Pockets of real festive spirit of Pongal

You may have wondered what a harvest festival like Pongal would show up in a metro neighborhood like Arcot Road.

We got to witness shades of the real thing early last week.

The sugarcane bundles arrived late in the markets of MGR Nagar and Virugambakkam.

Hawkers sold cane at fifty rupees for two pieces – a price that many shoppers thought was a tad stiff.

Those who were keen to cook the rice in earthen pots grabbed the pots on the pavements off Sri Murugan Temple in Vadapalani or in MGR Nagar market.

Many people went overboard though on Bhogi morning, burning all and sundry and polluting the atmosphere – little of the anti-pollution campaign was on the ground.

But the sights of Pongal in the inner streets of Virugambakkam, MGR Nagar and Valasarawakkam were truly festive.

Large coloured kolams greeted you early in the morning. In many spots, family set up the fire and pots to cook pongal, including sakkarai, sweet pongal in the open. Truly, a community scene.

Some shops on Kaliamman Koil Street sported flowers and sugarcane.

Here and there, we spotted young men in colorful clothes, some in vests soaked in the festival spirit.

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