If you find time hanging on your hands the best way to occupy yourself is to go on a window shopping spree, is the advice I give my friends who complain of boredom. I t was one of those days I felt like doing nothing, not even watch the television or indulge in my favorite past time which is calling up my friends and have long conversations about nothing in particular. Therefore I decided to follow my own advice and go for window shopping visiting boutiques and high end sari shops in our area. The first shop I chose to step in was a two storeyed building with no elevator. Reluctantly I waded through the stairs just to have a look at their collection. Fortunately I found a few ladies engrossed in examining the wedding collection and a salesman giving singular attention to them leaving me to myself. There were saris suiting every budget and they appeared very elegant with beautiful thread work. Tearing my eyes off them I walked down the stairs to the section which stocked inexpensive saris , none of which looked appealing. The salesman’s indifferent attitude and lack of knowledge about the fabric made me quit the place within moments. I was sure he too was just waiting to see me leave.
The next shop was much bigger with one storey extra than the previous one. I headed straight to the wedding sari section and lo and behold found a host of people there, young ladies with stiletto heels wrapping those heavy silks around them standing in front of full size mirrors and their parents giving them an appreciative look and clicking pictures. I felt it was not the first time I was witnessing such a scene in Chennai sari shops ! I came down to the ground floor in the elevator and looked through some kotas and other cottons. I was attracted to a light green kota sari with some embroidery and even as I was in the process of deciding to pick it up, the lady sitting next to me grabbed it, put it against her shoulder and scrutinized herself in the mirror nearby. Noticing my look of admiration she asked me whether it would suit her. Perfect choice, I said weakly and she thanked me profusely for helping her to decide!