Sindhu Lohithadas at the Onam celebrations: instant curry mixes have spoiled the authenticity of the dishes
Onam is here and M-town is celebrating the festival with great enthusiasm. Onam is a time when we worship mother earth for nurturing us with love and care. I would like to refer to Onam as ‘Bhoomi Penninte Kalyanam’ (The wedding of the earth). It's her wedding and we are celebrating it, says Sindhu Lohithadas, wife of late veteran filmmaker and screenwriter, AK Lohithadas. Sindhu is all set to welcome the festival of prosperity, having cleaned her house and prepared special delicacies for the occasion. Regardless of caste and creed, let's celebrate Onam with pomp, serving mother earth and growing a good connection with her, stated greets Sindhu Lohithadas cheerfully.
In an exclusive internet with ETimes, Sindhu talks about his memories of the special festival and its importance:
Mother Earth Wedding
I would like to take it this way that just before Vishu , Earth is similar to a nude Panchali . The Sun God comes closer to Earth and we have perfect climatic conditions to sow the seeds. We offer the last fruits and vegetables of the season to the Sun God and seek his blessings. After which we sow the seeds, by doing so we are protecting her purity and dressing her. Later you eat the month of Chingam when the crops are ready and the flowers blossom, expressing their happiness. The clouds are clear and mother earth is dressed up like a beautiful bride and we celebrate her wedding by preparing the traditional feast of Onam Sadhya.
Worshiping Mother Earth
Pookkalam is also an important part of Onam. By placing Thrikkakara Appan near Pookkalam, we are worshiping mother Earth. If we don’t serve mother Earth well, we may have to face her wrath.
Uthrada Chantha with Lord Lohithadas
Those were the glorious days when we visited the local Uthrada Chantha (a special stand that sells vegetables and other products). We used to get organic products. In addition to buying products, visiting those stalls was like taking a break from all your thoughts.
Instant curry mixes have spoiled the authenticity of the dishes. In the old days, each house had its own flavor, there were not two sambhars that had the same flavor. I also have my own cooking style and I prepare my own curry mixes.