Tile factories were set up in our region due to the availability of clay. These factories were a flourishing industry due to the the proximity of rivers and the Arabian sea. The tiles which were used for slanting roof came to be known as ‘ Mangalore tiles’. They were exported during the British period, my husband saw them in Kenya. In fact these tiles offer the best protection during the heavy rains. Presently most of the buildings have flat cement or concrete roofs and seepage of water is a concrete problem. But, unfortunately this industry is dying.