Saturday, November 1, 2008

Kolam - a drabble

Every morning, my grandmother would step outside, bend down, and let her fingers fly inches above the freshly-washed floor. A minute later, she would straighten up– her kolam done. A perfectly symmetrical pattern drawn with rice powder around a grid of dots. ‘All is well at home’, it would proclaim.
On Fridays, the kolams would be more elaborate, but it was on festive occasions that her creativity would really flow – elephants, peacocks, abstract motifs, all drawn around standard patterns of dots.I attempted my first kolam last year, and soon became an expert. Tradition flows even if you deny it.

Drabble (n) - an extremely short work exactly one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.
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