Monday, October 31, 2005

Shubh Deepavali!

Deepavali ki shubh kamnayen everyone :)

We got our patakas and sparklers on Dhanteras* =D. Gerrard didn't feel very festive so maybe next time we'll just cut short the drive and land up in Brampton to do our Diwali shopping.

I usually don't miss Dubai that much anymore but I missed Dubai's frenzy during diwali. Lots of haggling, kids everywhere, last minute shopping for jhumkas, balis,kangans on dhanteras and my family's tendency to lose atleast one member in the crowds of the gold markets. The jammed streets of Meena Bazar on dhanteras and the dhakka-mukki at the gold souk. The tailors working overnight to have our new lehengas, salwar kameez, kurtas, blouses ready in time. The queues and rush in the mithai stores. Chhappan Bhog boxes being exchanged everywhere. Of course, there were the countless Diwali parties that would help maintain dark circles for a few days because we didn't get off from school and my parents wouldn't let us skip either :(. Oh and who can forget the pataka meet-ups and the weird rockets and 'bombs' some of the guys always managed to find. We made good use of soft-drink bottles on that day :P.

I miss the flickering diyas that graced our balconies.It is too windy here to deck up the yard with diyas and rangoli. We're the only family in this neighbourhood with a lighted up house and yard for Diwali. So much for being in a 'brown' city. But we'll get the brief festive mood when we go to the mandir tomorrow and meet some friends.
At times like these, I wish those K3G settings of 'India is everywhere including London streets' *shows goras singing Vande Mataram* were true.
Then the Polish kids across would be dressed in kurta pajama, the Slavs would bring mithais to our place and the snooty Italians would humbly greet us by singing Jana gana mana on our yard dressed in lehengas and our neighbourhood will have a mega- fireworks just for us.

And you never know- after London, New York it is almost time for Johar to hit Toronto and convert 'em Canadians. Unless he betrays us and heads to Sydney. *sigh*
Sadly bollywood doesn't seem to find our igloos attractive enough to dance around on its rooftops. Or to sweep the chiffon-clad heroine on to a galloping reindeer. 'Tis a shame.

And while we still manage to have memorable Diwalis in this new land, many in my dear Delhi will be performing antim sanskars and burying their dear ones because of some retarded mission to create more boundaries in our much wounded land. But this isn't the time for my political views and my prayers are with the victims and their families.

I hope we can begin this new year with less terrorism, sectarian violence and with friendlier relations with the neighbours.

Happy Diwali once again :)



*: We celebrate Diwali for 5 days and it begins with Dhanteras onto Chhoti Diwali then Main Diwali. On the new year we do the Saraswati pooja and the last day is Bhai dooj. Clarification since some of my friends don't have the 5 day affair like we do.


2 Comments:

Anonymous HB said...

lovely. makes me feel nostalgic. even though i havent celebrated diwali ever...but i know the feeling. so perhaps i've celebrated in spirit? hope you have a wonderful time. my eid will be spent writing essays and working =( I think we shud throw an eid/diwali party in winter vacations and get all dressed up in desi clothes :)....oh i AM going to the HSA's diwali celebration @ western. on the 17th :)

November 01, 2005 12:06 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

My diwali has been spent with essays and lab reports so far:(. But no work due on wed so tomorrow im all free :D.
Damn. But maybe eidu baba will drop by some goodies ;)
lucky u! i dont know if i want to go for our HSA celebrations. Maybe i should look it up.And I think you'd enjoy it. Let me know what goes on and what you thought of it :)

November 01, 2005 12:33 AM  

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