Hello peeps .... this is the second post in our series .... where we profile street beggars in and around Delhi primarily .... At the onset, as we already said in our first post on this topic .... we specify that the object of this exercise is purely sartorial .... this is not a social or moral commentary on the rights and wrongs of begging .... The existence of beggars in India is a given .... they co exist side by side with all sorts of people from various economic backgrounds .... this then is just a documentation on our part .... where we have captured them as they are .... if they happen to catch our eye with what they wear .... The idea is not to glamourise them either .... for what they wear is almost always a matter of what is available to them as a necessity ... mostly charity clothes .... but Style is always a personal subject .... and many a times we have been inspired by the way the clothes come together .... This is just another topic for blogging for us .... it doesn't reflect nor indicate our personal views on the subject of "begging" .... Its about the clothes, period. .... you can read the first in our series here ( Indian Beggar Style Diaries Part 1 ) 


"Must a name mean something ?" Alice asked doubtfully
"Of course it must"  Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh ; "my name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.” 
- Lewis Carroll



Indian beggars
Simran and Raj







Their stories were as impressive as their catchy colour coordinated ensembles ...... Simran and Raj ..... yes thats their name ..... When i was writing their names down, i asked them twice .... No, once wasn't enough ..... after all we didn't want to sound too filmy ( Raj and Simran will be forever our favourite lovebirds from film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, for Indians ) ..... as they repeated 'Didi, Simran and Raj'' ..... i looked at them and was telling myself that you heard it right :) ...... Both were not only colour coordinated .... but their names were as well !!

The story was ..... Raj's mother got a Diwali gift ...... a three piece unstitched cloth material ( salwar /pants, kameez / long shirt and chunni / Indian scarf ) ..... from where she worked as a domestic help ..... Raj's mother started to use her chunni for her day to day wear  ..... and forgot about the cloth material ..... until later when her brother, ..... who works at a local tailor shop .... took the material from her .... to use at his shop .... He chose to make Raj something from bits of the material ..... That Boheme printed shirt which Raj is wearing along with those pair of shorts which Simran is wearing was a result of his Tailor Uncle's gift ! :) ..... Everyone gets inspired from something or the other ..... Even Raj did ..... As i questioned him .... "Raj, why aren't you wearing the shorts with your shirt?" ..... He said "Simran likes wearing clothes like you girls from the city ..... so i gave the shorts to her ..... And i like wearing briefs just like Salman Khan " !! ... (Salman Khan should love us now, we JUST featured his youngest fan!!! ) .... Simran interrupted Raj midway and exclaimed ..... “Didi its summers, i feel comfortable in them ...... which is why i am happy Raj gave them to me!”  .... Comfortable summer wear and Bollywood trends !!! ..... These kids are clothes thinkers for sure :) ..... Also notice Simran's bead bracelet and the zipper detailing on Raj's shirt ..... If these outfits came out of a fashion house .... fashionistas would say .... Trend : Neon and Tribal Print :p ..... Again these are simple calico cotton .... to know more about it .... read our previous series post :)
Stylecheck : Raj ..... for that utterly nonchalant pose and rocking something loose on top and tight on bottom .... haha :D

Text and pic : Aanchal Sukhija

Until next time,

DSB




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