October 3 – Making our way into the ground, we saw an all-night effort of the workers on site. The venue was prepped-up, workers were busy putting finishing touches – wiping the chairs of excess water, laying carpets on the ground, hanging fluorescent balloons in bunches on poles, near stalls and game pens.
An overcast sky in Wardha
But, rain had managed to play spoil sport.The carnival was ready to kick start, just not officially.
Rained out in Sewagram, Wardha
The colourful tents in a simple setting were too much to resist and crowds poured in. Everyone was welcome – curious children, men, women, students from near-by colleges and schools, and those who were sharing the commotion with us – the neighbourhood.
Children in Sewagram, Wardha
The sanitation and hygiene mela had sprung to life. Its most awaited guest – children, women and men - had trickled in without a fuss.
By Vaishalli Chandra, India Water Portal Fellow, Arghyam
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