KOCHI: It is celebration time for techies in nearly 200 firms on the Infopark campus at Kakkanad with Onam and Mahabali descending now. It’s an organic Onam that they are celebrating by consuming organic vegetables for the sumptuous Onam spread that is supplied by an IT-Agro startup on the campus FarmersFZ. People from outside the state on the campus are as enthusiastic as natives in celebrating Onam. They join natives in spreading floral carpets, sporting native dress, savouring the delicacies of the state and playing events like pulikali. The major companies leading the celebration are CTS, TCS, UST Global, RapidValue, Fingent, Zerone, Wipro and Suyati Technologies. Different companies have celebrations on different days prior to Uthradam and Thiruonam .
“It’s such a great festival. Floral carpets, tug of war competition, the sadya all make it a perfect celebration….bhalle….bhalle….,” said an excited Manjit Singh from Punjab, the techie who works for RapidValue on the campus. “The memories of a great king called Maveli energise us….Let those prosperous times come back,” said Shylaja Reddy from Karnataka who works for FarmersFZ which made the celebration ‘healthy’. FarmersFZ delivered 1000 vegetable kits and 500 bags of Onam chips. As past of its CSR activities it also delivered vegetable kits to Ashabhavan, Karunalaya, Kakkanad.
The firm is associating with 120 organic farmers in different places for supply of vegetables. “Since we had a lot of North Indian employees, we came out with a North Indian Mahabali. Chenda melam accompanied the celebrations throughout. Our family members joined us in the celebrations,” said Revathi Krishna, director of Suyati Technologies. She said that to add more variety to the programmes, Thiruvathirakali was followed by fusion dance. “There was pookkalam, tug of war contest and a sumptuous spread and all enjoyed it,” said Revathi.