An exquisite red sari - for Aishwarya, with love ...


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

special person!