A small leaf bowl was used to distribute prasad (food offering) at the temple on my way to Coimbatore. I had just had breakfast in a roadside restaurant (ok, if you are thinking of freaking out, please chill. food at roadside restaurant is safe and tastes fantastic if you knew which one to patronize :-)). They served pongal in a flimsy plastic bowl. Since that upsetting event was still fresh in my mind, the leaf bowl looked prettier than usual.
Photo Gallery of the Beautiful Leaf Bowl
- Natural: Duh! :)
- Local: Uses material – leaves and wood splinters – that are locally available
- Truly Disposable: In fact, it will decompose in the soil and become soil nutrients after disposal
- Beautiful: Each bowl has unique characteristics and beauty
- Dying Skill: Weaving leaves into a bowl such as this was a common enough skill in the past. It is a dying skill now.
- Dying Knowledge: Who knows what plant those leaves come from? I am from this part of the world and I don’t :(
- Dying Resources: How do we know that these plants will not get mowed down in our rush to a cash-crop, mono-culture farming?
- Out with the Old and In with the New: Is that always for the best? Or can it lead to unmitigated disaster sometimes? Leaf bowl vs. plastic bowl – need I say any more?
Where is ode you ask? This is a new media ode, complete with pictures and commentary. Were you expecting a Wordsworth? ;-)