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As I ambled along the promenade at Pondicherry I stumbled upon some sort of Kollam-drawing competition. As I understand, Kollams (called Rangiri in the North) are designs drawn in coloured and/or white powders on the doorsteps of homes, outside businesses, or at crossroads. Often designed with a kaleidoscopic symmetry, they can be very simple atomic-like patterns, or large and ornate, like the designs in this competition. Traditionally the white powder used is edible rice flour, to provide sustenance for small creatures.

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