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REGIONAL DIGEST—NORTH CAROLINA Diwali 2011


North Carolina, Raleigh region nagarathars celebrated this year's Deepavali at Priya-Chidambaram's home. The place was filled with beautifully dressed kids, women and men, a wide variety of food, fire crackers and lots of happiness, joy and Diwali spirits.


uma lakshmanan


A Warm and Cozy Carolina Pillayar Nonbu


Scientists say that global warming has put the planet in peril. The need of the hour is to work together to bring about a sustainable future. But in the meantime, it’s ok to enjoy the byproduct of this “A Warm and Cozy Carolina Pillayar Nonbu” in the middle of the winter. On this pleasant January 7th day the Carolina Achis with their Chettiars and the gadget generation in tow raced towards Suhanti and Kamesh’s home that is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Nagarathar families slowly started to trickle in after 3 PM. As the men settled with their conversations and coffees, the customary elai making process started. Since the eldest member of our community couldn’t make it to Charlotte this year we were put into a quandary of finding out the second eldest. With the young in heart hesitating, the host was gracious


enough to step up. The event proceeded with paatu padital, children performances, elai eduthal and family introductions. There were about 55 elais taken. The main event culminated in a delicious Chettinadu feast. Nutrition facts were on nobody’s minds when they were indulging on the exquisite Kandarappams, smiley idlies and the zesty kaara chutney. After dinner, all families enjoyed dumb charades on nagarathar jargon and a Jodi Porruttam game conducted by Lakshmanan and Umayal. Special thanks to Meena Sukumar for doing the heavy lifting by coordinating the whole event and our hosts Suhanti and Kamesh for their southern hospitality.


Uma Velappan passed on the regional representative baton to another Uma (Umayal Lakshmanan). Umayal will hold this responsibility for the next 2 years. Thanks to Uma and Velappan for agreeing to host next year’s Pillaya Nonbu.


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