Almost all my friends and relatives who had come for ‘Haldi Kumkum’ on the occasion of Sri VaraMahaLakshmi puja had commented not on my new sari as I expected but on the blouse I was wearing. ‘It looks like you have extended your creativity in designing your blouse as well’ they said and from their tone I felt it appeared more like a compliment. But again I didn’t expect my blouse would merit a serious discussion among themselves during the time they all spent at my place. ‘Meera, did the sari come with the blouse piece as well? ’ asked some. Yes, I said. ‘But why is that the sleeves look as though they are made from a different fabric?’ they asked not able to contain their curiosity. ‘Well, haven’t you just complimented me on my creativity?’ I answered with a counter question and they noticed I was being evasive and I thought they were right but I also knew they wouldn’t be satisfied until I revealed the real reason behind the attached piece of fabric which formed the sleeves.
Well, ladies, when you go for shopping next and you decide to pick up a sari with an unusual sticker which says ‘with brocket blouse,’ please check its measurement otherwise you find it just sufficient to make a sleeveless one. Incidentally the person who wrote the words on the sticker has all my admiration for his creativity for turning ‘brocade’ into ‘brocket!’
n.meera raghavendra rao