I’ve been boycotting pants (trousers) for the past few months. They’re oppressing me. Colombo is too damn hot. Seriously, you step out of the shower and you’re in a bath of sweat within 20 minutes. Walk for a mile and your shirt is soaked. Wearing jeans these days makes me want to go all Kony 2012 through the streets. It’s rough out there, tempered only by the evening rains, and it’s simply too hot for northern attire.
So I’ve been wearing shorts. I got some from Conscience (the Arugam Bay store, above Coco Verandah) and they’re great. I’d walk around in wife beaters but I’ve compromised and I wear normal shirts. But I’m not wearing no pants. And hells no to shoes. I actually bought some pants and shoes for a recent presentation but I’m not doing that again.
This is flip-flop and shorts weather, or sarong and banian really. Social misconventions be damned. People look at you funny when you show up at official events in actually comfortable clothes, but I’m not too concerned. Seriously, what’s with ‘business attire’? Why do I have to be uncomfortable to make other people feel comfortable. It’s an island, it’s hot and we really shouldn’t be wearing more than an amudaya. I think shorts is a fair compromise.