To be a lady or a tamilian, that is the question!

So last week, preparations for Gowri and Ganesha festivals were in full swing and I was making a guest list of five ladies whom I wanted to give ‘Bagina’ to .  Na came up to me to find out what I was trying to do and when I mentioned that I was inviting five ladies, she asked me are they “Ladies” or are they “Tamilians”!!! Trying to figure out what she meant, had me in splits!  This was her answer –

“Amma, if they dress up like you in saree with pottu and valai and maalai then they are tamilians. If they wear Jeans or any other dress they are Lady”!!! So tell me girls, are you a tamilian or a lady?

Hope all of you  had a wonderful festival.  Mine was great this year, with lots of friends, good food spcied up with  funny comments and questions by Na 🙂

For MiM’s benefit, for Gowri vratham I had made Parippu vadai, nei payasam, Coconut rice, kosambri for Neivedyam. For Ganesha, Vella kozhakattai, uppu kozhakattai, Idli, nei appam, Channa dal kosambri, and something called “Kanthundalu”(H’s family makes this and Idli for Ganesh chaturthi).

Signing off with this collage –  




  1. Titaxy said,

    September 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    LOL…going by that, I am only a lady as of now 😀

    Everything looks so delicious…yummm!

    • Shankari said,

      September 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Titaxy 🙂 I surprised myself with the kozhakattais 🙂 All thanks to my dearest mommy for the brilliant recipe!

  2. September 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Sent you a message about the lack of posts and Kozhakattai pics – and then saw that you’d taken care of both in one post !

    Perfectly dainty Kozhakattais ! Awesome Kolam too !

    • Shankari said,

      September 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      What do I say, even if you are not “nazar ke samnae” you are “jigar ke paas”.. you thought and I wrote 🙂 So you did not respond to Na’s classification – Lady or Tamilian?

  3. Pooh! said,

    September 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Can you please invite me to one of your parties? I am drooling over your menu! And to Na’s question – I can be a lady or a tamilian as per her request!

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 12:44 am

      You are always welcome Pooh! Let me know when you are in town and you are definitely invited home 🙂

  4. anisnest said,

    September 14, 2010 at 1:45 am

    LOL on Na’s question… all dishes look yummy… i want to eat them right now…

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      You had to answer it too Ani 🙂 You are welcome home anytime.

  5. aryan's mom said,

    September 14, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Wowo menu is yummy..I miss those kozhakatai’s…Well, I am a lady as if now…only on occasions I change to a tamilian!!!

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Same with me, lady mostly and sometimes tamilian 🙂

  6. priyaiyer said,

    September 14, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Lovely pics!! I’m drooling..

  7. September 14, 2010 at 6:46 am

    awwwwww.. what does she call some1 who arrives at a puja in a chudidar???

  8. Uma said,

    September 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Wish I were one among the 5 guests… What a feast!
    I can be Tamilian or lady – whatever Na says!

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      You are always welcome home Uma. She refuses to understand that a tamilian can be a lady or a lady can be a tamilian.. its one or the other 🙂

  9. September 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Yummy! I am a lady by that definition 😛 😀

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Me too, mostly lady, for poojas am a tamilian 🙂

  10. Swaram said,

    September 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Err I think I am a combo – tamilian come lady 😉
    Cn we also hv a post on Na’s comments and qs 😉

  11. Laksh said,

    September 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Kozhakattai recipe please! Where did you get Kaavi from?

    LOL to Na’s comment. Am mostly a lady. 🙂

  12. A-kay said,

    September 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Nice – we do only Ganesh and not Gowri pooja. No Ganesh bommai? Lovin’ the kolam and Kaavi. Was it acquired from last trip to India or prepared similar to aarti?

    I am a tamilian or a lady, depending on the occasion. What about salwars? 😛

    • Shankari said,

      September 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      At amma’s we also do only pillayar poojai and not Gowri. At H’s both are the norm 🙂 I had kept a pillayar bommai during the arrangement, guess I removed it later, those two days went away in such a haze, don’t remember any of the details! Kolam katti and kaavi was sent by my mom 10 years ago and they are still going strong. Which aarti? little lost there 😦

      I think salwars would qualify as a tamilian lady, though she claims that it is one or the other ! No grey area for her as yet 🙂

      • A-kay said,

        September 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

        By aarti, I meant the red water we mix for taking aarti – turmeric powder + sunnambu. I should remember to pick up Kaavi in my next trip.

        “as yet” being the key word – grey area will appear soon though and eventually take over the white and blacks 🙂

      • Shankari said,

        September 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

        I wish you lived somewhere close by. I have so many of the kaavi urudai’s lying around, I could have definitely given them to you 🙂 Maybe I should make it part of the Navratri pottlamas 🙂

        I know! shortly she will be all grey and I will definitely miss this white and black stage.

  13. artnavy said,

    September 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Tamilian lady I am right now but more lady than Tamilian on most days…

    wonderful spread u got there!! Hats off.

    • Shankari said,

      September 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Art! I am also a lady mostly, tamilian for the festival season 🙂

  14. VV said,

    September 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Nice concept – so what am I to Na?? I think a lady..!
    I loved all the nevidayam items you gave us. So husband always looks forward to eating prasadams from your do I. Son isnt keen in eating more playing as you know well enough!

    • Shankari said,

      September 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      I have to ask her really, bcos you wore an Indian top over jeans I think 🙂 She might come up with a different classification! I am coaxing her towards a tamilian lady or a lady tamilian but failing so far..

      Thanks VV(reminds of the term I use for saying vibooti to kids :)) All kids are more keen on playing, hopefully that will change with time!

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