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Happy Onam!

A floral carpet

of multi-hued petals

meticulously laid

in intricate patterns.

A labor of love

to welcome home


king of yore

still living on in hearts

as more than just a lore.

– Shail Mohan (Sept 2011)

Incidentally, this pookkalam or floral pattern won the second place in the Keraleeyam Onappookkalam Β competition for the team of which my sis in law was a part.