Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pot city

At last the potters and pot vendors have arrived. Earthern pots are one of the main attractions of the Attukal pongala festival; the pots that are heaped on either side of the main road leading to Attukal temple is a beautiful sight. Most of these potters come from the adjacent Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. You will wonder whether these people would sell all these pots; they will. Of course they are in a huge number; heaps and heaps of pots,  baked and earth smelling, they look like red pumpkins with their curved bottoms up. It is simple arithmetics, for the thirty lakh women coming for the pongala, you need heaps and heaps of pots; and thats why they are here!. Usually the vendors reach the city, one week ahead of Attukal pongala, this time too they are punctual; Thiruvanathapuram is now a pot city!

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