In Kolkata, the women don’t seem to care about the scorching sun and the suffocating dust, such a fresh switch from the Vietnamese with our own “hijab” (only eyes shown), and the Singaporean who seek refuge under awnings.
In Ahmedabad, women also wear “hijab” though all of them are clearly not Muslim. I was surprised and my first thought was maybe these girls just wanted to avoid stares on the street by covering up. And how ignorant i was. They have the same concern and came up with almost the same solution as Vietnamese. I have to give them credit because their scarfs look so much more elegant than our ninja masks, but maybe not protective (read hard-core) enough to our standard.