How Many Bananas Do You Weigh?

One of the great things about India and especially Kerala is the vigour that goes into both religious and other types of celebrations.  A few weeks ago I witnessed my first Hindu wedding at the local temple, and the best part was definitely the feast of food that was served at the nearby Ootturpura.  They set it out like a factory line, serving everyone with each dish.  Once the whole crowd has finished (and you better finish fast) the paper tablecloths are rolled up and cleared out.  Then the room is set for the next load of guests who are clawing at the windows and stampede into the food hall as soon as the doors are opened.  Whilst at the temple I also observed a 'Thulabaram', a traditional Keralan ritual where the weight of a person in bananas is given as an offering to the temple.