"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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

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

Google photo

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

Twitter picture

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

Facebook photo

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

Connecting to %s