Saturday, 12 October 2013

Golu 2013 -- The Story Unfolds

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I welcome you to our Golu this year. As they say in Tamizh, "Manjal kunkumam vaangikka vaango" (please come over to accept turmeric and vermillion"!

Let's start with the flowers:

The marrying folks, got married

.. and the Rajasthani quintet played along, while the displaced bricklayer, continued to be displaced!

On the other side of town, the Rajasthani immigrant couple had set themselves us nicely with a Chettiar store (yes, they are aware of the contradictions)
Meanwhile in the rural areas, it was business as usual:

with farmers ploughing the field

Cowherds, herding their cow:

More farmers plying their trade

Last year's harvest was so good, they even pitched in and bought a Spanish bull called Picasso

The hope was that the bull will prove useful in the fields.

But the bull turned out to only be interested in prancing, playing and dancing the tango!

You can see him hear, dancing behind the percussionists for the karagaattakkara troupe!

Although the karagattakkaras danced as per usual

the recent budget cuts meant that the props department was not functioning to full strength. The child artistes were not pleased.

Meanwhile.. in the nearby forest, the tribal folk had run out of most deer and were considering entering into trade agreements with the village folk

 The town cricket championship was planned as per last year (see here), but last minute glitches implied that they had to play on some artificial turf. The match was proceeding well and in fact, a Bahamian Jazz duo were called in for the half time show

but... completely out of the blue, a disgruntled member of the football team from the nearby town, invaded the pitch and declared himself the winner of the match. 

Imagine that! A football player the winner of a cricket match?? No amount of persuasion would make him sea reason. 

All he would repeat was: You talkin' to me?

Most players were too stunned to say anything, but lay dazed, except for the bowler, who was literally too cut up about it!

The town folk decided that it will either have to be natural turf or nothing all, form next year on!

While all this commotion was going in the town cricket pitch, the ManEater of the local forest sauntered out of his lair and wondered: Now, which one should I pick for dinner tonight?

Watching all this, with Zen-like nonchalance was the main attractions, themselves:

Now, please partake of the goodies and see you all next year for the same festivities! Happy Navarathri!!

For 2012 Golu set up, go here:
For ways to grow grass for your Golu, which is a very popular post every year just before Navarathri, go here:

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