As one look at his wardrobe would confirm, finances are not the only thing that Pranab’s better sense extends to. While political occasions usually find him turning up in a crisp white dhoti kurta, he is often seen at official engagements in black, blue or light brown bandhgalas.
For the President’s oath-taking ceremony on July 25— presumably the biggest day of his life—Mukherjee is likely to wear a bandhgala. Explaining why he prefers to wear the high-collar full-sleeve suit, Mukherjee said, “It will be a formal occasion and I wear bandhgalas on formal occasions.”
According to insiders at the Mukherjee household, two new bandhgalas have already come to 13 Talkatora Road, where he currently resides. While one of them was bought by his younger son, Indrajit, the other came from a top tailor in Lucknow.
Mukherjee had also got a new set of suits stitched seven months ago and in 2007, when he switched over to external affairs from defence, he asked his tailor in Delhi to make a few sets of formals.
Suvra, his wife for 55 years, could be seen sporting a white silk saree on Sunday, while she received Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. A perennial source of sarees for Suvra, incidentally, is Bangadesh premier Sheikh Hasina – who frequently gifts additions to her wardrobe.