DECENT DHOTI DAZZLING!

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Mahatmaji in his dhoti referred to later.

Prompting for this week’s Sunday Story came from a casual talk on several themes in my evening walk in our colony (Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai) a coupe of days back when  an engineer of repute of my age known as TREE NATESAN- as he has distributed  saplings in lakhs  to  many villages, schools, colleges etc in his passion to develop GREEN INDIA! I am in the habit of wearing dhoti right from my college days during 1957 to 1961. I took to pants only when I joined a school of repute in Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur as a teacher in 1962.

Me in my dhoti at my office being honored by a towel by  a good friend of mine Mr.ARK

Our Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi , a Bar-at Law-beautifully writes about to his switching over to dhoti in his autobiography!

M K Gandhi as a Lawyer;

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Later Mahatma Gandhi: just before he breathed his last:

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He was travelling in his normal attire in pant and shirt in the course of his enlisting the support of our people from all parts of the country for freedom struggle. As he was walking in Tamilnadu’, one day he saw the farmers toiling on the earth, tilling the soil in an half naked dhoti or towel, Gandhi felt that while countrymen are in such attire, it is not fair to wear Pants, shirts, coats and ties and decided to give up and take to DHOTI!! That he maintained till his last breath on 30th January 1948! as is seen in the picture immediately above.

Dhoti is the traditional attire for men across India. It is often misinterpreted with Lungi or Loongi, but is a different attire. The styles and attitude bearing the dhoti changes depending on the state or province. It has marked its presence in various functions and proceedings. It has many regional names in different Indian states like Mundu in Kerala, Dhotar in Maharshtra, Laacha in Punjabi and Mardaani in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

It was a word that had originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhauta. It was also marked as the traditional wear by several leading Indian politicians across the Indian subcontinent.  It was and till this day is considered as part of the traditional attire for several countries like Srilanka, Bangladesh and Maldives. Initially it was worn only with a kurta. The dhoti was also considered to be an attire that commanded respect and dignity.

This garment is basically available in an off white or cream color. The material for this fabric can be either cotton or silk. In most regions of the south, it is mostly made using a gold border. This makes it appear richer and more sophisticated. In most cases 5 yard long strips of cloth are used to make this garment. Approximately five knots are used to wrap this garment in the southern lands. The style of wearing differs in every land. In other parts of India it is mostly worn in a pant style and not the skirt style of the south regions. A part of the dhoti is tucked behind which makes it look like a pant.

Over a period of time, people in India have been influenced by the western wear and traditions. A lot of western culture has been imbibed by the people of India. This has made it a wear that is followed mostly at home. People no longer wear it to the office or parties. It has become more like a traditional wear or home regular wear.

Contrasting Border Art Silk Dhoti in Orange

Contrasting Border Art Silk Dhoti in Orange

That being said, one cannot ignore the fact that it has evolved in its styling as well. Of course, people across India still believe that dhoti, when folded to knee length, shows disrespect. So, they do not fold it up to that length. Also, the various colors in which they are now available are also because of global influence.

Innovation

A lot of innovation has passed the world of dhoti. What was a traditional wear is still dominant in various circles of society, however, several improvisations and westernization has given the world dhoti pants’ that have the structure of dhoti combined with western pants. This is a beautiful innovation that is completely unisex in nature. One can see the brilliance of design and tasteful colors combined to bring out the essence of these pants. This innovation has become a solid hit with the people of India, and in particular the younger generation.

Here is one new innovation named VELCRO by a leading dhoti manufacturers of Tamilnadu with a packet for CELL PHONE on the one side and a purse in the other!!!Additional feature is that it has an elastic strip that will keep the dhoti attached firm on the waist!

My son from US who was here a fortnight  back was fascinated and got one!

 

Occasion

Normally, they are worn during a festival or to acknowledge the marriage ceremony. In most south Indian weddings, dhoti is an important part of men’s wear. Most politicians wear this as it has become their formal wear.  As a mark of simplicity great leaders like KAMARAJ, Kakkan and others were  wearing dhoties-made of kaadhi.   Today;s Tamilnadu politicians wear dhothies!

Pandits and those adorning the temples wear dhotis as their regular wear. In most rural and urban regions, males enjoy the relaxation that one gets with the dhoti in the comforts of their home.

Suitability

This clothing is suited for almost all seasons. The reason being that they are available in both silk and cotton. The silk varieties are basically embraced in the traditional customs and marriages, while the cotton ones are worn as daily wear.

Pancha Dhoti

Dhoti wearing one style -normal in Tamilnadu

Dupion Silk Dhoti in Light Beige

Another style panchakachcham

Global Influence

It has influenced the global culture in many ways. People across the globe are wearing the traditional dhoti in the pant style and have made it a modern day style statement.

Accessorizing

With dhoti, men wear a kurta or shirt when at home. During ceremonies, they carry a cloth called angavasthram to cover their upper body. In case of farmers, a towel acts as an accessory. For dhoti pants, women can pair pearl necklaces or beads adding to the inherent charm of the outfit.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

  • They have become colorful in the northern regions of India but have maintained its traditional white color with a colorful border in the Southern regions.
  • They have turned into dhoti pants with the innovations made on it.

I am confident that our esteemed viewers would have found this post interesting. We end this story and we shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then GOOD BYE!

59 AS A TEETOTALER!

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To resolve and to execute something others do not venture
Needs   deep thinking, will power and God’s grace indeed in good measure!!
Not taking coffee, tea is something of this genre and that too at
Twenty one after accustomed for more than a decade sure great!

After listening to an illuminating obiter dicta
Like observation by a great spiritual head KANCHI ACHARYA
On December twenty second of Nineteen Sixty as a final
Year college student of Alagappa College, Karaikudi
Decided to give up my much cherished coffee tea from the following
Sankaranthi day on Fourteenth January Ninety Sixty One!
And today I am FIFTY NINE as a  teetotaler absolute
Though several years spent in cold climate like OOTY and Bikaner!

Managing with milk or butter milk depending on availability
It all depends on one’s will power for a marketing man especially
I was for a major slot of service in Life Insurance Corporation
Much to the delight of colleagues leading to their appreciation!

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Oh! METRO!

 

Living in a metropolitan city like Chennai, METRO means many things! Metro water tankers plying to cover nook and corner to provide drinking water, pedestrians and vehiclers(?!) trying to cross with least regard for safety and getting into collision, blaming metro tankers for all the ills something unfortunate!
This week’s Sunday story (1800th post) in ENVIUS THOUGHTS  deals with the pride of the city METRO RAIL and my recent ride just for its sake from Thirumangalam to Airport and back was indeed a nice and pleasant experience -for me who has not even seen since it started three years ago!

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There are two corridors as of now and the details:

Corridor Length
Washermenpet to Airport 23.1 kms
Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount 22.0 kms
Total 45.1 kms.

The details of the two corridors are given below:

Corridor-1:
Washermenpet–Broadway (Prakasam Road)–Chennai Central Station–Rippon Building–along Cooum River–Government Estate–Tarapore Towers–Spencers–Gemini–Anna Salai–Saidapet–Guindy–Chennai Airport

Corridor-2:
Chennai Central–along EVR Periyar Salai–Vepery–Kilpauk Medical College–Aminjikarai–Shenoy Nagar–Annanagar East-Anna Nagar 2nd avenue–Tirumangalam–Koyambedu-CMBT–along Inner Ring Road–Vadapalani–Ashok Nagar–SIDCO–Alandur–St. Thomas Mount.

The portions of Corridor-1 with a length of 14.3 kms. from Washermanpet to Saidapet, and Corridor-2 with a length of 9.7 kms. from Chennai Central to Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue will be underground and the remainder elevated.

My jolly ride with my two boys, daughters in law and grandson was just for a little more than a couple of hours last week. We enjoyed it thoroughly as there was no rush worth mentioning.

My boys who have seen several Metro rails in the country and abroad opined that Chennai Metro Rail can be rated as the best! Frequency, maintenance of the coaches and the stations, over all cleanliness every aspect was spic and span!

Here are some of the snaps we had:

 

This way I enjoyed my maiden METRO VOYAGE on 28th December.
We end this Sunday Story with this and we shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then BYE!
May GOD be with YOU!

 

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Thirumangalam Metro Station.

NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!

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Funny days and functions are there all over the world to enjoy
They too have a meaning and significance which we have to unfold!
To keep us trim and have a decent look by shaving regularly
Every one has his own method! one follows meticulously !

He shaves once in three days-days multiples of three- three, six, nine….
Hair cut only on penultimate Sundays of all odd months-one, three, five….
Unless the day  happens to be an auspicious day like New Moon Day .,
I know him for the past seventy nine years and he is ‘this blogger’!
In service and out of service= retired life now- the same practice .

No-Shave November is this month to bring in awareness by embracing
Our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild
And free. Donate the money we spend on shaving and grooming to educate
About cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle!

No shaving gives a majestic look of its own-cherished by youngsters
And several hair styles developed these days giving a look peculiar
Hair stylists probably make a research to satisfy their clients
Any how that is an indication of the society’s progress!

National Thrift shop Day-AUGUST 17.

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What a great concept put into practice in America for long?
August Seventeenth-third Saturday of August every year
Is NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP day -a day eagerly looked forward by all
To make purchases of whatever they need at more or less half the rate!

Budget bound poor and middle class people are everywhere desiring
Purchase of furniture or utensils, books or shelves, fridge or ACs
At the concessional rates in those thrift shops- not compromising
Quality or color of our choice -great opportunities sure and pure

Shops collect the used ones and recondition them – restoring their
Originality and the not so rich with low budget at disposal
Make use of the seemingly fun day and equip their homes very well
Indeed a nice concept and well put into practice regular-helps all!

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NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY-May 17th.

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Walking indeed is a gift of God for the humans- enjoyed till my early twenties
Sixty years ago- walk to college to and fro just sixteen miles-pleasure it was!
Let us forget four annas for college bus was a luxury and chose to walk
That stands in good stead at age seventy nine! Cycling to office great days!

Later couple of cars and bikes and cycles for years at home for use to go
Anywhere and every where-near or far-indispensable they had become-lo!
Third Friday of May-National Bike to Work day kindling thoughts
Of vehicles less and full- life!Great the benefits of biking!

People need to be encouraged to use bicycle to work.and all
Bicycling to work increases happiness helps brain function better.
Helps save all that money to be spent on petrol or bus fare.
Let us take cycle or jump on and enjoy a nice ride to work.

Benefits of Bicycling to Work are many physically, mentally and emotionally
Burns calories as jogging but less strains to joints. boosts our energy,
Lowers pressure, builds muscle, improves aerobic fitness!improves mental function.
Improves memory, learning and brain’s overall performance. makes better at work.

Saves money.convenient than car. getting stuck in traffic; finding parking spot;
Sudden mechanical problems gasoline or not. With bike, no problems. pedal right

Allows fresh air, be closer with surrounds and see the world
Not stressful- safer- Car emissions pollute the environment.
Jump on bike and pedal to work and then home again. with bike to work
Healthier, happier, more productive at work and save money!–

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EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY May 11th.

 

 

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Wonderful day it is for the likes of me prohibited to EAT WHAT I WANT
Reasons several- may be health mainly- but keeping quiet sans eating I can’t!
Today May Eleventh a nice day “EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY” very gratifying
Let me think more and enjoy the day-collecting what all I want-satisfying!

National Day celebrated with enthusiasm in the United States
Having breakfast for dinner-freedom to choose, have fluffy stack
Of pancakes with a side of bacon before bedtime stomach will be happy
Break the routine no tiffin box to be carried-lunch at a hotel-costly!

Enjoying the company and the break from the usual idli, dosa, curd bath
Getting kids involved- on this day let the kids decide what will be the menu
Creating opportunity for them to help out with the meal to likes of all
No counting calories and restricting from consuming foods-sans sense of guilt.

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