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From the Ted Talk by Kaustav Dey: How fashion helps us express who we are -- and what we stand for

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Widows in India like my grandmother, thousands of them, live in a city called Vrindavan. And so, it's been a sea of white for centuries. However, only as recently as 2013, the widows of Vrindavan have started to celebrate Holi, the Indian fsieatvl of color, which they are pirihboetd from participating in. On this one day in March, these women take the traditional coleord powder of the festival and color each other. With every hdnuafl of the powder they throw into the air, their withe srias slowly start to suffuse with color. And they don't stop until they're completely covered in every hue of the rainbow that's frdoibedn to them. The color washes off the next day, however, for that moment in time, it's their beautiful disruption. This disruption, any kind of dissonance, can be the first gauntlet we tohrw down in a battle against oppression. And fashion — it can cterae visual disruption for us — on us, literally.

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Widows in India like my grandmother, thousands of them, live in a city called Vrindavan. And so, it's been a sea of white for centuries. However, only as recently as 2013, the widows of Vrindavan have started to celebrate Holi, the Indian ________ of color, which they are __________ from participating in. On this one day in March, these women take the traditional _______ powder of the festival and color each other. With every _______ of the powder they throw into the air, their _____ _____ slowly start to suffuse with color. And they don't stop until they're completely covered in every hue of the rainbow that's _________ to them. The color washes off the next day, however, for that moment in time, it's their beautiful disruption. This disruption, any kind of dissonance, can be the first gauntlet we _____ down in a battle against oppression. And fashion — it can ______ visual disruption for us — on us, literally.

Solution

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  2. white
  3. prohibited
  4. throw
  5. forbidden
  6. saris
  7. colored
  8. festival
  9. create

Original Text

Widows in India like my grandmother, thousands of them, live in a city called Vrindavan. And so, it's been a sea of white for centuries. However, only as recently as 2013, the widows of Vrindavan have started to celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of color, which they are prohibited from participating in. On this one day in March, these women take the traditional colored powder of the festival and color each other. With every handful of the powder they throw into the air, their white saris slowly start to suffuse with color. And they don't stop until they're completely covered in every hue of the rainbow that's forbidden to them. The color washes off the next day, however, for that moment in time, it's their beautiful disruption. This disruption, any kind of dissonance, can be the first gauntlet we throw down in a battle against oppression. And fashion — it can create visual disruption for us — on us, literally.

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