The Sari and veshti

So, we had a small celebration at work last Friday, wherein everyone was supposed to come in their ‘traditional’ dress. No problem! I just picked up a nice ‘veshti’ (dhoti) and a cotton shirt and voila! I was looking as smart as anyone in a pressed pinstripe.

All the ladies were there in their ‘saris’, adding glitz here and there… men came in normal shirts with dhotis and some in north indian attire too, though many men/ boys didn’t care about wearing any traditional dresses. Their lack of enthusiasm/ interest in participating in the fun activities was confounding.

Nothing matches the elegance of a woman in a properly selected and worn sari. The same goes for the men too… a good combination of dhoti with good borders and proper cotton shirt has its own commanding appeal.


சாதி இரண்டொழிய வேறில்லை சாற்றுங்கால்
நீதி வழுவா நெறிமுறையின் – மேதினியில்
இட்டார் பெரியோர் இடாதார் இழிகுலத்தோர்
பட்டாங்கில் உள்ள படி
                                                     – அவ்வையார்