A step-by-step guide to buying and wearing a sari for the first time

If you’ve never worn a sari before, you may think that draping nine yards of fabric around yourself in an attractive way while ensuring it does not unravel even through vigorous dancing seems pretty complicated and daunting. Well guess what – it is complicated and daunting! But only at the beginning… after living in Sri Lanka for 8+ years I now view it as only…

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The tale of the unraveling sari

Have you ever wrestled with nine yards of fabric and desperately tried to drape it around your body while watching YouTube tutorials? Yeah, er, me neither… The first time I attempted to wear a sari was for a party in Costa Rica. A coworker from India had brought us saris as gifts and I asked my soon-to-be Sri Lankan husband to drape it for me…

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On why you really should try digging into a plate of rice and curry with your hand

Sri Lankans eat with their hands. Actually that’s not correct – Sri Lankans eat with their hand. Their right hand to be precise. (Unless they’re left handed, in which case they use their left but not their right. Confused? Good, read on.) It’s not only Sri Lankans who do it – people in parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia practice what’s known as…

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