This Easter we decided to buy the kids traditional Indian clothes. Thomas is 16 months and doesn’t have any Indian clothes. Lily has gorgeous dresses and salwar kameez’s and ornate skirts from India but has outgrown most of them and it was time to get new ones.
So off we went to “India Town”. In the heart of Jackson Heights, Queens… over on Roosevelt Avenue… one can find India – in new york.
Do you know what Carrom Boards are? This was one of our favorite games growing up. This big square board behind Lily is a Carrom Board. One of these days I would love to buy her one and teach her how to play.
I remember the first time my grandmother visited and we all went for some biryani and curry and jelabi’s. She stood in the middle of the street and said… this is just like India. Lily loves going to ” india town”. She loves hearing my stories from my childhood that always come up when I see a toy or book or smell something which reminds me of my childhood.
The grocery stores are overflowing with produce, the gold stores are gorgeous and proud and the clothing is one of a kind and just like I remember. Lots of gold embroidery, lots of stitching, and just stunning. The clothing stores are fullied to the brim with festive colors, gorgeous silks and intricate patterns. The shop keepers are only too eager to help you and pull out every gorgeous outfit they have just in the hope you pick one. There are no duplicates and you never know what the selection will be that day.
Of course when we go to Jackson Heights we have to make a stop at one of the many colorful sweet shops. Lily … like my mom… loves indian sweets. I love watching her pick her favorites from the colorful selection in front of her. She takes her time and tries to decide which color would taste best and carefully makes her selections. Always picking the biggest on of the batch.
Lily had lots of gorgeous dresses to pick from which made the decision for her dress that much harder. But in the end we picked a classic red and green with gold embellishment ghagra choli. She has room to grow into it which is great because she looked stunning on Easter Sunday and I just can’t wait for her to wear that dress again.
Thomas looked like a prince. It was a beautiful purple silk with gold and silver embroidered work.
The end result was more than I could have expected. Look at this sweetness. My mom and grandmother were very excited about these Easter outfits!
I love that we are so close all these amazing cultural spots and love that Lily and Thomas get to experience a small part of Indian Culture… all the way here in NY!