By Imran Khan, Indo-Asian News Service
Patna, (IANS) While Aishwarya Rai may be getting ready to don glitzy
designer wear at her wedding, a young girl in Bihar is toiling away at an
exquisitely embroidered red sari for the actress to wear on that special
Joyti Kumari, a 17-year-old college girl from Sipaya Tola in Gopalganj
district, about 250 km from here, is a diehard fan of Aishwarya. And she is
very busy these days.
For, the actress is getting married to actor Abhishek Bachchan in
Mumbai on April 20, and Joyti hopes she will finish the sari in time to
present it as a gift.
"She has been working day and night for nearly a month to create the
finest embroidered sari for Aishwarya to wear on her wedding day," a
close relative of hers said.
The relative said that Joyti selected a bright red sari keeping in view the
beauty and fair complexion of Aishwarya. The sari, it is estimated, would
easily sell for around Rs.7,500 if sold in the market.
Designer Neeta Lulla is reportedly designing embroidered saris for
Aishwariya. But Joyti has her fingers crossed.
"I plan to visit Mumbai next week to personally hand over my gift to
Aishwarya," Joyti said. But she was not sure whether Aishwarya would
meet her. "I will try my best," she said.
She was in Class 10 when Aishwarya was crowned Miss World in
1994. "Since then, I have been a diehard fan of her and want to share my
joy with her," she said.
A BA first year student in Mahendra Das College, Joyti is quite well
known locally for designing women's clothes, particularly embroidered
saris and salwar-kameezes. She trained in embroidery and stitching at an
institute here a few years ago.
In her free time, Joyti helps girls from poor families by teaching them
how to stitch and embroider. "It is my dream to help others," she
Right now, though, she is dreaming of a very special gift for a very