JHAJJAR, India, April 5 (Reuters) – Pradeep Singh is at ease
as he lounges on a charpai, a makeshift rope bed, smoking a
hookah in the courtyard of his ancestral house. His male cousins
sit beside him while the womenfolk demonstrate the art of
milking cows to guests from the city.
For many Indians who live in western-styled, air-conditioned
houses in urban areas, this pastoral setting in the northern
Indian state of Haryana is an alien lifestyle, one that Singh
packages and exhibits as a tourist attraction.
The upcoming session of the Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s glamour-packed cricket tournament, will see a sartorial anomaly come to life — cheerleaders wrapped in saris.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, has decided to cover their cheerleaders in one of the most traditional Indian outfits — a marked departure from their 2008 wardrobe when a lot of skin, from midriff to thighs, was on display.