Today, a Purdue alum took me on a tour of Delhi with his family. He cam around 8 a.m. to pick me up at my hostel. I spent some time getting ready and deciding what to wear- should I wear traditional Indian clothing or western clothing; what will keep me cool and looking presentable all day; etc.? I finally settled on a loose orange western-style top and brown linen pants with a long scarf. The clothing was western, but still similar to the Indian style. I also thought that the loose pants would keep me cool as we trekked through the sights of Delhi. When he arrived, I proudly hopped in the left side (I finally figured it out). The only trouble was that in my eagerness, my billowy pants caught on something in the car and I heard a distinct ripping noise as I sat. Horrified, I reached back to see what (and were) the hole was. Turned out it was in the back on the seat of the pants. I couldn’t be sure, but I guessed that the hole was about 3″ round. Great! Thankfully, the driver was still outside the car and missed the whole thing. What to do? Do I ask him to wait, so I can go inside and change? If I do that, how do I explain what happened? Before I could decide we were speeding off to his cousin’s house to pick up the rest of his family. When we arrived there and exited the car, I pulled my purse down and around and held it over my backside. I then asked to use the restroom. Assessing the damage in the privacy of the bathroom, I decided the only thing to do was to tie the hole into a knot and wear the pants backward (with the knot in the front). The knot would be reasonably well-hidden by my long scarf and no one would be able to tell that the pants were on backwards. Mission accomplished. I spent the entire day like that with no one the wiser. Keep calm and carry on.
This is a picture taken of my pants after I arrived back in the hostel and took them off- the knot survived 10 hours of walking around Delhi, taking numerous auto-rickshaws and the metro. Who needs a sewing kit?