1 Jan 2012

Madh Village















Tulsi.

Friday at noon, for a short while, I was running around the Chembur Cremation Ground/Electric crematorium looking around for Tulsi leaves. I was there for a friend's cremation and the last rites involved placing among other things, tulsi leaves (which an uncle had forgotten to buy from the market) on the lips . We didn't find a Tulsi plant in the relatively green grounds.

But, Madh and Versova fishing villages are among the few places in Mumbai where homes still have a place for the Tulsi or the Holy Basil plant (some now are home to the more Mumbai-appropriate money-plant and wild weeds). For the rest, Tulsi was a character from a soap.

Also, note the travelling salesman selling cloth in the last picture. Life goes on a different pace in these villages. It's closer to the pace of life in the open sea and the rise and ebb of tides.


3 comments:

The Floating Clouds said...

Interesting to see how space determines the use and purpose. In several rural areas, I have found space around the Tulsi left open to do a phera/pradakshina in Marathi. None of the pictures show such place made available- yeh hai Mumbai!

Anika said...

The primary colour blocking is lovely!

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Yes. Indians are the original experts in that but it's something we are forgetting :(

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