What is acceptable (for women) to wear in Kerala?

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#61 Jan 7th, 2013, 23:54
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post This is a gross generalization.

If you really believe this to be the case then you should wear sunglasses and pretend they are all brown people.
LOL! Why would I pretend white people weren't white? I don't think I said I was on some mission to never laugh again.
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Originally Posted by kanaiyaazhi View Post On the contrary, I have been extremely consistent on who gets giggles -- white people playing dress up in Indian clothes. There are many types of foreigners (many of them not white!) and they wear many types of clothes, and many of them don't look comical.

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White girl in a salwar kameez - tee hee
White girl in a shiny jewel-toned pattu podavai - lol
White girl with light hair with pottu and flowers - lololol
Is this a Chennai(or southern) speciality?
Because I have not seen it when travelling with white women wearing salwar kameez. She didnot get compliments or adverse comments. Its more like people took her up as a person... same as they did for me - an Indian.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Is this a Chennai(or southern) speciality?
Because I have not seen it when travelling with white women wearing salwar kameez. She didnot get compliments or adverse comments. Its more like people took her up as a person... same as they did for me - an Indian.
A teehee isn't an "adverse comment," and it is hopefully discreet, most especially if one expects to make money interacting with said object-of-teehees.

But anyway, I have said all that needs to be said. Back to reading about Jaffna!
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A teehee at the expense of another human being you think is "comical" is an adverse comment.
A "white girl" is human.

BTW - as I am Indian and very well able to understand even discreet teehees if they happened... I think this must be a chennai speciality.
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one of them had a listing in the Hindu of musical concerts with "astikas welcome".
ok, now I know you speak the lingo, know what azhwars are and all that, but you are sure it wasn't rasikas welcome? Because that would be usual. Even temple concert announcements don't usually lay on the religious angle --- which is why I felt uncomfortable about the "devotees" thing
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ok, now I know you speak the lingo, know what azhwars are and all that, but you are sure it wasn't rasikas welcome? Because that would be usual. Even temple concert announcements don't usually lay on the religious angle --- which is why I felt uncomfortable about the "devotees" thing
Yes, "rasikas" would be the normal and unremarkable thing to say, which is why "astikas" caught my eye. I wanted to go and enter into a debate on post-Vedic philosophy but I left my undergrad texts at home :-)
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Originally Posted by kanaiyaazhi View Post On the contrary, I have been extremely consistent on who gets giggles -- white people playing dress up in Indian clothes. There are many types of foreigners (many of them not white!) and they wear many types of clothes, and many of them don't look comical.

Let me rate it for you:
White girl in a salwar kameez - tee hee
White girl in a shiny jewel-toned pattu podavai - lol
White girl with light hair with pottu and flowers - lololol
i have no idea what a pattu or a pottu is but it's clear you are speaking utter nonsense. it has nothing to do with white or brown - it's all to do with how the person carries himself/herself in his/her clothes.
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Originally Posted by anar View Post it has nothing to do with white or brown -
oh, I think it has a lot to do with color and gender.....
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i have no idea what a pattu or a pottu is
And... it is a forum rule to post in English --- or provide translations
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post oh, I think it has a lot to do with color and gender.....
I don't think it has much to do with gender, except that white men are much less inclined to play dress up. The rare white guy with dreads in a lunghi in Puduchery was also the subject of discreet lols.

Hm, I don't think there is an English translation of pottu, or at least I don't know what it would be.
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Originally Posted by kanaiyaazhi View Post On the contrary, I have been extremely consistent on who gets giggles -- white people playing dress up in Indian clothes. There are many types of foreigners (many of them not white!) and they wear many types of clothes, and many of them don't look comical.

Let me rate it for you:
White girl in a salwar kameez - tee hee
White girl in a shiny jewel-toned pattu podavai - lol
White girl with light hair with pottu and flowers - lololol
Wow, unbelievably rude. And you're so proud of being this rude! Well, if you see me - white woman with light hair - in Indian clothing and it makes you laugh, I guess enjoy your rude laughter. I'll dress in a salwar kameez whether you approve of it or not.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post oh, I think it has a lot to do with color and gender.....
like I said....

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Originally Posted by kanaiyaazhi View Post I don't think it has much to do with gender, except that white men are much less inclined to play dress up.....
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my aunt in the punjab had a good remedy for men who 'misbehaved' with her - a tight slap. i think laughing - out loud or discreetly (it can't be both) - at someone for such a flimsy reason is tantamount to misbehaviour and deserves that kind of treatment.
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Wear anything you want, no hard and fast rule! You need to be comfortable at travel time thats it! Also save yourself from mosquito and wear full sleeve clothes in mosquito areas....
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