Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Onam Ponnonam

Ellavarkum enthe sneham niranja Onashamsakal!!!
May this Onam bring peace, prosperity, health and happiness to everybody.

"Maveli Nadu Vaneedum Kalam
Manusharellarum onnu pole…"


My favourite part of Onam is not the onakodi (new clothes) that we get or the onasadya (feast) but the athapoo or pookalam that I make every year on Thiruonam day. Even though the athapoo is supposed to be put for ten days ,with the city life and our busy schedules it can be managed on only one day.

My dad gets up early and goes and gets the flowers for me. He is such a sweetheart. He buys most of the flowers but if he can manage to get some more variety from the nearby parks he gets them too.

My one fervent and ardent wish is to celebrate Onam in Kerala atleast once in my lifetime. Have never had a chance to do that till now. Hopefully, sometime in the future.

25 Comments:

At 8:25 AM, Blogger aqua said...

"Amodathode vasikkum kalam,
Apathangarkum ottu illathanum"

Its my favorite of all celebrations. Everywhere blossom and the spring season is in its attic!

Onasamsakal!

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger ari4u said...

Very nice and artistic. Did you do all the floral arrangements? Happy onam to you.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger starry nights said...

Happy Onam to you. I love the flower decoration. the colors are awesome. did u do it?

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Alexis Leon said...

I wish you and family a very happy and enjoyable Onam. Hope you will have a blast.

The pookalams look great.

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger V N said...

ഒരുപാട്‌ ഒരുപാട്‌ ഓണാശംസകള്‍!!!
:)

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger Suji said...

Thanx and Happy Onam once again to all. Yes, I did all those pookalams. :)

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Dhanush said...

Happy Onam to you too.. This time I too am missing home :(

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger pr!tz said...

Onamaashamsagal Sujikutty!!!
I spent my last Onam in Kerala... was lovely. Will remain imprinted in my mind forever. It was the second Onam for me in Kerala. I love your pookkalams..

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger deepsat said...

Wish you a very Happy Onam!!
what a lovely pookalam!!! hav a great onamsadhiya!!

;-))

 
At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Hiren said...

How colorful. Must have taken a lot of effort and required tremendous concentration. I learnt making something called "Saathiya" among jains which was peanuts in comparison but recquired focussed effort. Good photos.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Jo said...

Happy Onam Suji. :-) Ellaa vidha aasamsakalum...

 
At 4:23 AM, Blogger Balaji S Rajan said...

Happy Onam to you... It will be nice if you could come out with a post of what Onam is and why it is celebrated..

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger noon said...

Visiting your blog for the first time...Loved the pics of the pookolam. Strangely I did not know people did this on Onam - I have a very close mallu friend but somehow I have never seen this at their place - may be I did not go there on Onam - but only today another friend posted pictures of pookolam during her travel to Cochin on onam day. It looks so lovely! Hope you had a nice time on Onam day!

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger endevourme said...

tea sketch and wall pic are nice :-)

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger PAVAMPAYYAN said...

suuuuuuuuuji
beautifull pookkalam, when people forget their past ,they are ignoring their future.

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger Abhas Kumar said...

Wow, this one is beautiful! I bet this takes a lot of time!

And good luck for your wish! :)

 
At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Neetu said...

wow its cool n your pookolam comes to me as a source of inspiration ;) u know what i mean :p

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous st. habib said...

Cool collection, id say, but its the days of online pookkalams (yes, believe it!! theres a site that does an ONLINE version of the pookkalam contest now. check out www.gamezindia.com/contest/competitions.php)

makes one wonder where the worlds going. its kinda easy to put on designs, though. and behold, it still even makes u COLLECT flowers before u put on :p

makes one wonder.. whether this time great king maveli would be rather sending emails to his dear old citizens... :p i bet he'll rather one day prefer online pookkalams, online sadya, online blessings, perhaps?

anyways, good effort by the guys, id say, its fun when u can change ur design after the flowers are in :p one thing ud really wish u could do with real flowers.

i was trying out all of your designs. good collection... loved them!

 
At 6:58 AM, Blogger Suji said...

Thanx St.Habib. This seems to be really interesting. These days everyting is virtual, so why not pookalams. Even though it will never have the charm of real pookalams, still it is one way for those in big cities and abroad to keep in touch with their traditions. Something is better than nothing. Happy Onam. :)

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger reanuka said...

happy onam...i wishy to say you only one thing that please visit me at www.mobilesshop.blogspot.com , aarum ente blog visit cheayyunnilla??? what can i do to make publicity?can you sugest a solution?

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Biju said...

HIII,
WISH U A VERY HAPPY N PROSPEROUS ONAM 2007.
grt site,was lookin for pookalam designs n i found em on ur site thank u. keep th e good work going gal.

again onamashamsakal!

 
At 4:56 AM, Anonymous habelmath said...

Thanks a lot! We are living in America but feel like in KERALA.

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous flower delivery philippines said...

Wonderful design! I like it. I never knew about "Onam Ponnonam" before, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea. I will try to make something like that. Keep posting.

-yumi-

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous flower Philippines said...

Interesting Onam Ponnonam what a very artistic. Keep posting!

toni

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Jayshree Jayshre said...

Awww, very nice! i love your onam pookalam designs. Simple yet very nice. Thanks for sharing.

 

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