Tanya was born and raised in Fort Kochi, a town of multicultural flavour and antiquity, where her family has been living for the past eight generations. The differences in traditions and religious influences based on history always fascinated her.
The importance of the feast to the Kerala's Onam celebration culture is captured in the famous Malayalam proverb: Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnanam - which means: One must have the Onam lunch even by selling one's property, if need be.
Onam is the most popular festival in Kerala. It can be traced to the primitive harvest festival and also to the myth regarding King Mahabali - the benevolent asura ruler who brought peace and prosperity to his country. It is celebrated in August and September.
The Malayalam word kani literally means that which is seen first. The traditional belief is that one's future is a function of what one experiences, that the New Year will be better if one views auspicious joyful things as the first thing on Vishu.
Pappadam has a special place in the cuisine of Kerala. It is an essential part of the world-famous Kerala sadya, a crunchy accompaniment to many of Malayali’s favourite dishes that immediately wins the heart of anyone tasting Kerala food.
This is not a wonderland with fairies and elves. But here, one can find lots of singing birds, dancing squirrels and sweet smelling flowers. The place becomes truly magical because it exists in the heart of a city. Our wonderland is called Alungal Farms.
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