Navarathri might be over but certainly not navarathrikolus in Mylapore as the vendors continue to display their collection occupying major part of the road leading to Kapaleeshwar temple. However it is always a pleasure standing and watching all those colourful dolls, big and small notwithstanding the hassles involved. It’s equally interesting to go shop hopping for Deepavali which is just two weeks away.
The first shop we chose to visit was Sundari Silks in T.Nagar and I found it was more exciting to watch people around than their collection which needed to be updated. Some men were baby sitting, rather patting them to sleep, others were carrying them and walking from one end of the shop to the other while their women folk were engaged in inspecting one sari after another and shoving them away as evidence of their disapproval. Nalli Silks, our next stop too appeared quite behind the times as their new stock was yet to arrive. Then it was the Kumaran silks and one look at the jostling crowds was enough to put us off but we went ahead squeezing ourselves amidst them to have a look at their Deepavali collection and were happy to see the shop could boast of some new arrivals for the festive season suiting every budget and taste .