Hi! Happy Onam to all of you!
I am writing from Technopark, and I bring to you the latest Onam news from India’s greenest IT park.
It is the festival season and everyone here in Technopark is in high spirits. Even the much-awaited rain that has finally come (at the most inopportune time) has not dampened anyone’s festive mood. It is a break from all those formal wears and strict dress codes. It is a time when you can wear your traditional mundu and saree to office. It is a time when you can sing and dance and make those beautiful flower carpets. And it is a time when you can actually wear flowers on your hair and walk the Park as a traditional malayalee girl, and no one would really stare at you!
So, with the 245 companies in the Park celebrating Onam on one day or the other, the last two weeks were a gala time for all the techies in the Park. While techies from within the State were busy planning the Onam celebrations (some were busy writing/drafting/mailing leave applications too) and organizing rehearsals of Onam programmes, non-Keralites were either taking part in these programmes or watching them and researching Onam on the Internet. Some were so taken to the traditional Onam attire that they were even seen taking the help of their friends to arrange for the same.
There is no doubt that all those techies clad in traditional attire do bring a new look to the beautiful and scenic Technopark campus. Every day for the last two weeks, you could see at least one hoard of techies posing for photographs in the green background of the Park.
And coming to this year’s Onam specialty . . . it is definitely “e-upperi.” The be-all-and-end-all website of the Park’s techies, TechnoparkToday.com, in association with GlenLear marketing services, has launched a facility where techies can order doorstep delivery of upperi and sarkara varatti. These will be made available in 500 g packets.
Techies dressed up for pulikali and as Mavelimannan (King Mahabali) are all-time attractions. Screening of short films is also part of some companies’ Onam celebrations. Accentia Technologies had organised the screening of a short film based on Ottam Thullal. In fact, screening of short films made by employees has been a specialty of Accentia’s Onam celebration for the last four years.
Thiruvathirakali, group dance, Onam songs, tug-of-war, etc. boost the festive spirit. Apart from these entertainment programmes, competitions are held to select Malayali Manka and Kerala Sreeman are also held.
The Technopark Club House is a major venue for Onam celebrations. It is hosting the celebration of at least 10 companies during August 18–27.
So, that is all from me. I am sure Kerala IT will be posting more blogs on this.
Reference: The New Indian Express