A kurta is a long, loose-fitting piece of traditional Indian male clothing. It’s generally made of very light cotton and is a great way to stay cool, avoid sunburn, and look stylish.
However, there is one thing about kurtas they don’t tell you in the literature: how to pronounce them. Read it again, “kurta”, how do you imagine it’s pronounced? Something like kur-ta, right? Wrong.
But very few Hindi speakers understand and American saying “kur-ta.”
So when I showed up, alone, at a large open-air market in the heart of New Delhi, I very quickly became confused.
Vendor after vendor, when I asked for a kur-ta tried to sell me cur-tains.
A strange comedy of errors unfolded as Indian vendors enthusiastically displayed their finest curtains and I struggled to figure out if I was crazy, if they were messing with me, or if these curtains were in fact traditional male Indian garments.
Luckily, with the help of a smartphone and Google image search, I was able to communicate what I was actually looking for and eventually secured my kurta, I mean kworta, I mean… traditional… Indian… thingy.