Women here seem to be more hep than women in Delhi or Bombay, observed my friend who had come down for a wedding .
What do you mean, in their behavior or sartorial tastes? I said.
Well, both. Earlier I would notice women returning a greeting in Indian style when men volunteered to shake hands but now it appears to be the reverse , she laughed.
I said in the same vein ,’ may be it is true but you can’t generalize.’
Also I find most of the mamis have shed their inhibitions, especially the sixty plus ones who seem to frequent restaurants regularly unlike before, she stated.
Which ones? Have you seen any mamis eating Chinese or Mexican food? I said wanting her to be more specific.
Frankly no. I noticed them only in vegetarian joints, she clarified.
Did you find them dressed in nine yards saris ? I said more out of curiosity.
Not nine yards saris but I found them wearing designer blouses which I am sure would have cost them a fortune. I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago women over sixty spending three or four thousand rs. On a blouse, she said appearing surprised.
What next, I wonder, she said more to herself.
You failed to observe a very important difference about women in Chennai compared to women in Delhi or Bombay, I said.
What’s that? She said dragging on ‘that.’
Women here might have changed outwardly but you have to visit their homes to see their lifestyle which you find hasn’t changed at all, I stressed.