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This is the season for marriages, which means time for men to dress badly again. You see these double standards—dress up in firang land, sab chalta hai back home

Bombay Diary
Bombay Diary
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Badly Drawn Men

This is the season for marriages, which means time for men to dress badly again. The other evening at a wedding reception in the suburbs, the only man dressed for the occasion was the bridegroom, but one supposes he had no choice. No one else, including the couple’s fathers, wore a suit or an achkan; in fact, they both wore striped shirts as if they were in some gilded prison. Two days later at a South Bombay restaurant, the swish set gathered for a celebratory evening. A dress code was specified but only half the invitees took it seriously, and these were the women.

Contrast this with a wedding I attended in London recently. The restaurant’s ceiling shimmered with golden stars, but that didn’t outshine the glamorous dresses worn by the women guests. Amazingly—to an Indian eye, at least—the men were impeccably attired too. And surprise,...

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