She Like a Song Played Again

26 Nov

Did Gursharan Kaur wear the same saree to her two State Dinners at the White House? And is it wrong that this makes me love her a tiny bit? :mrgreen:

I can’t see the pallu properly so I can’t make a definitive call but it looks amazingly alike.

The more I look at them, the more hilarious I find it. There you have Michelle Obama, towering over the two of them like a goddess, in a Naeem Khan hand-made (in India! the exoticism comes gratis!) original that’d probably retail anywhere between $5000 and $15,000 and there you have the adorable Ms. Kaur in her basic black Kancheepuram saree that I’d be shocked to purchase for more than two thousand rupees. Fine, I might pay an extra thousand if it’s an especially tony shop and yell “Thief!” while I’m at it, but don’t tell me it sells for more than that.

Yin and yang at the White House.

But for reals, Dr. S – buy your wife a nice saree or two. Ladies like that sort of thing. You’re the Prime Minister, I’m sure someone in your office can figure out where to get ’em.

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Source: The fabulous Mrs. O


Posted by on November 26, 2009 in Celebrity, News, Newsmakers, Politics


20 responses to “She Like a Song Played Again

  1. Srinivas

    November 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Dont think they are the same.

    The latest one seems to have some sort of a design on it.

    But she looks great – pretty dignified and gracious. So does Ms. O of course. 🙂

  2. neha

    November 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Oh they’re definitely different. The first one has detail on the saree itself.. and a very different border. The pallu detail length is different too. But they look very similar. It’s sort of sweet I think. Dr S has gone from light blue pagdi to a deeper blue.

    Sigh. So sweet.

  3. sachita

    November 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    they are diff. black color signifies formal do:) and there is only so much you can do with black color for a saree unless one is jayaprada or rekha, then you blind ppl with jari.

    i like how they kept it simple.
    might be part of that austerity drive they are talking abt? then it is very dumb.

  4. memsaab

    November 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    What I’m struck by is that I DON’T want to gag when I look at the top picture, but seriously do when I look at the second. Has nothing to do with the Singhs or sarees though.

  5. Ramsu

    November 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hey, Manmohan Singh’s turban seems darker in the newer pic. Hasn’t anyone got on the ‘subliminal racist message’ bandwagon yet? 😀


  6. pitu

    November 26, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    They’re tewtally diff saris. The Obama one looks like an Odissi ikat actually. See the pallu with the pattern. Also it has small golden buttas allover on it. The Bush wali black sari has a horizontal striped pallu and no golden buttas. However the blouses are same and she’s accessorised both times with very similar pearl necklaces. I think she and Mr Singh looks simply adorable. How smashing does Michelle look?! The less said about the Bushes the better 😛

  7. apu

    November 27, 2009 at 12:08 am

    tsk, tsk, Amrita. They’re different saris, except they’re both black. Mrs. S perhaps loves black. The one with the Obamas has small golden buttas and a smallish temple border while the one with the Bushes has neither of these…

  8. apu

    November 27, 2009 at 12:09 am

    This also shows that you wear saris…perhaps never ? 🙂

  9. Shrabonti

    November 27, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Well, they are not totally different, they are both black and red for instance, but they are strikingly similar. But she does seem to be wearing the same jewellery!

  10. Nita

    November 27, 2009 at 4:54 am

    To me too the sarees look different. Actually a lot of saree wearing women have several similar looking sarees and they might seems the same. Also I think I am rather proud of the simplicity of our first lady. In fact she towers above them all!

  11. Nita

    November 27, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Also, something tells me that Mrs. MM would go and buy a saree if she wanted to. Somehow MM doesn’t seem the dominating type!

  12. BlueMist

    November 27, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I loved Mrs. MMS in both times. Very elegant and Graceful. Thank god she preferred to stick to her comfort zone than trying trying out something out of the way.

  13. Shivani

    November 27, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Oh, they are different for sure, though it does look like she has an unnatural liking for these 2 colours. I was about to say that Dr. MMS definitely wore the same bandhgala for the 2 occassions till I saw the pockets in the second pic 😀
    What he *should* buy her though is some pretty pretty jewellery esp. bangles on ’em chubby, matronly hands

    and ROFL @ Ramsu.

  14. dehati dood

    November 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    arey baba…two different sarres with same design 😛

  15. harini calamur

    November 28, 2009 at 12:26 am

    its quaint and lovely 🙂
    the sarees look different. but, even if they weren’t it is quaint and lovely.
    and, so very middle class — which possibly is why MMS is regarded with so much affection amongst the middle class 🙂

  16. Amrita

    November 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm


    And I thought I had a scoop. I didn’t even notice the booties. So much for my eyesight. 😦

    Oh well, I still think she’s adorable if not as thrifty as previously thought.

  17. M

    November 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    And as someone who owns, at last count, 5 black saris, of which 4 are variants of black-and-zari kanjeevarams, (I went radical on the 5th and got black with an orange border!) – I now am officially a fan of Mrs.MM! (Never knew anything abt her before).

    And Rs2000? Don’t think so – if the saris were bought in the last 10 years – they look heavyweight, so Rs 5000 I think 🙂 🙂


  18. apu

    November 29, 2009 at 12:15 am

    On a related note, I’m curious to know how the protocol works – given that spouses of Presidents/PMs etc attend lots of events etc, do they get an unlimited allowance that lets them buy designer stuff or do they only have a “decent” budget and pay for the frills themselves? Any enlightened souls who can tell me?

  19. Amrita

    November 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

    M – well with the booties and if its a good weight, you’re probably right. 🙂

    Apu – afaik there is no such allowance. You want to wear pretty clothes, you buy them or else you find a shop / designer who thinks its an honor to dress you and “donates” their work for your benefit. Anyway, most politicians who make it to that level can afford to foot the bill for their clothes.

  20. sitaji

    December 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I wish it had been the same sari, but the verdict here in the comments seems to show it’s not. 😦 Good thought though Amrita. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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