“I think this ritual of jewellery giving from a mother to her daughter before her marriage is a silent act of empowerment. It’s like a tradition among women to give each other jewellery in case something happens later on in her new family life”
He settles on the chair finally, complaining of the rising temperatures. “Thangi, neer kodu” (sister, give me water), how am I supposed to be his sister? But this one is a long lost battle, he argues that it is out of respect. My mom is apparently his sister too (gasp).