A silk kurta from New Delhi and a flourish of other bright-colored fabrics will rent the air tonight at the SAJA convention's gala dinner and awards ceremony.
Dimitra DeFotis, staff writer for Barron’s
The dinner is expected to draw journalists and others to an event that celebrates South Asians and coverage of South Asian news in the U.S. Good food,fun and colorful clothing are also on the menu.
SAJA Board Member Aseem Chhabra wants to win the raffle at the event for people who wear ethnic clothing.
“I’ve a SAJA uniform I wear every year," Chhabra said. "A narrow collar jacket stitched in Delhi."
Chhabra, despite his sincere efforts, hasn't won the raffle yet.
Some are hoping a more traditional approach will work.
Rupa Ranganathan of Executive Research Institute International says she plan to wear a simple saree from South India.
Some folks, though, aren't going either way, preferring a fusion of fashions. Shefali Pandey, a student at Syracuse University, will drape a dupatta over her jeans to give it an ethnic touch.
Some aren't even considering desi influences. Vikas Bajaj, a reporter for The New York Times, will don a formal suit.
"This year I'll be on stage so I'm thinking of a suit; it's tailored in Bangkok," Bajaj said.