Today’s photoblog is on jugaad- West Mambalam style.
You must have seen the perfectly round banana leaf liners on dinner plates in restaurants and parties. I was thinking that these must have been cut using presses and dies with some element of sophistication. But seeing this young man at work in West Mambalam was a revelation. With just a steel plate as a template (!) and a sharpened hacksaw blade as a cutter, he deftly produces hundreds of round liners from a cluster of banana leaves in a matter of minutes.
Venkateswara Boli stall is a famous sweet stall in West Mambalam. Early morning it was a pleasant sight to see a woman and a boy getting ready to open the stall for customers. The woman was cleaning the threshold and drawing the ‘kolam’ while the boy was moving the potted plants.
The murukku painted on the glass wall formed a giant halo.