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Friday, May 25, 2012

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!

You know you are in India, when you see this sign before you enter the ladies’ room:

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And no, you don’t have to wear a saree to use the facilities!

Come to think of it, it’s quite difficult to use the facilities while wearing 6 meters of fancy fabric wrapped intricately around you, in my not very experienced opinion. Perhaps there’s a trick there that I need to learn, so if you know something like that, do share.

6 comments:

  1. That sign is awesome, and I have no idea how to go to the bathroom in a saree. It looks like she has earrings too!

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  2. I found that you wrap your over the shoulder trailing fabric around your body and tuck the end into whatever works best-- best to practice once prior to see what is most comfortable/ or makes the shortest dangling bit of fabric. I assume in India they were an underskirt like we did in Sri Lanka -- you can hoist the folds of the sari up first to get the hem of the underskirt and then hoist up the underskirt -- letting it catch and protect the sari material/ that way you only are handling the underskirt and it keeps everything else out of the way. On the way out of the stall you are letting it down so it isn't dragging on the floor inside. You'll get the hang of it with a bit of practice. And for this very reason - along with needing to ride a bike (in a sari with an open umbrella in one hand) -- I only wore saris when I really had to, which was still often enough. The baggy pant/tunic combo with scarf was, and still is, my favorite most comfortable still of dress.

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    1. Wow, thanks for the detailed description. It actually makes sense! I'll try that next time. Greatly appreciate it!!!

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  3. I could use the restroom with earrings but a saree...I am not so sure...Fearing that my saree would touch the floor or even the stall walls. Perhaps the bathroom stalls are more spacious in India. So... I guess I better stick with my Hawaiian muumuu's until I figure out the ladies room saree scenario! ;)
    Pun intended... because for me it would be a sorry situation.

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  4. It's the little things like that that make living abroad so fun! BTW, I'm bidding on both Delhi and Mumbai but haven't decided yet what order they should go on. Any opinions are welcome! =)

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    1. It's great that you are bidding on Delhi and Mumbai. We haven't been to Mumbai yet but we hear it's really neat. I think Delhi is the more family friendly of the two but other than that, I think you'll enjoy either. Are they language designated?

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