53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #14

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Two things made me get dressed up again and add another saree for my meme. One was to try out my new attachment for my DSLR - a remote clicker. And second was the graduation day for 2020 Seniors. 

This past Saturday, May 16th, every Senior (12th grade) in United States graduated together on the highly watched program, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. They were treated to a special commencement address by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

All through the program, these students received encouraging words by influential people like Lebron James, American professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers; Zendaya, American actress and singer; Kevin Hart, American stand-up comedian, actor and producer; Yara Shahidi, American actress, model and activist; Kane Brown, American singer and songwriter; Maren Morris, American singer, songwriter and record producer; Timothee Chalamet, American actor; Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year; Megan Rapinoe, American professional soccer player; Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican singer and rapper; Olivia Wilde, American actress and filmmaker; Malala, youngest Nobel Prize laureate and activist from Pakistan; Lena Waithe, American screenwriter, producer and actress; Ervin Odom, Senior at Akron Early College HS and 330 Ambassador; Dixie and Charli D'Amelio, American social media personalities; David Dobrik, Slovak YouTube personality; Dude With Sign, Instagram personality; Loren Gray, American singer and social media personality; Ethan and Grayson Dolan, American comedy duo on Vine; Lana Condor, American actress and YouTube personality; Lisa Koshy, American actress, television host, comedian and YouTuber and Pharrell Williams, American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.

Selected set of Seniors performed the National Anthem virtually being in their own homes but collectively on TV. Followed by performances from some great singers that this generation had grown up listening - Dua Lipa, a British singer and songwriter (who performed Break My Heart); The Platt Brothers, American actors, singers and songwriters (who performed Graduation Medley); Alicia Keys, American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, author, pianist and black queen (who performed Underdog); Chika, American rapper (who performed Crown); H.E.R., American singer and songwriter (who performed Sometimes); Cordae, American rapper, singer and songwriter (who performed a new song wrote specially for this year's graduates) and Jonas Brothers, American pop rock band (who performed X with Karol G).

Several students had their own videos, speeches and thank you notes to their teachers, parents and families posted to the program too. So did testimonials from parents and families to the students were included, not just from the every day person, but also celebrities such as Julianne Moore, American actress and author; Shaquille O'Neal, American former professional basketball player and Chris Harrison, American television and game show host. The organizers of the program also included an In Memoriam section to honor the teachers that were lost this year. 

In this tiring times that we are in, children have been more impacted than more. At an age when they are supposed to be free, supposed to learn and embark on a journey, they are quarantined in homes, away from friends, teachers, extended families and opportunities that would have taken them to world all over. But, I believe that this batch will achieve greatness compared to any other batch since they have seen the worst, and will be coming out stronger to handle anything. 

I started a one year program with School of Business at University of Connecticut which I will not finish until next May. By then I might complete this meme. So, in honor of the seniors graduating this year, I picked one of the colors of UCONN - White. The other two being Navy Blue and Gray. Infact the saree I am wearing is more of off-white, but this was the closest I had. Posing here with a book to signify studies, school and graduation. :)

It is a Kerala Cotton, hand painted with fabric paint, with light purple border centered with Zari (= an even thread traditionally made in gold or silver) inlaid with zari motifs. The Pallu (=draping portion of the saree that goes over the shoulder) is filled with hand-painted village scenes. The blouse that comes with saree doesn’t fit me now, but if I lose another five or six pounds it will fit. I didn’t want to alter it and later on regret. So paired it with a ready-to-wear purplish pink blouse with thread and stone work.

I accessorized it with a long chain and large earrings made of white beads and mirrors, and matching bangles on my wrist. I think my remote clicker worked perfectly here. Mission Accomplished!!! 


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