MAY 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Gentlemen, Mother’s Day is May 14! Time to pick the prettiest, most special gifts for the mothers in your life – ones that they’ll cherish too!

There’s mostly a controversy of sorts when men buy their ladies a gift. The thinking is most of the time it will just be returned by us. Our father, husband, etc., just won’t get girls’ tastes. I think with a few tweaks here and there, our men will pass with flying colors in the Mother’s Day gift giving department!


Anarkalis and “lengha suits”, consisting of a kameez with a skirt on the bottom versus a salwar/churidaar, are the IT outfits of the season. Shorter versions of pantsuits and patialas/slim pants are hesitantly trending, but not as prominently among all – yet.

The magic in buying a gift that will be kept and treasured is in the thinking. Don’t overthink things or focus on only one item you must purchase. The simpler the goal, the easier the hunting will be.

For example, let’s say the mother in your life loves pink. The idea shouldn’t only consist of finding her a pink suit. In fact, it may be a counterproductive thing to do. Loving pink doesn’t mean being dressed in the shade head to toe maybe feeling like cotton candy. The options can include a pink suit, yes. It can also include a suit with pink embroidery on another more neutral and wearable shade. A jewel set in pink to match any outfit as well or pink bangles are good, too.


Saris are definitely a favorite present to give. Size is never an issue when selecting one, so offense can never be taken in this way, too! There are too many sari options and too many preferences that can make the job of buying a sari as a gift cumbersome. Here are some easy tips to lighten the load:

Happy Mother’s Day to every mom-to-be, mom, grandmom and great-grandmom (and even further back!) out there! As a mom myself, I know how much courage, patience, and sacrifice it takes to be a good mom. It’s tough at times, but more rewarding than ever imaginable. We appreciate every mom and thank you. And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail or visit

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