On our way to the sari store we came across some more breathtaking scenery. I am convinced now that no matter where you go in India you will stumble across something that is picture worthy.
Besides India oozing beauty from every corner, another observation I continuously made was that as far as transportation goes, anything goes!
The man who owned the sari store that I was visiting wanted to show me how print-making in India works. I was eager to try on some saris, however I obliged once I was bribed with some chai tea and cookies.
When I was about eight years old I vividly remember my father returning from his month long business trip to India for two reasons: 1) he was beyond sick with “Delhi belly” and 2) he brought me back the most gorgeous pink sari. Over the years I played dress up with it so much that it eventually was unwearable and thrown away. It had crossed my mind before I left for this trip to look into replacing it with a new one.
As we entered the part of the store where the saris were sold, I was immediately overwhelmed by the selection that I was to choose from. There had to be over a thousand! The man helping me quickly selected a multi-colored one for me to try on. It took about five minutes to get it on just right, since putting on a sari is an incredibly intricate process.
While the first sari I tried on was undoubtedly a work of art, I wanted to try and find the sari my father had purchased for me two decades ago. I told the man exactly what it looked like and sure enough he found it!
After much consideration, I decided against purchasing it. I knew that my days of playing dress up were long gone and that the opportunity to wear it would probably never arise. Also, the process of putting it on was just too complicated for me. I did, however, purchase a kurta and a gorgeous blanket; two things I knew I would get a lot of use out of.
On our way out of the store I saw a woman spinning yarn. She looked beautiful in her sari and it made me question whether or not I made the right decision.
But, then I thought, well now I have yet another reason to come back to India!