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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Changeover!




Yesterday was Janmashtami and I rushed home to make neivedyam, at least the basics like pal payasam if not the works ( read uppu cheedai, vella cheedai etc.). After I spoke to Amma over the phone i remembered how she would make sure we would celebrate all the festivals with equal fervour despite the fact that she was a working mom. I would love the small foot prints of Krishna that would run across the hall to the Pooja and would long to do it myself and beg Amma to let me do my haphazard yet sincere attempt. As I grew older, I would scoff at traditions, more so due to lack of awareness of why we do it.

Now that I am married and live alone, I am able to appreciate and understand these interesting customs, traditions and festivals that come up to brighten up our banal existance and long for some more time and energy to celebrate it with renewed vigour after a long day at work! I think that when my mom took so much efforts to celebrate every festival despite feeling tired after a long day at work and long hours of travel....my life is so much easier and more comfortable....yet I bow down to laziness and feign ignorance?!! I would also like my kids ( when they come into my life!) to know, understand and enjoy these festivals and I should do whatever I can to educate them about it. There are lots of customs and traditions that we follow blindly, but in reality there is some logic or good reason for doing it. Most of the times, people do not ask nor do people bother to explain! OK! I digress...


I love the 'Ganesh Chathurthi' festival and I remember running along with Appa or Anna to the market to buy the beautiful clay idols and I would proudly carry Gannu's umbrella as I amble along with Appa back home and strangers on the road would smile at us and ask "Enna vinayakar vandacha??" ( So Lord Vinayaka has come home?). I vividly remember arriving home to hear Amma sing 'Morya re....Ganpati Pappa morya re...' ( My parents lived in Bombay in the initial years of their marraige) and it is a grand celebration in North India. Since we moved to Pune and we have been around for more than a year now, I get to see huge idols everywhere and it makes me sooo deliriously happy and excited. We are so immune to seeing Ganesha everywhere in our lives that the minute I see an elephant walking on the road, I am promptly reminded of the friendly God! Elephants have this innate quality of appearing child-like and innocent that is extremely endearing. Of course, the fact that they are known to be very unpredictable, strong and dangerous does not cross your mind. I have a huge indulgent smile on my face when I see an elephant anywhere! When I went on a trip with my friends from SRM ( my first job!) I remember falling in love with a baby elephant :)


I am looking forward to Ganesh Chathurthi this year, and of course, hoping its a holiday at work !! ;)

8 comments:

Raaga said...

I don't know... our festivals are so much about food... :-) kitchen religion as my dad calls it. But I am sure that if I did a little something for my friend's child... we'll all keep the tradition going... as adults, we make a choice... as kids, we give them everything so they can make a choice when they are adults :-)

Pretty Woman said...

ha ha...so true!!! Festivals are more about food than anything else...why do you think I have fond remembrances?! ;)

Peridot said...

I used to love the August-September period too, just for the holidays if nothing else, miss that now.

Pretty Woman said...

hey peridot!
You are a new visitor...thanks for stopping by :). Holidays have this knack of passing by very soon....dont they??

Lizzie Borden said...

ey I also love 'Gannu' ya!!
and I enjoy celebrating festivals.. being Mallu we hardly have any but the ones we do we CELEBRATE! Janmashtami is not a big deal at home except for the food that gets made, no pooja and all... I am looking forward to Vinayaka Chaturti for one thing 'kozhukattai', the one that is stuffed with coconut and jaggery... ah joy!
Have to agree with Raaga about the food and festivals part... ever notice how the 'superness' of a wedding is determined solely by the tastiness of the food served!!!

Pretty Woman said...

:) Lizzie...I guess he is the most fav. 'friend' god for all...oh! I love kozhakattai too...its called modak here....but its the same thing!!!

well, food is the universal bonding thingy I guess..lol !

Nescafe said...

Pretty good read!

Pretty Woman said...

hey nescafe!
Thank you :) Welcome to my blog.....