"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Preparing A Pookkalam


It is now Onam, Kerala’s biggest festival.

Although primarily a Hindu celebration, Onam has been adopted by all the faiths of Kerala. It is a time when all Keralites try to get home, to be with family.

Presents of clothing are given. My dhoti and kurta collection is now very impressive!

It’s Sunday. Shaji and Dalila, my amazingly kind house-staff, are not supposed to be here today but this evening they arrive with traditional Onam gifts for me. They bring their youngest son, and Sebastian my carpenter from neighbouring Nazareth.

Following the exchange of small gifts, the main purpose of the evening is addressed: preparing a pookkalam.

A design is chalked out on the floor, and filled with flower petals.



We are ready to welcome the King.


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Happy Onam!



4 responses

  1. Jolyon

    Beautifully depicted!
    Lu is in Wales for a week, so responses from that quarter will undoubtedly follow in a few days.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

  2. Lucille

    How beautiful. How long did you leave it there?

    August 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  3. Lucille

    Sorry, I’ve read the links properly now. Did you go on adding to it?

    August 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    • Because I was expecting guests from England I kept the pookkalam for four days. But by the time they arrived, it was looking a little faded and tired.

      August 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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