Rads: Know what, should attempt making the idol next year!
Out here, they sell all the puja saamagri alright, in Singapore’s very own simulcrum of Pondicherry’s JN Street, but because they import everything from India, the clay idols are relatively expensive; they sell them for S$10 a piece (while in India, they go for INR 10-20, as you’d probably know). Ironically, Plaster-of-Paris Ganeshas are cheaper because they last long, but me being both traditional and eco-conscious, I stick to only mat’t’i vinaayakas.
Heck, that’s an idea actually:- we can even have a reality show where participants show off their wild sculpturing skills. We’ll have three judges for the competition, one a portly person speaking in street-slang, another a woman who tries to play good-cop, and finally, another who’s rude, speaks in an exotic accent, and plays bad-cop to the earlier woman’s good-cop.