“What are we looking forward to?” I ask
“Local elections! Pongal! Kanavu camp! Meeting volunteers!” the Sura women call out.
“Hey we missed new year!” said one!
“Ma’am get us a bulk order which we’ll have to deliver within two days, closer to new year.. We’ll give that as an excuse to keep stitching until midnight and cut a cake to welcome the new year” she said, grinning.
Their idea of celebration left me thoughtful – Suddenly, the collective and their purpose is giving them a space to experiment breaking rules they otherwise have to follow – ‘no stepping out of home, never step out at night, never with friends’ Here’s Sura’s story of the #collective and #celebration