree has a story too!

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