Dressed up!

We had a cultural function at our house; all excited I got dressed up in full Indian traditional dress with big glamorous jumka (Earrings) with an added clutch to accessorize. Walking from the parking lot to the venue I realised how awkward and weird it was to for a woman to get all dressed up. I mean a man doesn’t look weird any day. He wears a suit, a shirt and trousers and that’s it. He goes to party like that, to social functions and even at any cultural function. It is all the same for him.

But when a woman has to go to a cultural function in India, she wears a saree, lehnga, salwar and looks uniquely different. When she goes to a party she is in a dress or a gown and yet appears beautifully different. I have accustomed myself to wearing western dresses so much that wearing Indian attire seems a task. I love them but when I am in them it is like I am not the usual me and in them it is not fit to go to a restaurant or a regular place. It may be fit for someone else but I get uncomfortable.

I am not against western or eastern dresses, I love them all the same but it is a level of comfort which varies with the place. It all came to me while crossing the road from my car to the venue in a lehnga (A long embroidered skirt with a crop top) when roadside people were literally giving the glares.



Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

53 thoughts on “Dressed up!

      1. Ha ha ha!😄 I’m an idiot! I read thru my cell phone email and I get frustrated as it won’t show photos but only text sometimes so yea I saw when I just refreshed and went directly to your site! One day I’ll master all this 😩 its beautiful 👏

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Oh thank you dear
        I know the difficulties too. I am no master at all of this too. I spend so much time sometimes figuring things online and then realise that it was all so easy and all this while I would have been cursing the internet or the slow speed. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Coming from the Western World I simply adore all Indian dress; they are generally quite stunning.
    I also love the more simple Eastern style of dress. It’s wonderful that you have the choice. In Australia, where I live, I would definitely be ‘out of place’ wearing eastern dress; though I have at times! I have bought a few saris over the years, and recently bought from an Indian dress website.
    A rather recent style in some of the more individual dress shops is colourful, light and eastern flavoured styles; generally over blouse, long and filmy. I have a few now in my wardrobe. 🙂


    1. I can understand. If you wear such dresses in Australia you’d certainly be out of place. Sometimes even in India it seems out of place nowadays, but I do like them.
      And yes these days even the traditional attire has a hint of the western style and it has its own unique style.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The last line… carpe diem♥♥
    It connects… it really does…I mean it strikes that yes something unusual happened maybe a little thing but still it just strikes and you decide to part that moment with other bloggers..!!

    Liked by 1 person

Your perception holds importance for me.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: