Not too many years later, here in Pune (which is a big city and a university town), the ladies and especially the younger ladies are wearing Western clothing like crazy. Fancy dress is still 100% Indian, and these Indian ladies seriously know how to dress up. But casual wear on the street seems almost 50-50 between western wear and Indian wear. So, I'm as likely to leave the house in my t-shirt and jeans as in my salwar kameez... Some combo of the two seems to be my favorite outfit - an Indian kurta (sort of like a lightweight tunic top) with a pair of jeans or long pants. Luckily, my favorite flip flops blend in perfectly!
I was thinking how funny though, that us foreigners like to come and buy Indian outfits, while the Indian gals are buying Western outfits. Meanwhile, at the grocery store, we were buying khakras (world's best cracker-like-product!!!), and parathas, and spices and mango pickle... while the Indian family in front of us was buying Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Ha ha!
It's so nice that we all seem to have the same impulse - to learn about other experiences and cultures and options out there in the world. So I'll put on my tunic and order a lime soda with my parathas, while the gal in the tee shirt and skinny jeans goes to the mall and eats at Pizza Hut. Ha!