I have a new pastime since going to Punjab: turban-watching.
All these years, I've grown up thinking that there are two kinds of Sikh turbans - one for the boys, one for the men.
The boys would have turbans shaped like an overturned bowl with an orange on top of it.
The men wore something that reminded me (in profile) of a submarine rising up out of the sea, or ( frontal view ), of crossed swords, in cotton sheaths.
Now, I notice that there are at least a dozen variations on the theme.
There's the turban that is more like a boat than a submarine - flat along the upper edge, and rounded on the lower edge (covering the ears).
Then, there's the type that's like a large muffin - round, a gently mound at the top, leading to a tight slope down the sides.
And the whole-cake turban. Which is perfectly round and rather flat-topped, with the ears exposed... some of the girls also wear something like this.
Then, there's a twisted-but-firm turban that makes me think of a large croissant.
The taller ones are often seen on the priests at the Gurudwaras.... They remind me of a tea-cosy. (You can tell I'm hungry right now, can't you?)
There's also the roughly-wound, loose-limbed turbans that several men in the villages wear. This is my favourite turban, incidentally. There's a certain casual ease about it, a certain lack of attitude, an unself-consciousness. These are often in checked, cheaper fabrics, and are often worn by working classes - agricultural labourers... cart-drivers... cattleherds.
(Rather telling, isn't it, that I can't find a single picture to link to, through I've trawled through the google image search for over an hour).