Onam was on the 27th of September. Onam is to a Malayali what Christmas is to a Christian. It is the time of the year when all the family comes home and has a fun time together.
Though none of my cousins came home this Onam, i had more than enough fun with my friends. Our residents’ association had organized a Pookalam(flower carpet) competition. Along with all the kids staying nearby i decided that we would participate as well. There were 8 of us – Sneha chechi, Priya, Aathira, Abhirami, Trishna, Unni, Amith and myself. Priya’s as well as Aathira’s parents helped us out too. On the 26th we sat up till midnight deciding the design, the colors and of course drawing the design on the floor. We planned to wake up early the next morning and start work on the Pookalam. The Pookalam had to be ready by 10 a.m on the 27th.
Early next morning we started work on the Pookalam. Initially, there were some worries that we wouldn’t finish it on time. Eventually, we did.
And then came the great tragedy. The judges came. They started measuring our Pookalam. The diameter for the Pookalam was supposed to be 100 centimeters. Ours was 101.5 cm. We were disqualified from the event!
We were all very disappointed. All our hard work had come to nothing. There was some consolation in the fact that several other entries were disqualified due to the same reason. I suppose nobody thought they would actually measure the Pookalams.
Anyways, we came to know later on that we had scored 7 1/2 out of 10 points. This was what the first prize winning Pookalam scored as well. But as we were disqualified, we couldn’t have the first prize(a sum of 1001/- rupees). We had to be content with the consolation prize.
But hey! We did have a heck of a time. We were laughing and pulling jokes at each other all the time. We also had a great Onam Sadya(a feast) at home. So, all in all, a great Onam for us to remember.