One of the things that I loved the most about Bhutan is that almost every home or shop has a few potted flowering plants. This is because the Bhutanese believe that flowers bring good luck – totally my kind of philosophy 🙂 And the loveliest part is that these plants are grown in upcycled containers like tyres, tins, paint buckets, cement bags, drums, fish tanks – just about anything.
This Dusshera, I am in Chennai, and many people in this part of the country celebrate the festival by putting up a Navratri Golu (read about it here) during the 9 days from Mahalaya to Dashami. During this time of the year, the area near the Mylapore tank fills up with stalls selling thousands and thousands of brightly painted mud dolls of all sizes, shapes and colours. Put it on your must-see list if you are visiting this region during Dusshera. And if you can manage to get invited to a golu in someone’s home, even better!