Renu Tuladhar (left), with childhood friends Sarojani Malla (center), and Madhuri Singh (right), in a photo taken at Muni’s Art Studio in Chikamugal. When asked about their short dresses, Tuladhar recalls that there was no objection from the parents. She had very fashionable cousins who designed dresses after watching Hindi movies. Malla is wearing pointed shoes, which were very popular then and cost around 90 rupees. “We didn’t wear kurta suruwal much those days, but dresses like this and after enrolling in the college only, I started wearing sari, which was a matter of pride then,” Tuladhar chuckled.

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