I heard of the expression ‘ware and tare’ being used by doctors when one complains of knee pain and most often advised to go in for knee replacement surgery in order to have a better quality of life. I realized the expression also applies to our (read women) most prized possession –expensive saris which were not so pricey when we picked them up perhaps a decade or two ago. We tend to neatly hang them in our wardrobe, waiting to flaunt our zaris and designer stuff during occasions such as weddings and celebrations of 60th.and 80TH. Birthdays little realizing they happen just a few times in a year and therefore opportunities to wear them are rare. No wonder ‘mix and match ‘has caught on with women donning their old saris with newly made trendy blouses and I have been no exception and in the process learnt a costly lesson. A couple of saris which were hibernating in my wardrobe decided to take vengeance for my sheer negligence when their turn came to be presented! So my dear ladies, it’s better to wear and tare your saris that cost a fortune than allow them to ‘have their own way’!
N Meera Raghavendra Rao