"Chalo… we will have Tea!!!Wait a moment, there are some people in the meeting room. Let us check, ….Hey our mallu guys! Our Malayali colleagues are asking us to join the meeting."
All were speaking in a funny way and making laugh @ everyone in themeeting hall. I was also laughing without knowing the jokes. The reason is obvious: I don’t know a single word in Malayalam other than"kutty" :-(. The discussion was all about planning Onam celebrations @ Sony. We finally made some decisions on teams and list of events.
Chandana-san was our Team Lead in the Pookalam (Floral carpet)competition at Sony office. Who else in the Linux team has this much years of Drawing experience ? The choice was unanimous .
Linux team was always ready to participate and win all thecompetitions. That was the time for Pookalam. So team gathered forplan and Design,.Amol-san and Chandana-san came up with a wonderfulidea. We kept the idea secret.. Now time for implementation.Chandana-san took initiative and started drafting on paper.
Morning 7 O’clock on Onam Celebration Day. When I entered into reception area, the entire floor is filled with so many kinds of beautiful flowers and beautiful girls. My juniors Naiha, Nisha and teammates have already started separating flowers and buds. It was areally interesting scene..So I jumped in :-) and learned how we could do it from our kool Malayali girl Gayathri. Pookalam started filledwith colorful flowers and leaves. Finally our team made an attractivePookalam with a special effect: with a Tux from our very happyAshwin-san.
Judges started evaluating pookalam design, theme and tag line. Judgeswere very special and close to us : Japanese friend Hiromi san andJapanese teacher Miki san. They liked our theme, design and tag line.
Onam celebration started on roof top with the traditional Kerala Drums.Our Peter san and team dressed in a colorful costume and played kerala's drama song(Ottam Thullal). It described the life at Sony in a humorous way. The crowd just loved it.
Time for the result announcement :
"Linux team won First Prize in Pookalam competition !!!"
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us … Hope this yearshall bring peace on the earth”
Moments captured were:
Implementation: work in progress Development Team Symbol of peace as pookalam
Linux Tux with Pookalam
Linux Team Winning moment
Team work always wins...