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Story: Mrs Mangalam Swaminathan

Author: Mrs Mangalam

“When I was growing up we women would go to the river to gather water for the day. It was where we would go to talk about our lives, our community. Then we’d come home and I would help my mother to create Rangoli and then we’d visit our friends to help them decorate their homes with Rangoli.

Now that we don’t need to travel to the river to fetch water creating Rangoli is the only time in the day to socialise with other women and talk about things.

But it’s disappearing. Not everyone has time to make Rangoli every day anymore. In the cities now a lot of women use Rangoli stickers instead. That sense of community space is disappearing all over India. For me creating Rangoli has a vital function in the maintenance of women’s friendships.”

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