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Sudheer pointed excitedly to the centre of the LCD screen of the digital camera. “See that star that stands out in the centre? The drawing had to be perfect to achieve such symmetry.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
August 24, 2009 1:19:21 am

Sudheer pointed excitedly to the centre of the LCD screen of the digital camera. “See that star that stands out in the centre? The drawing had to be perfect to achieve such symmetry. We had an engineer in the team just for that,” he said.

This was no multi-crore Commonwealth Games project. The venue was pookkala-matsaram (the flower-carpet competition) organised by the Malayala Manorama at Mayur Vihar-I,in East Delhi. The event was a prelude to Onam,the Malayalee festival that falls on September 4 this year. The team from Shipra Suncity,Indira Puram,of which Sudheer was the captain,won the competition.

“Such is the competition that we have had teams fly in flowers from Kerala. In the five years that we have organised the competition,participation has steadily gone up. We had to restrict the number of teams to thirty this time,” D Vijayamohan Nair,organiser and Bureau Chief of Malayala Manorama,Delhi,said.

The Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary T K Nair,who had come with his grandson to a nearby temple for darshan,dropped in.

“I wanted to show him what it was like in my childhood,because such festivals are becoming increasingly rare. It was encouraging to see so many youngsters engaged in making pookkalams,” he said.

The teams keep coming back to take part. Dileep Das of the Munirka Platinum Prints team,a group of professional designers that stood second,said: “Unlike the last two years,we did not plan in advance and hence had to borrow flowers from others.” The team spent Rs 6,000 on flowers.

The teams were unique; there was one formed by Malayali policemen representing the 45 Malayalee police families of Dilshad Garden. Another team comprised husbands of nurses in the Sreenivaspuri Nurses Residential Complex.

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