Who said that the day has to dawn bright and clear to be able to promise a good time? Volunteers in Tvm woke up on Sunday morning to gray skies but did that strike fear in their hearts and stop them from celebrating Onam in style?
No, it did not. Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” I would like to add to that, “courage is also what it takes to don traditional white set-mundus and tramp down muddy roads.” :)
By 11:30 a.m, the volunteers of SH Jyothi Bhavan, Nalanchira had gathered, armed to the teeth with ropes, mud-pots, sticks, Rangoli powder and bindis, all ingredients for the fun we were going to cook up.
We started with the “Urriyadi”– breaking the mud-pot with a rod while blind-folded. The girls were divided into 2 teams and their blind-folded leader was directed by her teammates with cries of “Haha hoohoo” to the target.
This was followed by a delicious lunch- a traditional sadya with parippu, sambar, pulissery, toran, aviyal and of course, payasam… – all generously sponsored by some of our friends in Technopark.
After the girls were done eating, they entertained the volunteers who had sat down to eat after serving them, with traditional songs- Onappattukal :)
Once we were all fed and watered, our digestive juices gave way to creative ones. A Rangoli competition was held between the two teams.
We distributed sweets and gifts and called it a day. I won’t even try to describe how gratified we felt at the end of it all because it is a feeling every MAD volunteer is only too familiar with…