Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Deepavali

- Waking up to the alarm of distant crackers…
- Donning new clothes…
- Sneaking off to burst a few crackers before my brother joined me…
- Setting off 100-walas and Lakshmi vedis and flowerpots and tharai chakkarams…
- Eating idlis and chutney for tiffin…
- Watching Pudhu Paadal on TV…
- Having lunch with our entire extended family…
- Organizing/taking part in games…

*Sigh* Today, I miss home just a bit more than usual…

Happy Deepavali!

30 Comments:

At 4:08 AM, Blogger Rajesh said...

Happy Diwali Balaji..

Just imagining how the festive
spirit would be there in our homes in India...

Come on Balaji.after reading your article....the sequence of events goes on and on..and on...in my mind...let me make a full stop.

and catch up with the festive spirit during this week end...

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger IBH said...

:( Anyways, :) Wish you and your family a very very Happy and a Prosperous Diwali!

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi said...

Happy deepavali saaar :)

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Happy deepavali Balaji

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

I still remember when I would come out of the house and look down the street to find it hazy (smoke from all the firecrackers), the girls from the opposite house showing off their new clothes and giving coy looks (plus my friends who show up promptly at my house to show off to those girls), tipping the kids who work in the nearby cycle and tea shops, etc. Sweet! I am planning on being in India next Deepavali!!

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

yep, nostalgia.
You forgot - matinee or evening show - first day show.
Lots of sweets from around the neighborhood.
Well, got to do at least one from the list. New clothes for the family.

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous ram said...

happy diwali, everyone!!

yep, sure do miss all the fun that i used to have in Singaara Chennai...

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Happy Deepavali, Balaji..

Coincidence!!! My Deepavali post is also about nostalgia and a *SIGH* too..

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger prakash said...

Couple years back, planned my India trip around Diwali. Was awesome.

Here, it's just another day. When people call to wish, I tell them "Naanga Christmas-kku maritom"! In the East Coast, there's a similar feeling of festivity in the air, esp if it is a white Christmas. One time of the year I don't miss sunny Cal. Just isn't the same there.

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger thennavan said...

Happy Deepavali, Balaji :-)

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Kupps said...

bb,

nowadays people at home too feel kinda same. souring cracker prices, cracked-down enthusiasm due to factors ranging from authorities directive to price to general interest lost have become the factor.

ellaarum indhiya tholaikkaatchigaLil mudhal murayaaga abaththathirkku adimaigaLaagivittOm.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

rajesh, yep. the phone call where i get to speak to the entire family is the only solace :)

ibh/vijay/ganesh. thanx :)

gopi, the smoke slowly clearing to reveal the gals in the opp. houses? enna 'azhagiya theeye' levella iruku? :)

but u're right. apart from the smoke, i also remember the red and while remnants from the crackers on the roads. that was 1 day when even that was beautiful!

munimma, diwali anniku have never been to a new release :( too much fun in our house to miss :)

ram/raju, thanx :)

prakash, i was there during diwali in 3 yrs ago. unforgettable...

thennavan, thanx :)

kupps, thanx for dropping by. my parents said the same thing. the crackers-tradition seems to be almost dying out. but the new clothes-tradition seems to be real strong seeing the shopping crowds this yr :)

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

Happy Diwali Balaji ... feeling same as you .... sigh** so far away from home.

And sivakasi - watched it yesterday at IMC6 - completely agree with you on your review - if only first half had some substance - the movie could have been better - well i had no expectations in Vijay's movie - it is masala movie - i had gone for the masala ;)

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Ms Ch said...

Happy Deepavali, Balaji!

Somehow I don't miss the noise and the pollution.

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous SK said...

Happy Diwali, Balaji.

SK

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, thanx! and just curious, which day/show did u go to?

missy/sk, thanx :)

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

Hope u had a gr8 Diwali. When can we expect Majaa review?

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, will hopefully see 'majaa' this weekend. so review should be up next week :)

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

Monday - 8pm show - IMC6 San Jose - Even met the distributor of both the movie too - asked him how the movie was faring and how come they put the movie before it was released in india - he told that they had to fight with the producers so that they could release it during the weekend - naturally the only time they can earn some money - Saturday shows were houseful

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Nyabagam varudhe..Nyabagam varudhe.!!

Umm..Memories..!!

I miss my younger days in India.!!!

 
At 7:56 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, cool. didn't know u were from the bay area too. it looks like there quite a few bloggers here contrary to what i thot earlier :)

narayanan, perfect situational song :) and i know exactly what u mean :)

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

Just been a year since i have come here - was in boston before - so going for Maaja this week - Did you get a chance to see Adhu our kana kalam

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, cool. i'll hopefully see 'majaa' this weekend too.

AOKK was cancelled last weekend since they didnt get the prints cos of the rains. so they'll probably screen it this weekend. i'll pick 'majaa' over it since the theater's closer and i've been looking fwd to 'majaa' a lot more :)

 
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