Soliloquy in an International Cloister

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30 May 2011

Dreadfully sari

A few years ago, I told a friend that I would be spending a few weeks in India visiting our brothers there. She asked me to buy some silk cloth that she could make into a dress. As my visit was nearing its end, I dutifully asked one of the brothers to take me to a shop that sold saris. I picked out two saris that looked like good dress material.

Since then every time I visit India the brothers insist on taking me to buy saris. I tried explaining that I really do not need any more saris, but they apparently think that I am merely being polite. Earlier this month during another visit, they insisted on buying not one, but two saris for me. A week later, I visited our brothers in another region of India, and they wanted to buy even more saris for me. Fortunately, I persuaded them to buy me a kurta instead.

If I knew how to sew I suppose I could use the saris to make some lovely silk boxers for myself. Can anyone suggest some other creative uses for two silk saris?


Blogger once bitten, twice crushed said...

Pocket squares, decorative pillows, curtains. Headbands, scarf, suit lining. If I had a sewing machine (or knew how to sew), I'd be begging for your saris...

30 May, 2011 19:27  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Maybe they secretly believe you're a cross dresser, no pun intended.

31 May, 2011 05:50  
Anonymous Moobs said...

Wow. If you need to sew two saris together to make a pair of boxers, it;s time to get back on your bike.

01 June, 2011 23:41  
Blogger BroLo said...

OBTC: Thanks for the suggestions. I'll include them when I give the saris to the lucky recipient(s).

HIFS: My thoughts exactly, and the reason it is so embarrassing.

Moobs: In fairness, it is a pair of winter boxers.

06 June, 2011 23:06  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Well, we all have our cross to bear.

10 June, 2011 22:03  
Anonymous Lou said...

....the same things happened to me with bananas. I told a sister of mine that I loved eating bananas..... every cloister I went I found bananas waiting for me in the refectory... that's why now I eat cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries etc etc!!!

01 August, 2011 22:24  

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