Yesterday was a day of revelation for me; was in Agra for a wedding and this is what I experienced...
a) Women in North India don't feel cold at all (poor men, I suspect that since women don't feel cold men have to take women's share as well).
b) Its not a myth that all our film actresses also don't feel cold (whether Madhuri in Alaska or Sridevi in Alps, a semi-transparent chiffon saree is basically sufficient for their meager needs).
c) Women look stunning in transparent/ semi-transparent/ opaque sarees even if you are covered in woolens and shivering/ freezing/ maybe even possibly blue with the cold!
d) Simply because these cold-resistant beauties have about a zillion goose-bumps, it should not be assumed that they can be feeling cold. THEY DON'T FEEL COLD! And there are no two ways about it!
e) And of course the pretty ladies aren't blessed with this boon throughout their lives! As they get old, they also need shawls, sweaters (often both and in plural). In fact, in a way its a jolly good natural phenomena!
Having said that, let me assure all that the experience was an exilirating one for me! Apart from the absolutely amazing 'moong dal ka halwa', the saree-clad (with or without the goose-bumps) women were the highlight of the evening and I can't imagine what a disaster it would be, if they were to wear seaters, shawls et el. Men of all age-group were found gaping at them!
Of course, the wedding was also superb. I completely enjoyed the 'varmala' session, complete with the extraordinary background score and a shining rotating stage (I promise I would post some pics of the stage soon). Parul (the bride) was startled when it moved for the first time (though recovered a little later with the help of steel railing). Vikasbhai (the groom), however, looked confident despite the moving stage and the constant threat of the stage caving in due to excessive load on it (due the relatives and everyone who joined them later for blessings, and certainly not the bride-groom combo)! I had never ever seen anything like that before and was very happy to have made it to the wedding!
May the boy-girl met in college/ fell in love/ got married now also live happily ever after! All my best wishes with them!