Some years ago, when I was in Bombay, I used to go to school. When people saw me going with my books in my hands, they had the goodness to put their heads out of the window just to have a look at me. Some stopped their carriages for the purpose, others walking in the street stood laughing, and crying out, so that I could hear:
“What is this? Who is this lady who is going to school with boots and stockings on?”(p85)
In her own country, she had worn a “divided” saree. The shawl passing between the legs produced the effect of Turkish trousers. As this would not have been suitable for our climate an ancient form of the Mahratta dress was found, which could be worn over warm underclothing. As soon she left Calcutta, Anandibai assumed a “union suit” of cotton, then a skirt of flannel, one or two white skirts and a dress made with a plain round waist, coat sleeves, and full skirt. This latter article was for protection; the waist of it took the place of a queer little jacket which covered the chest, and sustained the breasts, in her native country. Her saree, which draped her entire figure, covered the skirt (pg 102).
She insists on wearing her native dress, and although she wore three necklaces, three pairs of earrings, her nose-ring as a brooch, six pairs of bangles, and a saree of crimson and gold at the reception held for her by Dr. Bodley, she was so plainly dressed tonight that she would have attracted no attention in the street, provided she had worn a bonnet (p115).