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Turban for Charles, sari for Camilla

March 14, 2005 20:16 IST

The Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers' Associationon Mondayjoined the list of well-wishers of Prince Charles and his fiancee Camilla Parker Bowles bydispatching its own uniquegift for the couple.

The tiffin suppliers, pupularly called 'Dabbawalas',handed overa 'Puneri Pheta' (a traditional turban from Pune), considered auspicious for nuptials, to a courier firm to be delivered to the royal groom.

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President of the association, Raghunath Medge told PTI that "the auspicious gift for the groom, a traditional green sari and a pair of Kolhapuri sandals for the bride, have been gift-wrapped and handed over to a courier firm after performing a puja".

Charles and Bowleswill get marriedin April.

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The association attracted Charles' attention during his visit to Mumbai in November 2003.

"I am happy that many chipped in to make our wish to send these gifts. Even the owner of a private courier company said hewould bear the cost of sending the parcel to Prince Charles," Medge said.

The giftwill be dispatched on Tuesday after completion of some embassy formalities, he added.

Medge said, "We did not get the typical nauvari (nine metre) saree as the bride may not be able to wear it, but she may wear the six metre sari."

The dabbawalas deliver about 1.5 lakh boxes of home-cooked lunch to office-goers and students all over the city each day.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: Good luck, and well done

it doesnt matter if they wear the sari or the truban. It is a gesture in friendship, and should be accepted with all heart. And ...

Posted by Joe

Sub: Good Gesture

It was a kind and a good gesture from the Prince to remember such people.It will be appreciated by the countrymen.

Posted by Mitin

Sub: Please Explain

Please friends explain what is colonial past......and who says they are going to wear anything we are giving.....we do get many things in wedding......who uses ...

Posted by Amit Apte

Sub: shame on indians

Its shame for us because we are still supporting this brits who ruled and litreally looted us over 200 years and we still find it ...

Posted by piyush

Sub: dabba wala

i don think she gon wear the sari, don think he gon put on the indo hat.

Posted by Sriram Venkitachalam



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