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August 25, 2015

Onam Office Celebrations at GeoInfopark, Kochi, India

With the ladies of GTI.
The beautiful designs shown in this post may look like something out of a kaleidoscope, but actually they are flower designs called pookkalam. More than flowers, these designs require an immense amount of patience to create. The green and dark purple colors are the hardest to come by. Green is taken from a particular plant, which needs to be cut very finely by hand. The dark purple petals are very tiny and must be taken off of small flowers.

The pookkalams in this post were seen in the Geo Infopark (Kakkanad, Kochi) building for the Onam celebrations on August 25, 2015. Companies that participate typically place their pookkalam in the reception area of their company. Pookkalam artists and flower cutters and placers start as early as the night before with their designs and flower preparation. Around 11am most of the companies in the building complete their designs. At this time, teams from companies tour around the building going from office to office seeing the designs, taking photos. I also joined in that activity. The images collected during this tour are shown in this post. Enjoy!

This design depicts the Kerala dance, thiruvathira as danced by ladies. If you look closely, you can see the ladies in purple blouses clapping their hands together.

What does it take to make these amazing pookkalams?  It takes teamwork, patience, creativity and passion! - Company: Litmus7

 Company: QMiS

 Company: BrookWin

 Company: Sky Rocket

 Company:Network Redux

 Company: School Speak

Token picture with Maveli. This was my first ever photo with Maveli.
Along with me stand team members of Litmus7.

Tug of War (Vadamvali) - Onam Competitions
Posted by Jennifer Kumar on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.