Wednesday, September 2, 2009


My second son, Angelo, is working as a software engineer in Trivandrum Techno Park. There was Onam celebratiions in his office. You can see them wearing traditional dresses, flower carpet(POOKKALAM), traditional lamp, eating food (ONASADHYA) in the traditional style on a plantain leaf. Please click on the photos for a large lovely view.



Brian Miller said...


great pictures and great to see your son...i must say i am ignorant of the signifigance of the ONAM to shed any enlightenment?


Trudy said...

Hello dear Joseph. Wow! What beautiful decorations and costumes. I am assuming Onam is an Indian holiday? I have never heard of it before. Your son is very handsome, you must be so proud.

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. It looks like it was a time of wonderful celebration for your son and his co-workers too!

God bless you my friend!


Hello Joseph, again another wonderful post. The pictures are really outstanding. I would like to thank you for the lovely comments you write on my blog, I do so appreciate them.
Take care.


Anonymous said...

Joseph, the pictures are so ALIVE & beautiful. Your blog(& Amrita's) bring me into such an interesting, colorful & fascinating world. Thank you. ~Mary

Creativity!! said...

Hello Sir,

Beautiful Decorations :D Thanks A Lot For Sharing :D

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
What a handsome man Angelo is. I'm sure you must be very proud of him. It is good to see he has a valuable job in the midst of economic hardships. It may be that Onam is somewhat like George Washington or Lincoln is looked up to in our culture. Very festive and beautiful photos.
God bless,

Mitr - Friend said...

Pon Onam Aashamsagal...
That looks like a delicious Onam Sadya and the Pookkalam is awesome...
Convey my Onam Aashamsagal to your family as well...
My Travelogue, Thozhi-Mitr-Friend, Savoir-Faire

P.N. Subramanian said...

I am happy to see your son and family celebrating Onam. Photographs are very beautiful.Thanks for sharing them.

Leo said...

It is good to have a break from the office tedium for a little sharing in the celebration. They look like a happy group. Thanks for letting us peer into your life.

Gledwood said...

O wow that looks very civilized.

The other day (I was going to post it but forgot) there was some kind of Sikh celebration right near my house. Crowds of Indians in pure white clothes, men and women separate sides... I didn't ask what/why they were doing, didn't want to disturb, but it seemed fascinating.

Many thanks for the kind comment at mine ;->...

Valerie said...

Joseph, your son is a fine looking young man. The flower carpet is wonderful, who actually made it?

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Yvonne:)

Many, many thanks for your appreciation of my comments. Your kind words keep me motivated. I depend on your support.

Have a nice day Yvonne:)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

This is a feast to celebrate the memory of the legendary king Mahabali under whose rule there was no poverty, sickness, misery, suffering, homelessness etc. and people lived very happily.

Best wishes:)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Valerie:)

It was made by my son and his friends in the office.

Best wishes:)

Kat said...

I love the photos... It looks like everyone was having a wonderful time. ;o) Mel wanted me to share with you that your in her thoughts......As you can read below!!

When you comment on one of Joseph’s posts, or when you post a reply comment to his comment on your blog, will you please tell him hello for me, that I think of him frequently, and that he is in my prayers always? I would send this message to him myself, but I don’t have his email address.

Oh, how wonderful! Don’t these comments just brighten your day?? Especially Joseph’s! His comments are always worth far more than their weight in gold. J Receiving meaningful comments on our blogs just makes blogging all the more fun and rich and rewarding, doesn’t it? God is so good!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts and beautiful photos.
(Please pray for Mel, that God will take care of the needs of her and her family... If God wants to bring healing to her family then I know He will do so in His own time!!!) Take Care and God Bless... Kat

Celeste Maia said...

What beautiful photographs of the celebration of ONAM and you have such a nice looking son Angelo!
I am back in Madrid and trying to get the house cleaned and organized so I can go back to work. Just wanted to send greetings to you from Spain.

A New Beginning said...

Greetings Mr. Joseph!
Its beautiful how tradition blends with technology. Its great to see people holding on to their culture and walking ahead with the changing world :) This is indeed what makes our culture just so distinct and awe inspiring!
Thanks for the lovely snaps and hope you had a great Onam. My best wishes to you and your family!

Linnea said...

Hello Joseph!

Such beautiful pictures! When I travel I want to see your beautiful country. So much life.
Thank you for sharing so many pieces of your world with us. It's been a while since I've been on but I hope to be more involved. I just posted another blog so check it out if you like.

Thank you for your kind words and support,


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Linnea:)

I am delighted and thrilled beyond words to see you. Wonders never cease. Many thanks for your lovely comments Linnea. Of course I will visit your blog as soon as possible.

God bless you Linnea:)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Sana:)

I agree with you wholeheartedly. We will retain our age old culture and tradition where ever we go and what ever we do.

Best wishes:)

Anonymous said...

Hello Joseph! What a beautiful post! The photos are really lovely! Hope all is well with you!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rain:)

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

It has been raining for the last three or four days and therefore there is no shortfall of rain here.

But I was wondering why my blogger friend Rain was playing truant:) Perhaps you were raining in other places where rain was much needed:)

Many,many thanks for your words of encouragement and motivation. So long I kept going in the hope Rain will come. Now that you have really come I will go on for some more time:)

In any case, let me see if I can create some thunder and lightning in your blog:) Just hold on for some time:)

Best wishes Rain:)

Anonymous said...

LOL Joseph, I wasn't being a truant on purpose! I've just been so distracted these days! I have very little's driving me bananas. I felt a little less flaky this morning so I wanted to catch up on some blogs, I'm so glad I made it to yours!!! :-)

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

I love this...

wish someone invites me for onam celebration lunch :p

ScarletTd1ar1es said...

i was in kochi for 6 yrs. and i remember celebrating onam once. damn i miss kochi. :) specailly eating on those banana leaves. (pardon me if they arent the banana leaves i think i am wrong)

Linnea said...

Hello Joseph!

Thank you for your kind words to my blog. It is very uplifting. As to the quote you posted by A J Cronin, I agree completely. Life is EXACTLY like a maze. Each turn or twist is different and unique Either leading you to a dead end or another fork in the road. But one thing they have in common is the fact that each one is your choice.

I am an excessive video game player and in the game I am in now,
there is a helper who uncovers hidden obstacles for you. Click on something using her and she tells you about it. Just like this character, God is our guide showing us things that we cannot see. Helping us decide which is bad and which is good.

The quote is helpful and mind tickling. I am looking forward to dechiphering it more. As for my mom and myself, all is well. The issues our family have been experiencing in the past are finally balancing and our lives our once again at peace, for now. The only thing predictable about life is it's unpredictability.

When I lose sight of God's love, I have but to close my eyes and freefall into the abyss of my worries to see that he has already caught me.

I look forward to talking to you more,your friend,


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Scarlet:)


I am thrilled and delighted to meet you. You were here for 6 long years. Amazing. What a pity we couldn't meet. Where were you staying? You came here for doing some research or studies?

You are right. They are banana leaves. Normally about 16 varieties of items are served on those leaves. Two or three varieties of Payasams are also served.

Celeste, my blogger friend from Madrid, was also here in Kochi for a holiday. She also loved Kerala.

I am fascinated that I could find you. The world is really small:)

Have a wonderful day Scarlet:)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Linnea:)

I am glad you liked the quote and you could draw some inspiration from it. I have read this quote many times and it is one of my all time favorites. It has given me consolation and peace of mind in my own trials and tribulations and showed me a way to cope with my own fears.

Shakespeare said--PRESENT FEARS ARE LESS FEARFUL THAN FEARFUL IMAGININGS. It is always our imagination that creates havoc about an impending disaster whereas the disaster itself is not as bad as we imagined it to be. As human beings we are always resourceful and will always find a way to get out of even the most difficult situation by our own ingenuity and God's help.

Prayer is essential because there is immeasurable power in it. Prayers are always answered.

I am happy to hear about the peace prevailing at your home and hope and pray everything will be sorted out fast. Best wishes to your mom.

Your knowledge, erudition and deep insight into life amazes me. I admire you.

I enjoy reading what you write in your blog and I examine my own life based on what you write. It is very helpful to get a fresh insight from you.

Have a wonderful Sunday Linnea:)

Lucy said...

Thank you Joseph, for visiting my blog. You all gave me a much needed boost in my morale.. I came to see our handsome son and family. Your celebration is so festive and bright colors.I shall try to get back more often. Again thank you, You lifted some very sagging spirits.

Lucy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. You lifted some rather sagging spirits. Not often but at times I do get really down and yesterday was one of those days. You have a very handsome son and a lovely family. I loved the colors.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Lucy:)

Many, many thanks for your visit and inspiring comments.

As I said you are an inspiration to me. I am a toddler in your presence.

Have a good day Lucy:

tuti said...

great camaradarie amongst colleagues. onam seems like a wonderful way to bring people together. good looking son you have, and a great dad too of course! :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi tuti:)

I am thrilled to read your comments.

Many thanks:)

Amrita said...

Wow,, these are very captivating photos, with all the food, flowers, clothes and decorations. I like the flower display, its so colorful. The girls look so pretty. Anjelo is a smart guy.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Amrita:)

Many, many thanks for your appreciation and compliments.

God bless you Amrita:)

SkyJuice said...

Hi Joseph,

The flower carpet is beautiful! How long did it take for your son and colleagues to complete it?

Hope you've had a great Onam. :-)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi SkyJuice:)

It takes about two to two and half hours to do a flower carpet of that size.

Have a nice day:)

Bluebirdy said...

I just love your pictures Joseph. I have such a hunger to see and experience these different cultural celebrations, but even if I were in India, I would not be invited to something like this, so you are our eyes into the world where only you can go.
Bless you,

babYpose said...

Dear Joseph,

Thank you for the nice comments, made me happy everytime. How come your son didn't get off day on a big celebration. Nice I get to see him here in the picture.By the way header photo was taken at my uncle. He has a nice traditional house. Onam.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi BabyPose:)

I am thrilled to note you liked my comments.

Normally, in all offices Onam is celebrated on the previous day of Onam and the next three days are holidays.

I am fascinated by your uncles enchanting house:)

Rema said...

Yes - it was great celebration in our Office also. The Photos are very good. I can,t believe your children have grown so much. God bless them all.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rema:)

I am thrilled to see you after Onam holidays. I am sure your had wonderful celebrations with family.

I am glad you had celebration in your present office.

When we worked in Avery I don't remember we celebrated Onam but we celebrated Puja.

My children are all grown up and two are employed. Time flies.

Have a nice day Rema:)