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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Once upon a place

Time has nothing to do with it.. the sun comes up, sun goes down and years roll by.

Location, location, location it is as far as getting certain things like "oru mozham poo" (a hand length of strung jasmine flowers)!




We have four Jasmine plants in our house. They bloom over a very narrow time period and give us lots of flowers during the last two weeks in April. The four females in the house will treat these flowers like a precious commodity, pluck every little jasmine they can, take hours to string it, even save the flowers in the fridge in ziploc bags so it will last them a couple of more days after the plants stop flowering.

Note, there is more flowers here than hair on the little one's head, and she fought to keep it all for herself!




Jasmine's in the air!



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11 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:34 PM, Blogger Me wrote...

OMG! OMG! O-M-G! so much malli...i guess you have to suthi potufy your malli chedi now...:)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 9:16 PM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

Now am nostalgic about Madurai !! Do they smell well ? I mean, like how you get them here..?

But this was an art form. To pluck flowers and tie them into 'oru muzham'

Am glad that it is taking form over there as well ! :)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:03 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

Me, will do!

Kavi, when you get the grandma from India to the US, it automatically takes form here..

have thought of starting a local Malli farm here to get flowers year round and sell them in a Koodai at the local desi grocery store..

maybe it should be my retirement plan?!

:)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Sundar

From the colour and size of the flowers I guess they are Jaathi Malli.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:15 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

it is Jaadhi Malli..

:)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:26 AM, Anonymous WA wrote...

Wow azhagaa thoduthu irukaanga. When my sister got married, her mother in law was aghast when she found out I can't thoduthufy. Oh well.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Sundar can you catch a video of how they tie it :-) Have forgotten the method.

V

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Sivajini wrote...

lol- yeah Sundar annah, you should suthi potufy your malli chedi on behalf of my ammah- she refuses to believe you got this much malli.

In our house, the car gets stopped everytime they see a malli chedi and the literally run to the plant store and buy it...But they only get 4-5 flowers from each plant( usually there is three in circulation) in the summer every day and it gets dedicated to the pooja room.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:17 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

okay, when MIL does her next round of stringing we will videotape it, do a slow motion replay on movie maker and do a video blog..

:)

most likely over weekend.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

You are the best. Thanks so much.

V

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:33 AM, Blogger visithra wrote...

oooh my my fav jathi malli ;p n u cant get it in msia donno y but i love that one ;p

oooh i only wear normal malli if its closed and tight buds - dont ask ;p

 

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