Change is an important part of any woman’s life. Throughout her life, she is continuously adapting to people, places, relations, roles, situations, responsibilities and physical and mental capabilities.

However, what she enjoys most is changing her attire, appearance and style quotient. We are forever watching how other women dress, adorn and accessorize and how they comport themselves. So, any person in the spotlight is seriously observed, noted and commented upon. I am one of these observers and commentators.

I have seen Indian Grand Dames like Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Mrs. Karan Singh a royal figure, visiting Mauritius as State guests. Karan Singh is an Indian politician, philanthropist and poet. In 1950, the 19-year-old Karan Singh was married to 13-year-old Yasho Rajya Lakshmi, daughter of a nobleman belonging to the Rana family of Nepal. He was the Prince Regent of Jammu and Kashmir till 1952 and a Union cabinet minister in the government of Indira Gandhi.

These ladies were state guests and as expat Indians, we interacted pretty closely with both of them. We watched the ladies with awe as they dressed for each occasion with glamour and style.  Every event scheduled in which they appeared, they were dressed beautifully. However, Mrs Karan Singh took the changing of costumes to such an extent that for appearances with just an hour’s interval, she would pop into the Governor General’s house, where they were guests, to change her outfit. Sadly, she kept Sir Seewoosagar, the island’s PM, waiting with his Ministers for her appearance with her husband way beyond scheduled timings. You see! She lost time changing saris. Mind you, the saris and matching accessories were beautiful and we were agape as if they were film stars in the spotlight!

Now to the present. Potus and Flotus visited India earlier this week. Years ago, we had seen the glamorous Mrs.Jacqueline Kennedy visiting India and her suits and hats were jaw dropping. Other First Ladies in the past decades were elegant, but nothing to really be awestruck. With the kind of wealthy background of the present day First Lady, we expected dashing outfits and designer clothes for each appearance. We eagerly looked forward to her changing her outfits in a similar fashion from the landing at the airport in Ahmedabad, the visit to the Taj and so on. All of us were pleasantly surprised to see her sporting an elegant white crepe jumpsuit with a green and gold sash/cummerbund made from Indian fabrics. She did not even change the sash and was comfortable all day in the same outfit.

Next day Melania opted for a pale blue collared midi-dress with lotuses for the ceremonial welcome of the US President at the Indian President’s residence Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. The outfit had a print of lotuses, the national flower of India. Her shocking pink dress at the banquet was a change from the sober outfits of the day!

Here I am folks, back on the Friday Blogging group after quite a sabbatical. This is my take on this week’s Friday Three On One blog post topic.  The other two bloggers who write on the same topic are Rummuser and Shackman.  This week’s topic was suggested by Ramana.  Please do go over to“>Rummuser’s and“>Shackman’s blogs to see what they have to say about the same topic.

Hope you enjoyed my take on CHANGE!! Thank you.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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3 Responses to CHANGE

  1. rummuser says:

    Yes, the most commented upon aspect of the POTUS and FLOUS was how the latter stayed in the same dress on both the days. It is easier for men who are not expected to change their clothes often though there have been some worthies who did just that every hour or so.


  2. shackman says:

    I am happy you enjoyed her visit –


  3. I truly love the original take on the topic. This post made me smile, and your descriptions of the events truly made me feel like I was standing next to these elegant ladies!


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