Arun Aunty, Toronto, Canada

"… my sartorial philosophy is so complicated. I hated the restrictions placed upon me when I lived in India. The compulsion to wear a sari to work galled me as I had always worn shalwar kameez until I was hired to teach. I felt I had been put into a prison. Riding Delhi buses in a sari was a nightmare. So, I love wearing outfits that require the least maintenance and that give me freedom of movement… So I find it tedious to constantly be told about the elegance and gracefulness of saris. Yes, I am happy to wear a sari to a do, but it takes effort to iron it, and then I have to use pins so my palla does not keep slipping. I prefer utility to gracefulness… My hair is also, I guess, a complex story. When I grew up, women of my class were forbidden to cut their hair, and when I first got my hair short after moving to Delhi for work, my mother was very angry. And she remained angry, never accepting my choice. To the very end. I like hair that I can maintain with the least fuss, and least cost. And so the even shorter hair in the photo is an experiment. Not sure what my next ‘look’ will be. Also, I find it bizarre that many people have complimented me for not dyeing my hair. Well, I don’t have the patience for it. Natural is best for me… “

Timestamp: 1410275233

Arun Aunty, Toronto, Canada

"… my sartorial philosophy is so complicated. I hated the restrictions placed upon me when I lived in India. The compulsion to wear a sari to work galled me as I had always worn shalwar kameez until I was hired to teach. I felt I had been put into a prison. Riding Delhi buses in a sari was a nightmare. So, I love wearing outfits that require the least maintenance and that give me freedom of movement… So I find it tedious to constantly be told about the elegance and gracefulness of saris. Yes, I am happy to wear a sari to a do, but it takes effort to iron it, and then I have to use pins so my palla does not keep slipping. I prefer utility to gracefulness… My hair is also, I guess, a complex story. When I grew up, women of my class were forbidden to cut their hair, and when I first got my hair short after moving to Delhi for work, my mother was very angry. And she remained angry, never accepting my choice. To the very end. I like hair that I can maintain with the least fuss, and least cost. And so the even shorter hair in the photo is an experiment. Not sure what my next ‘look’ will be. Also, I find it bizarre that many people have complimented me for not dyeing my hair. Well, I don’t have the patience for it. Natural is best for me… “

Gowrie Aunty, Toronto, Canada.

"I like to wear saris all the time unless I go get groceries. And in the winter it is easier to wear thermals with a sari."

Timestamp: 1410275054

Gowrie Aunty, Toronto, Canada.

"I like to wear saris all the time unless I go get groceries. And in the winter it is easier to wear thermals with a sari."

Suproba Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1409017418

Suproba Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Polly Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408994406

Polly Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Sushma Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372886

Sushma Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Renu Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372863

Renu Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Bhoopi Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372814

Bhoopi Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Madhu Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372764

Madhu Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Deepa Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372721

Deepa Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Poonam Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372676

Poonam Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Reema Aunty, Toronto, Canada

"I always take pictures at all the events, even when I am going out with the family to eat at a restaurant. The intent is to have collection of memories that I always reflect back on. It is my pass time to admire pictures. All of us make a sincere effort in dressing up and I like to capture the moment."

Timestamp: 1408372620

Reema Aunty, Toronto, Canada

"I always take pictures at all the events, even when I am going out with the family to eat at a restaurant. The intent is to have collection of memories that I always reflect back on. It is my pass time to admire pictures. All of us make a sincere effort in dressing up and I like to capture the moment."

Kanch Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372602

Kanch Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Rama Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372567

Rama Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Lalita Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1408372427

Lalita Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Renuka Aunty, Toronto, Canada

Timestamp: 1406313720

Renuka Aunty, Toronto, Canada