How Mandira Bedi taught me to wear a Saree, and other positives of Social Media


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I think a Saree is a beautiful garment. Ask me to wear one though and it suddenly transforms into the most complicated 6 yards of cloth! Reason? I don’t know how to wear a saree right. Or at least I didn’t, till Mandira Bedi taught me.

Mandira Bedi taught me to wear a saree? Yes.

Do I know her? No.

Then how?

On YouTube !

On a quest to learn to drape a saree I surfed through multiple videos, where the women talked endlessly, before and during the saree draping tutorial, so much that I was distracted. Then I chanced upon Mandira Bedi’s video where this wonderful, inspiring woman got straight to the point and taught me to wear a saree right, with the camera poised at the right angles, and sharing little tips and tricks along the way.

And why did I want to wear a saree? After looking at all the gorgeous pictures of women flaunting their sarees all over Instagram, thanks to the #100SareePact .

‘Seeing you girls sharing pics on our Whatsapp group, I want to get Ganpati home too!’ exclaimed my friend last year.

She is a finance professional who migrated to Canada more than a decade ago. Between her husband and herself, they juggle their professional and personal life and bring up their child. Every minute of her day is accounted for, which is why when she shared this thought I was surprised.

I let it pass as just another statement, till she texted me that they are getting Bappa home this year.

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Social Media gets more than its share of brickbats, but how many times do we pause to realise the benefits we are reaping through it? From business to relationships we have it all at the click of a button.

As someone living away from my family for 6 years now Social Media is my major, everyday connect to them. I have seen my Twin Nieces grow up through videos on Whatsapp. I know what Mom has cooked on a special occasion through Instagram.

Have you realised how festivals and traditions are being revived, a big thanks going out to Social Media for that as well, for is it not the pictures people share that make us want to do something similar, much like my friend who brought Bappa home this year.

When I got married, I didn’t know to cook. A major chunk of the cooking I now know I learnt through YouTube and Blogs.

It is my observation that we are taking an effort to dress up, for occasions or just to share our #OOTD pics (Outfit of The Day) I give full credit to social media for that, for if it wasn’t for sharing my pics, I just wouldn’t make the effort to dress up as well as I do.

Awareness has increased, information flows and connections happen, all thanks to whatever Social Media platform we choose to be active upon. Click To Tweet

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9 thoughts on “How Mandira Bedi taught me to wear a Saree, and other positives of Social Media

  1. Wonderful post. I completely agree about social media. Like everything else,bit also has it’s positives and negatives. But the way it has changed things around is commendable.

  2. I agree. Social media has helped people a lot on long distance relationships. And the term ‘long distance relationship’ doesn’t include only boyfriend and girlfriend kind of relation. And Yes, we make an effort to dress up to post a good pic on social media. Even I think that while dressing up for an event or festival. Full marks to social media for that.

  3. I remember Mandira Bedi as cricket league’s host donning pretty saree. She actually glamorized sarees.
    Social media, yes yes definitely. All thanks for social media, that we met and I cherish each and every thing you share via these channels to us.
    Lovely Monday Morning post Mayuri.

  4. Surprisingly, I too learnt how to drape a sari by watching Youtube videos, though being a South-Indian. It has taken a decade to finally drape it in a way that is presentable.Lol. The post-title is indeed captivating,M 😀

  5. There are two sides to a coin. Social media has both negative and positive aspects. As you say everything is a click of a button away and information flows thick and fast among communities. Social media can definitely not be denied its fair share of credit. But it is human nature to always focus on the negative aspects of things. I remember when I was a young programmer in the late eighties there was no google and we had to get everything we needed out of books. Programming was not so easy. Now just a couple of keywords about your problem in a google search and voila! the problem is solved. Yes, you are right. Social media has to be given its fair share of credit.

  6. I don’t know how I learned to drape a sari with in two attempts. I am still not a saree lover. But when my mother taught me, I learned it correct. Initially I was not confident about my saree wearing skills. But now I can say I wear it pretty well.

  7. Social networking isn’t for everyone. However, it’s now such a massive part of all our lives, whether we embrace or reject the notion, that it can no longer be ignored.It has never been easier to make friends than it is right now. And that’s mainly thanks to social networking sites. Just a few decades ago it was pretty tough to connect with people, unless you were the overly outgoing type able to make conversation with anyone at a party. The rise of mobile phones helped change this, connecting people in a new way, but then social networks sprang up and the whole idea of friendship changed again. And there’s no going back. It’s entirely possible to have hundreds of friends on Facebook. They may not be friends you know on a personal level and spend time with in the real world on a weekly basis. But they’re friends nonetheless. There are several people I consider friends who I have never met — in fact, I may never meet them — but that doesn’t lessen the connection we have thanks to social networks.

  8. From my experience social media has been a source of information and learning, Mayuri. I think we’ve all got to learn to pick what we want to learn, who we want to be connected to and how we will allow things to affect us. If we have our feet firmly planted in the ‘real’ world, social media is fantastic!

    PS: I was hoping to see a lot of pics of you rocking a sari! 😉

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