Happy Diwali !!


Happy Diwali!!

I woke up this morning grumpy, drained from the week of festivities that started from the 9th November, coming to a close with loads of wishes and goodwill generated, if true would help me sail pass the mundane everyday life with ease and comfort!!

So was this Diwali any different than the previous one and the answer is a big NO!!

Was it less tiring and comfortable than the previous one, the answer to that one too is a big NO!!

I fail to understand why our festivals have to be so physically tiring. Maybe if i do not sleep by 4.30 AM playing the games that one is supposed to play during Diwali and lose sleep over the hours and the money lost on it, maybe then I won’t be tired so much!! But what is Diwali without these games?? Moreover with the lack of domestic help during the festival and no excuse to avoid the domestic chores for fear of getting into the firing line of wife adds to the already exhausted muscles, tendons and whatever that is supposed to ache.

Sometimes I feel that they should be a ban on meeting anyone for 2 days after Diwali. Stay Home, catch up on the sleep lost and just chill. Like it happens these days when you receive invite for a party to consider a message or email as a personal one, so should be the case for Diwali. Each message sent should be considered a personal phone call and phone call should be considered as a personal visit, Period!! No personal visit should be mandated no matter what the elders tell you.

Grace period of 4 days should be allowed to reply to all the messages flooding your inbox, be it on FB, whatsapp, Twitter and SMS and no copy paste job just a plain Thank You is perfect. The Kaju Katli , Badam- Pista, is something I am not even looking at forget tasting till 2016 is ushered in.

Each Diwali however there was this SRK film that I would look forward but that simple pleasure has been snatched away with the release of the Big Budget Family Entertainer of Bhai: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and this also isn’t looking to promising. But old habits die hard , will still go and watch the same and shall crib and crib after the show, that I m sure of considering the trailers and the reviews.

However to set the record straight, the above in no way takes away the sanctity of the festival or the festivities surrounding it that the others may have. It is just my personal experience and angst and do not expect many to subscribe to it.

PS : The last line has been used to avoid being exiled to neighboring countries by the majority tolerant sections of the society.

Depressing Festivities !!

The festive season has kicked in with the advent of Navratri and will to continue till Diwali. Don’t know why but over the years this festive season instead of brightening up the spirits have tended to have just the opposite effect on me.

I open the newspaper in the morning and see the first 3 pages filled with advertisement from companies selling their merchandise. I am sure these work for most of the people but sadly not for me. When would these companies realize that I will buy what I have to buy irrespective of the offers and terms they sell at? The festive season neither pushes up my buying capacity nor its intent.

Just the other day I was in a departmental store and it was all done up keeping the festive season in mind. I felt like telling the store manager that Dude I am here to buy but with these overkill of decoration of dandia and diya’s u r making me want to break in a Garba Jig instead of shopping. And no I don’t intend to look at the new collections and will wear my old Fancy Kurta this year again on these auspicious occasions. Spare me the unnecessary Silk Kurta that will be taken out only once a year.

The overkill of religion, rituals and the pleasantries is something that I grapple each season. Not that I am not religious or that I don’t like praying it’s just that I pray regularly and believe in the Doha of Kabir wherein he says :

Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye,

Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Tau Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye !!

The meeting up people who I have no intention of meeting the rest of the year has to be accommodated in already action packed days. The inane weather talks and the guilt of stuffing oneself with the delicious mithais, some of which I m so sure are recycled God alone knows how many times, is too much to handle.

The simple pleasures of going around for a drive becomes cumbersome with already narrow roads encroached upon by the shopkeepers merchandise along with  the decoration that each market does in their competitive spirit of being more garish than one another  and the seemingly the whole of the city is out on the roads.

I am anyways perennially sleep deprived and the late night sessions for miscellaneous activities in the festive season further aggravates my Zombieness. The AIB’s video: Honest Diwali completely resonates with me!! Can’t wait for these days to get over and so that I can get back into the everyday drudgeries of life.

PS: Sorry if this post hurts the sentiments of anyone considering everyone is so touchy these days. So help me God in these tiring and depressing times !!