Kaleidoscope's neighbour has an one year old girl. In a sad incident today the girl fell on a half cooked and still boiling fish curry. It was a sudden accident that attracted about fifteen people to gather and to instruct. The most significant question that came immediately after the decision of taking the child to a hospital nearby was what should her mother wear? She was in a nighty- a popular form of informal night dress which one is supposed to wear while remaining inside the home.
It was debated among the spectators and she was not given the privacy to change her clothes as the family has only a couple of rooms. She could not say a thing but left hesitantly in her nighty.
When she came back in the afternoon. The discussion was how rational it was for her not to change her clothes, and that no one would mind, not even the men at roads who watched her on her way. This discussion continued for hours with an addition that it was an emergency otherwise you should not wear a nighty outside and how embarrassing it is to go out like that even in an emergency.
P.S. The girl is fine now with some second degree burns on one of her legs which will take some time to heal.
I do not know about the woman and her feeling about the clothes and the discussion, whether this 'embarrassment' would ever be healed.