"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Challenge And Choice

I had to make my own early-morning tea today:
A challenge I haven’t faced in some time!

Fortunately, it’s a temporary hardship.
Anu, my house-boy, is taking a two-day holiday with his family. They are guests at a typical “big fat” Indian wedding.

As in the West, the arrival of wedding invitations focuses a guest’s mind on choosing the gift.
In this case, purchasing a silk sari.

 A daunting challenge for Anu, but gentle amusement for the shop assistants,

Who modelled the saris,

And, very demurely, flirted with him.

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Pictures taken in Kalyan Silks, Cochin

6 responses

  1. That is better than a sweet shop. It’s even better than the Laduree shop full of beautifully coloured macaroons.
    Did you remember to warm the pot?

    November 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    • Kalyan Silks claims to have the biggest selection of silk saris in the world! Those bales of coloured textiles in the slide-show are just a very small fraction of the shades available for blouses to match any sari.
      I had to “google” Laduree – I should have remembered from one of your previous posts..
      And no, I failed to warm to the pot. Tomorrow I will try the cafetière…

      November 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  2. So many beautiful colors from which to choose … a daunting challenge indeed!

    November 5, 2011 at 4:19 am

    • But, compared to my confusion in the kitchen, a challenge carried off with panache!

      November 5, 2011 at 7:34 am

  3. Toffeeapple

    Has it been five years since you last made a pot of tea?
    I would swoon in the sari shop, so much colour, so much choice.

    November 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    • I think I managed to make tea with tea-bag last year – but have almost blotted out the memory. It obviously ranked alongside with seeing something nasty in the woodshed…
      My European guests always seem to enjoy a visit to this sari shop: not to buy, just to marvel at the colours and designs.

      November 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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