Happy Onam to all of you!  Traditionally onam is marked with rich Pookkalams(rangoli with flowers), a divine ona sadya( rich feast with traditional keralite dishes) and lot of other festivities. 

Every year I would make a very small pookkalam fretting over the lack of availability of jasmine, chamandi and other flowers that we would use back home to make the rangoli. This year, I played around with a few plastic strands of jasmine that I had at home and was thrilled with the results.   Below is my Pookkalam for this year. If I manage to make some traditional dishes, I will let you guys in on the spread 🙂





  1. Shruti said,

    August 23, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thats lovely 🙂 happy Onam to u n ur family.

  2. Swaram said,

    August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Wow! Thatz so pretty 🙂 A very happy Onam to all of u @ home 🙂
    Sadya pls 😛 😛

    • Shankari said,

      August 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Swaram. Sadya, naanu Sadya madlilla 🙂 H is heaving a sigh of relief that he does have to eat whatever I dish out 🙂

  3. Saritha said,

    August 25, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Happy onam.

  4. Pooh! said,

    August 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Very pretty! Hope you had a very nice Onam

  5. priyaiyer said,

    August 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hey, that looks gorgeous!! 🙂
    Happy Onam! (belated) Hope you had a nice time..

  6. meenamenon said,

    August 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    wow! Now this is preeetyyy 🙂

  7. A-kay said,

    August 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That looks pretty. What are those round and thilagam shaped thingees? Looks like miniature version of the ones used to decorate elephant’s trunks in temples 🙂 Btw, Happy Onam!

    • Shankari said,

      August 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Akki! Welcome here 🙂 The round and thilagams are plastic sheets with coloured stones stuck on them. They are very popular in Bangalore now-a-days. I got some the last time I went to India. Yep, they do look like the stuff used to decorate elephants 🙂

      • A-kay said,

        September 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

        Been here a few times, Shankari (feels wierd to use this name, but I shall 🙂 ). First time to comment.

      • Shankari said,

        September 3, 2010 at 12:48 am

        Got to use my jadagam name at least now. Feel quite proud of that name and lament the fact that I am not called that name. At least now it is this “penn” name 🙂

  8. Momo's Ma said,

    August 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Happy Onam to you all. Lovely Pookalam. sorry am late. been off blogging a bit

    • Shankari said,

      August 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks MM! Why off blogging? Come back, we need to read about Momo 🙂

  9. ambulisamma said,

    August 28, 2010 at 7:36 am


  10. Thanuja said,

    September 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Fantabulous I wld say. Hope you had a great onam.

  11. UL said,

    September 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    pretty pretty, loved the idea of your athapoo making 🙂 hope onam went well for you

    • Shankari said,

      September 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      Onam went off quite well UL. Did not make any sadya, but the athapoo helped me remember the many onams celebrated at home 🙂 It is my mom’s birthday also on onam, she was born on Thiruvonam star, so it is always a double celebration at home.

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