As I walked around Hyderabad, I observed a distinct lack of women wearing dresses and I was stumped.
A little background:
Hyderabad, like all Indian cities has had an increasing number of women wearing western clothes in public places. When I was in high school, few women were walking around in jeans and now lots of them are. When I see people’s photos on Facebook, many women are often in dresses, halter necks etc. They are sitting in cafes and restaurants in dresses or hanging out with friends outside. Even the popular Indian shopping websites have many dresses. I assumed given these observations, many women would be walking around in dresses at least in certain upmarket areas like malls and residential areas.
I barely saw any woman wearing a dress. I was standing in a very crowded inorbit mall and looked searched for women wearing dresses. I saw only 2 on a crowded Saturday evening. One of them was an anchor for some show in the mall. Ditto in residential areas. I waited for over 40 minutes on a busy road in Banjara hills to be picked up by my friend. Why I wondered. Why do I see these people on FB wearing dresses while I cannot spot one in malls/cafes/restaurants?* Who is buying from online shops, if nobody seems to be wearing them? Also, barely anybody stared at me when I wore a dress in the malls. So, though safety could be cited but I do not see any issue if someone comes and goes in their car and walks only inside the mall or restaurant.Note to myself: It is very easy to distort ground reality on FB.
None of my friends gave me a satisfactory answer. Here are some of their replies:
- They do not like to expose their legs [ Well, what about maxi dresses?]
- They wear it, take nice photos, post on FB to get likes and go back to wearing jeans ha ha.
- No idea.
Have anybody else observed this? What do you think are the plausible reasons for this case?Read about my India trip # 1 here.