The Bangalore Airport is busy as usual, but the queue at the security check point is unusually slow. As I join the row of craning necks to see what the fuss is about, I’m mesmerized by an elegant lady in her late 30s.
She’s wearing one of those organza silk sarees – a gorgeous blue with a contrasting Banaras border in muted beige. The trendy blouse is navy blue cotton with a pink motif hand block print and antique embroidered sequins. The entire look is eye-catching, yet elegant.
She waits patiently, while the lady on security duty stares in stupor. “Is there a problem?” I hear her ask. This seems to break the spell. The khaki-clad woman hurriedly proceeds to stamp her boarding pass and hands it over saying, “Nahi madam,” and adds, “Saree sundar hai aur aap bhi!” As she disappears through the gate in a flash of blue, the memory of her elegance lingers.