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Nisha JamWal
My friend Nisha is a star in India and she has inspired novels, articles and TV shows. She is in town and I am spending as much time as possible with her. We have a lot of catching up to do. That said, Nisha has forgotten her nightie in Mumbai and, this afternoon, we have tried to find her a suitable one. This proved to be a more difficult task than expected, and I am ashamed to say that we lamentably failed.

I need to come clean here. I am not a nightie person. I prefer to steal my husband’s shirts and sleep in them. Much better. Much more comfortable, not to mention cheaper. And I love the bohemian vibe of an old shirt. In short, it is a win-win. I couldn’t borrow one of my nighties to my friend Nisha, I am not sure I have one. There you go. Not very French, I know.

I was confident that we would find what Nisha needed at M&S. Little did I know that the only nighties on display were dotted or with floral prints (some with both, actually). How can a guy fancy a woman in M&S nighties? I am pretty sure it must be the first recommendation of all marriage counsellors: ‘ditch the M&S nighties’.  Honestly, it is better to sleep naked. Maybe you need a M&S nightie when you want to make it as hard as possible for the poor guy lying next to you. Nisha summed it up the following way:

“I wouldn’t die in it!” There you have it.

Undeterred, we tried H&M. There was almost nothing. We were told that nighties were out of fashion. There were a couple of pyjamas, but that’s as far as it went. Still no nightie for Nisha.

We tried a few other shops, to no avail. Where are the nighties gone?

For the first time in my life, I decided to go to Ann Summers, thinking that it was just a lingerie shop. Wow! Where did I take Nisha? I felt almost ashamed of myself. This is a shop where you go if you want to become a dominatrix. Who wears this type of lingerie? I am French and I really thought that it was too much, even for me. We were out after two minutes.

Nisha will probably use one of her partner’s old shirt or T-Shirt tonight. It looks like there are no acceptable nighties in London. 
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London