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Navjote nostalgia

Preparations began months in advance for the navjote of my sister and myself in 1940. There were visits to Bombay to select my dagli as well as dress materials, saris and shoes for the ladies. The focus was on the fashion in vogue and the latest style. Only the best tailors were engaged for stitching the dresses. The most attractive looking invitation cards were selected. At home in Udvada, arrangements had to be made for the comfortable accommodation of about 40 guests — uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and friends of friends. The doctors’ quarters in the Damanwala Dispensary, which my......

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