Festivity in the air
It’s that time of the year when we can smell the festivity around. With so many festivals being celebrated across India and Diwali just knocking our doors, the whole breeze around is so mystical.
The time when we want to step into the traditional world of ‘Bharat’. From celebrating Ganesha to Durga Puja to Navratri to Dandiya, we have them all! During this time we wish to step into every tradition and make a connection with the community, with their rituals, with their festivity and with their culture. We just forget the caste, creed or religion and celebrate the happiness, the togetherness.
With so many rituals, puja, lights and decoration, the whole aura around is so divine. And to further enhance the flavour we have colourful traditional attires, sweets, flowers and gifts. Surely, festivals give us a reason to be happy and enjoy life.
Pandemic and festivals
However, 2020 is not just an ordinary year. It’s an extraordinary year with always a feeling of fear. True we can’t meet our near and dear ones, even to lend a shoulder of strength in difficult times. The craving to meet people and celebrate together is increasing with every passing day. The urge to call people home is making us more restless. These few months of festivals make us plan our trips, visits, shopping, decoration and celebrating togetherness. Festivals brings in motivation, brings in positivity and brings in loads of celebration with family and friends.
So are we saying we should not celebrate this year? I mean can you imagine a life without festivals? Mostly Not!
Let us celebrate that we are safe and secure with our immediate family in our house.
Let us celebrate the life we have been blessed with.
Let us celebrate the big lesson that pandemic taught us, health is the real wealth.
Let us celebrate the meals we can afford to have together with our family, every single day.
Let us celebrate the quality time we all have been able to spend with our families and kids.
Let us celebrate the step back we have taken to think where this rat race was heading to.
Let us celebrate the new talent and hobbies that we have explored during this pandemic.
And most important, let us celebrate our ‘Atam Nirbharta’?
Nevertheless, when we have so much to celebrate then why should we not? Why we should let this year go by without celebrating the festivals, even if it means to celebrate aloof.
So dress up in best of your clothes, decorate your space to the best, cook the best of feast and enjoy the festivity around because the festival is not just a celebration, it’s a feeling. Feeling of happiness, feeling of togetherness, feeling of harmony!
Pandemic has taught us how to put one foot in front of the other. Let’s celebrate life this year and not just Festival.
OMG! I never knew I would have this irresistible urge to write about the web series which I happened to recently watch, ‘Scam 1992- The Harshad Mehta Story’ on Sony Liv. Guys, don’t go by the title literally, I meant here ‘THE Pratik Gandhi on my mind’.I am totally in awe of the lead actor Pratik Gandhi. The 10-episode series is around the life of famed stockbroker Harshad Mehta who took the stock market to rapid heights and his disastrous downfall as a result of committing fraud.
We are in a nuclear setup and a family of four, me, my husband and two notorious kids. The other day I was put to question by my husband as to why I still get up an hour before anyone else in the house? He further suggested that since we all are working from home and there is no rush for school or office or grocery or any other thing for that matter, then why do I still have to haste for things? Another word of advice was since I have my whole day at my disposal, I can take up things little slow and easy and instead take an extra hour of sleep?
That made me ponder and I decided to alter my morning alarm to get the taste of the new morning routine, as guided by my affectionate husband.
While we all are floating in the same boat of ‘New Normal’ and busy tacking between work from home and work for home; work for kids or work around kids; cleaning the house or cleaning the utensils; meditating or watching tv; me time or sleep time…Aahhhh…..and the list goes on.
We have hundreds of things in mind when we get up from the bed or when we call it a day. Do this or do that, do right now or later, is this important or if this can wait. We surely are one skilled multitasker. Don’t you think?
However, amid this perpetual juggle, there are days when I want to do nothing, I mean just nothing. Yes, you read that right! Do you also feel the same at times?
A Homemaker-MotherThis is a story of my mother, a common mother with whom most of the millennials can relate to. A standard middle-class family with two kids, a businessman father and a homemaker, my mother. Life of my mother started with her parents, grown up in a business class family, got married at an early age, ordinary arrange marriage wherein the boy and a girl had never met before. Fortunately, stars used to be in favour of the couples then and most of the marriages used to turn out successful. So was the case with my parents.
Your One and Only
How much I dreamt to be part of your everyday life;
ever since you stepped into your married life.
Amidst your juggle between home and office;
I know my thoughts kept coming back to you, as promised.
How much I had wished to be just you and me;
when you would spend your days just thinking about me.