And this is the new way to wear the sari?

Or did Ms Hurley really goof up big time?

Or maybe it was the case of the emperor’s new clothes?

To be fair, this is the way the saree was worn traditionally, in the ancient past. The blouse is a relatively recent construct in the wardrobe of the Indian woman. The blouse though, is back on its way to extinction. Attended any weddings recently? You dont need to. Just flip through the page 3 pictures of celebs in their ethnic regalia.

I’ve been watching with interest the change in the way the saree is being worn these days by womenfolk. For one, the sarees have enough bling to make wearing dark glasses compulsory eye protection at such dos. And secondly they are slinky and slim constructed, which means you slip them on like a skirt and zip them up, and fling the pallav casually over one shoulder. Flinging casually is of course, not a phrase one uses with a certain section of the image conscious, casual flings might be more appropriate. (Am I sounding terribly judgemental here? May I rot in hell.) Anyway, the pallav is then carefully arranged to have one boob (encased in the miniscule bra-choli, tube top, whatever), out there and in your face. “Hello,” it says. “Here I am. Look at me now.”

This can be rather disconcertening when an innocent male attempts to make casual conversation with a well endowed woman. Most of the conversation would be directed to an indeterminate area between the last rib and the collarbone.

I dont think it is too long before we would see someone taking inspiration from Hurley out here too, and going au naturel under her chiffon saree. I only pray to God it is someone with a damn good plastic surgeon.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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28 Responses to And this is the new way to wear the sari?

  1. Poppy says:

    Saw this yesterday from a comment on TMM’s blog. Howlarious. Looks like she’d snorted something and forgotten the blouse. Such a tacky saree and her hair god – terrible. I think the b***s were the saving grace πŸ˜€


  2. Miss M says:

    And if you see the pics carefully, you’ll notice that she isn’t wearing a petticoat either!

    I mean, just cos’ she married an Indian, it doesn’t mean that she wears an Indian outfit whichever way she fancies!


  3. Suki says:

    :snort: Just let her not complain if/when she gets groped to high heavens!


  4. πŸ˜› can always count on you for humor πŸ™‚


  5. Sangeetha says:

    LOL @ β€œHello,” it says. β€œHere I am. Look at me now.”

    Very true!


  6. Poppy says:

    No petticoat also? ROFL. Poor woman, what your man ain’t rich enough to buy the matching blouse and paavadai or what?


  7. Harini says:

    I understand if Liz didnt *know* the concept of blouses to be worn under a saree..But does she not have the sense to atleast wear a bra?? That is really the heights! n I am pretty sure this is intentional…I m sure anyone in their right ming would know if the dress is a see thru and if it atleast needs a bra to be worn underneath it before stepping out of the house…no?


  8. shilpadesh says:

    Hahah LOL one look at Hurley and I was rolling on the floor with laughter. I mean it is not even tastegul nudity. And did you see how she literally tied the saree to her waist, because she wasnt even wearing a petticoat!


  9. Gigi says:

    Barf. BTW Shilpa Shetty and Mandira Bedi also look hideous.
    In fact this whole slinky sari thing is hideous.


    • Kiran Manral says:

      Gigi: Slinky sarees per se, nice if draped well and not with the express interest to put the body on display.


  10. aneela z says:

    I blame the Ram Teri Ganga Maili DVD that Arun brought home over the weekend…
    Raj Kapoor will be beaming with pride in Heaven…Tum Karo Tau Celebrate The body Beautiful, Hum Karey Tau Pervey Old Man (Im channeling a bit of Ishqiya here)


  11. knitnkanmani says:

    πŸ™‚ college we used to call OSO side open πŸ™‚


    • Kiran Manral says:

      Knitnkanmani: Thats a new one…but then I’m from an era where women covered everything up when they wore a saree.


  12. Supriya says:



  13. Oh man! What a picture…The second one is called the Uniboob look btw ( πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ )

    Why can’t some people maintain the grace of a garment!?!


  14. Anup says:

    Very interesting. Compliments on your observation and bringing this very interesting topic to light. Seriously would have never given this so much thought..But after coming across your post, will inadvertantly observe women and their sarees from now on..And written in a very humorous way as well.

    Glad to be of service.


  15. aabha says:

    poor liz.. she looks positively traumatized in the last photo.. so does arun


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