"Lots of girls have been coming to me from the onset of saawan. The queue should increase sometime next week. We also get good business during Rakhi," said Afreen Firdaus, a mehendi artist.
Though the Odisha customer tends to be conservative — no pregnant bellies, please — there were a few bold belles who got their backs decorated. The most popular canvases, of course, were the hands, arms and feet. "When we go outside Bhubaneswar, we get requests for a cummerband and some tattooes on the shoulder, but here people are more conservative," added Afreen.