She stood up, dusting her hands. Stepping back, she checked it all over again.

A smile prevailed on her tired face. Gently pressing her palm and fingers, she glanced at wrist watch. She had been working on it for hours together.

“What a respite! Finished well within time, before the guests start pouring in”, she reflected.

“Something is amiss”, she thought as she glanced at the Bougainvillea. “Should it be in full bloom?”, she doubted. “Summers are not in full swing yet. That means the creeper has just begun its journey towards full bloom”, she justified.

Smiling at the tussle between the perfection and the accomplishment, she cleaned her hands of the colours.

Keeping her contestant’s badge besides the Rangoli design she has made, she floated a kiss towards her creation.

“All the contestants are requested to gather at the central hall”, came the announcement.

She crossed her fingers…

Word Count : 149

Recently I came across amazing Rangoli creations by various artists, thanks to forwarded “whats app” message. I was bowled over by the skills of the artists. Most of the designs appeared as though they were actual photographs or the paintings! There was so much of life in them that it was hard to believe that they were made out of Rangoli.

Before encountering these designs, Rangoli I knew was either traditional free hand consisting of leaves and flowers or Sanskar Bharati or geometric patterns using dots or variations like floating Rangoli, charcoal Rangoli, etc. The new form of the Rangoli mesmerized me. I could not stop appreciating the efforts, hard work, craftsmanship of the artists.

They say that creativity is intelligence having fun; making Rangoli designs is the best example of it, isnt it? Have you tried your hands at making Rangoli? If yes, then you know the satisfaction one gets after completing it. And if no, then why dont you give it try now…

I am taking part in the #FridayFotoFiction – Weekly Flash Fiction Writing Challenge hosted byTina and Mayuri



Ramya Abhinand · April 2, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Creativity is fun, creativity is mind at its birlliance, Creativity keeps the brain ticking… having said that I aint that very creative, I do dabble with a it of rangoli, but never ever have been a steady hand at it.

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Ramya for visiting and sharing your experience.

CRD · April 2, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Nothing gives more satisfaction than a job well done. It doesn’t matter after that if the contest is not won. A beautiful creation is a beautiful creation.?

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I so agree with you Christopher. Thanks for visiting and sharing your views on the topic.

Shilpa Garg · April 2, 2018 at 9:18 pm

Hope her efforts pay off for her!!

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I hope too! For an artist process of creation itself is a greatest reward, I believe. Thanks for visiting Shilpa.

Mayuri Nidigallu · April 2, 2018 at 9:44 pm

What a brilliant take on the prompt, Anagha! My favourite of the lot!

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you so much Mayuri. Appreciation from you is so very uplifting.

#Queen · April 3, 2018 at 9:34 am

Awesome post

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    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks DeeDee!

mahekg · April 3, 2018 at 11:48 am

I love Rangoli though cant make awesome ones but as you said get mesmerised by the artists they make it look do simple. But whatever we can make Rangoli sure adds to any celebrations always brings in positive vibes

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Thats right, all our celebrations are incomplete without the Rangoli. Thanks Manisha for bringing this point to the discussion.

Lata Sunil · April 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

This photo is definitely artistic and can inspire designs. Beautiful.

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you Lata.

sukrisblog · April 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Such an excellent take on the prompt. This was such a creative story rendered beautifully as usual

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Sudha

Aesha · April 5, 2018 at 11:54 pm

I can’t do a rangoli. I am not artistic but would want to learn painting. Someday maybe.

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