Speaking about the book on AngloIndians at its launch, the former M.P. referred to the nightie becoming popular today among women as they find it convenient to wear both at home as well as when they step out on errands. Probably this attire of multiple use has originated and passed down from the AngloIndian community which has a 500 year old history in our country. Of late there has been a lot of stress on mothers expected to dress decently when they see their children off to school which means they should abstain from the ‘convenient attire’ as it is not considered decent or formal enough.
Strangely, when they talk about nighties, probably they mean a house coat worn during the day by a house wife or home maker more for convenience and comfort while going about her chores. I think if she does not switch over to the house coat during the day from her nightie, I am sure there will be a ‘spill over’ of all kinds of food when she goes to bed! High time they make this important difference between a nightie which is another name for a night gown and a house coat worn specifically during the day.
n.meera raghavendra rao