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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chennai - wedding shopping and books

Returned from Chennai exhausted. It was a whirlwind shopping trip - it was very hot,
humid and very crowded. I did not know until I hit the shops that it was sale time.
Aadi is very big in Chennai - not at all in Sri Lanka - amongst Hindus that is, so it took me unawares. I was delighted of course with the discounts!!!

3 years ago my favourite shop was Pothy's - it was under construction at the time. The shop was enormous at the time and seemed to have the widest range of saris, and churidars ever. Now it is ginormous. It covers saris, churidars, lehngas (all forms of dress for those of you who dont know), mens wear of every color and style - ethnic and western, children's wear of every kind, jewellery of every imaginable kind
and so much more. I finally spent the whole day at Pothy's and collected practically
everything needed for the bride, the groom, the priests, the page boys, the bridesmaids in fact for everyone including myself!

My shopping at Landmark - the bookshop of Chennai - was for just an hour and it had to be a quick choice. I went for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Sarah Waters Affinity and someone whom I have wanted to read for a very long time Roopa Farooki and her book Corner Shop.

Reading of course is on the backburner right now, though I am visiting blogs and reading through book reviews. Hopefully I will get back to my books and to my quilting soon.

10 comments:

S. Krishna said...

Ooh, I haven't read any of those but they are very high on my list! Glad your trip was so successful!

She Means Well... said...

I'd love to see some photos of your shopping spree spoils - I can just imagine the colours!

Darlene said...

I haven't read those books but they are all on my want to read list. I'd love to see some pictures too. The way you describe everything sounds so wonderful.

Cheryl said...

I haven't heard of those books yet. Yes, you should post pictures!

Sakura said...

That's a great selection of books there! I've never been to India (!) but everyone who has always talks about the shopping and the food! Hope to make it there one day just to drown in all that shopping!

bermudaonion said...

I'm so glad your trip was productive and your able to squeeze some essential shopping in there for books!

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Congratulations on the successful shopping trip. You must feel good about accomplishing all that.

Marie said...

I'd love to see some pictures, too- the shopping sounds like so much fun!

leeswammes said...

You had a very busy but successful trip. Please show pictures! :-)

I've read the Jacob de Zoet book and loved it. Hope you will too.

Lady Q said...

Thousand Autumns is on my TBR list. What a great shopping day you had! Thanks for visiting my Mailbox Monday!