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My favourite story is a pair of jeans
on 24 April 2013
the pair of jeans' was a story first written years ago and you might expect it to be about a long gone problem but I found it relevant and descriptive of an ongoing dilemma for young women and their families caught up in the midst of an identity crisis. Do they keep to long held cultural and traditional attitudes to clothes and other aspects of life in general or do they accept the overwhelming reality of the western world around them. Of course the story is not just about the clothes someone wears but the symbolic meaning of the clothes - what do your clothes say about your values and attitudes to other things in life. If you are dressed in western clothes will you also have western attitudes to elders, to marriage, and the underlying implication to having a western approach to sexuality and social mores. In some ways a lot has changed in British Pakistani society but this fundamental dilemma is still there and well depicted in this small snapshot of the lives of the protagonists.