Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Sep 2002, 1:08 a.m.

A woman called the store and kept me on the…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

A woman called the store and kept me on the phone for about twenty minutes trying to find a book for her book club. They talked in the background -- "oh, I've read that," and so on. I read her the bestseller lists and made suggestions. Pretty well-read people; I was impressed.

Today a woman came in wearing a hijab. I asked her whether she had made it and where one could acquire such a garment. She said, "Well, I got this one in Jordan, but it wouldn't be too hard to make," and took it off to show me how it was constructed. I was very surprised! Somewhen I had assumed that women who wear the hijab don't take it off in public at all.

It would be very easy and malicious to make a burqha for a Hallowe'en costume.