Onam Pookalams 2017
Happy Onam, everyone!
The festive season in India has begun and I am happy that this year again, I have Pookalams from LP’s home in Bangalore to share with you all. For those of you who have been around, LP is a regular here. For the last three years, she had all of us peek into her home during the ten days that lead to Onam – 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is both the artist and the art director of these Pookalams year after year.
But before we visit her home, two stories from today that made me smile.
This morning on my way back from yoga, I spotted teachers in the traditional Kerala Kasavu sarees. They were rushing to the school and carrying big bags of notebooks. It was not a day off for them and maybe not everyone was a Malayalee, but they were together in the spirit of what this festival tells us. Of times with loved ones.
On my way back to home from work, I spotted a group of women in traditional attire clicking pictures of each other. The flowers in the bun, the saree pleats, zooming on the border and those lovely happy poses. I smiled and secretly hoped if they would stop me to click a group picture for them. They didn’t. But what I loved was that festivals bring us together. They help us create beautiful memories for the days ahead.
It’s time to enter LP’s home and let me share that some flowers and floral carpets are from her own terrace garden.
Aren’t these floral carpets lovely? I told LP this morning and that I wasn’t able to pick which one was the most beautiful. Later I reminded myself that I shouldn’t be picking a favorite. Festivals are to enjoy each day. Isn’t it?
Thank you, LP for these lovely Pookalams and the pictures. I am sure the readers love them as much as I do.