My daily wardrobe in India consisted of jeans and a long kurta (tunic-style shirt).  And I loved it.  It was the epitome of ease and comfort.  On the somewhat rarer occasion that I had to wear a full suit, also known as a salwar kameez (think kurta and churidars–leggings), I relished that as well.  They were fun to wear–and did I mention how comfortable?

Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you already know where this is headed. 🙂  That’s right–a cultural blunder!  Scarves, or dupattas as they’re known in India, how I love scarves.  I assumed that in India, like the States, scarves were a fashion statement, a nice piece of added stylistic flair, but not a necessity.  I was wrong.  I quickly learned that wearing a salwar kameez  without the dupatta was culturally akin to walking around topless.  Who knows how many places I went “topless” before someone was kind enough to fill me in on my faux pas!  🙂  Hope this made you laugh today, and if you’re in India, or some other South Asian country–don’t forget your scarf!


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