Is this what you are wearing for the occasion? Asked my husband scrutinizing me from top to bottom.
Well, yes. What’s wrong with my sari and the accessories? I asked noticing his look of disapproval.
Don’t forget that you are addressing a bunch of literary audience, he reminded.
So what? Is there a dress code for different kinds of occasions? I said.
Most certainly yes. For instance if you are attending a wedding Reception, you can be all decked up in a designer sari and matching accessories, but if it’s a muhurtam, the ensemble should be more traditional, he explained.
What if it’s a party? I asked growing curious and at the same time surprised at the ‘dress code’ he prescribed.
Well, it all depends upon the kind of party one attends, he said.
You know, since I don’t attend cocktail parties, I don’t belong to the cocktail circuit, I said.
I am aware of that. But there is a dress code for parties as well, he observed.
What’s that? I asked.
May be an embellished sari with a contrast blouse should suit the occasion. The accessories need not necessarily be made of gold, he enlightened. You know the market is flooded with all kinds of accessories with beautiful designs which make gold ornaments fade away in their presence, he said sounding very proud of his knowledge.
You seem to know a lot about things which don’t come in your domain, I said quite astonished.
See, we men are more observant than you women who can’t make out the difference between genuine and imitation stuff. Haven’t you heard of the saying ‘All that glitters is not Gold’, he quipped.
n.meera raghavendra rao