Friday, November 09, 2007
I think I have graduated from home-sickness to pure nostalgia during festivities. It has become a way of life, seven diwalis, seven ganesh chaturthis, and thats the way it is! Diwali for me at home in Bombay meant being woken up by our crazy maharashtrian neighbours who woke up at 3 am to burst crackers. Then being woken up again, having oil-bath, wearing new clothes. :) It was one of those rare occasions I actually enjoyed dressing up, then. S, my best friend from downstairs would come up to show off her new dress. In the evening, we'd deck up, go to everyone's houses in the neighbourhood to exchange sweets. The same general mix would make the rounds- chiwda, chakli, laddus, some barfi, etc. etc. Sometimes things would go from one house to another and back to the house it came from! But it didn't matter. We'd come back to our houses to a huge spread of sweets. Then we'd change into simpler clothes and gather downstairs to burst crackers. Our building was like the meeting ground for all the people around the neighbourhood- everone pooled their crackers and the uncles and aunties looked over as the kids had a good time. Bhoomi chakras, anaars, rockets, and all those bombs. Oh yeah- there was a Lakshmi pooja in there somewhere I forgot. And also lighting diyas all around the house, something I loved doing.
The next few days would be spent eating all those sweets like there's no tomorrow. And the next many months would be spent swearing off sweets. :) Ah! fun times. I miss home like hell at such times- calling and listening to the firecrackers in the background totally does it for me. I don't know if it's the proximity to my sister's that's making me less home-sick than usual, the fact that I just went home, or the little voice in my head thats telling me that its a matter of a few more years and I will be home, eventually!
For now, I have lit a string of electric brass diyas that look really pretty. (But my mom says that doesn't suffice, I need to light an oil lamp too!) I will brave the cold and wear a nice new churidaar to lab today and take along some gulab jamuns. I'm happy. Happy Diwali all ye readers of Deep Thought!