Once upon a time, in Mangalore (Karnataka, India), there was a thriving tile industry. Roofing tile, that is. The tiles were used throughout India and they were known as “Mangalore Tiles”. This was true in the not so distant past, just three decades ago, when there were still about 42 factories. Today only about 12 of them are surviving and are producing at a much lower capacity than in the preceding golden years. The decline

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