Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Reluctant Poser

A few years ago, we visited our husband's hometown in the Southern most part of the country and decided to do a food-based trip in Tamilnadu. From Gopu Iyengar's Tiffin in Madurai to Needamangalam Paalgova to the breakfast place near Thanjavur Railway station, to Asoka Alwa in Tiruvaiyaaru, we went around the Thanjavur-Madurai belt to test some fantastic food / snacks.

As part of the trip we also ended up visiting quite a few temples - Srirangam Ranganathar, Thanjavur Periya Kovil and Pillayarpatti amongst others. Completely unplanned though, we managed to visit 5 out of the 6 Arupadai Veedus including Pazhani, Pazhamudhir Solai, Thirupparangundram, Swami Malai and Tiruchendur. 

We were also at Karaikudi for a day and visited the Chettinad Bungalows and antique shops that sold stuff from Chettinad families who had stayed there once upon a time. These shops were filled with huge photo frames, Chettinad utensils, chandeliers and quite a lot of Golu Bommais.

Spotted amongst the lot of big and ofcourse expensive Bommais, was this tiny Pazhani Murugan who's less than 4 ft tall. The seller didn't quote much as he knew we were only window shopping and were not serious shoppers there buying vintage pieces to add to their collection. This bommai was sold for Rs.100 if I remember right.

Look at Him. He almost seems like being forced to pose for a passport photograph or being made to smile for his parents' instagram reel.  By the way, what is Murugar's favourite food item? Like his brother has Kozhakkattais, his Maama's Krishnan avadharam has seedais, He should have something no? May be it's Cheese. And he's waiting for someone to say "Cheeeeeeese" to smile.

Please do read my earlier posts on Navarathri Golu.

Twins - Separated at Birth?


Harini's Paatti - I met her last in October 2019, if I remember right. Maama (her husband) had passed away, her son and family had moved to UK. She was living alone in Mumbai. Have been trying to contact her with her mobile number and it seems to be switched off. 

Bommaigalil Oru Blooper



Golu 2012

Bead Work

Golu 2008


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