There are times when India amazes me.
Well, let’s be more precise & say that the people of this great country amaze me.
Like Jayanthi Sampath Kumar.
We haven’t met, but through the joys of social media, I read how Ms Kumar ran the Hyderabad marathon on Sunday.
In a sari. As one does.
So I contacted her through Facebook, and she said, yes, sure, please go ahead and use my photo.
So here is the lady herself, crossing the finish line.
Not only did Ms Kumar run a full marathon.
She did it in a sari.
And “chappals” – traditional Indian slippers.
And, on a totally personal note, she ran faster than I have ever done 😛
See what I mean about amazing people?
And now just listen to what she said about her exploit:
“I want to promote handloom and encourage women. This is a statement of my support. I am a cyclist and ride very often, and notice a lot of plastic pollution happening around us. I am keen to curb that and want to use this platform to oppose it. For that, maybe I should run in a sari made of plastic wrappers people throw.”
I love this lady already – “maybe I should run in a sari made of plastic wrappers people throw…”
Now if that isn’t a challenge, what is?
Any designers out there listening?