Saturday, August 22, 2009

The First Day

Decorative lights. Sticker tape. Extension cords and multi-plugs. Switched off fans. Gamlas. Saffron aasans. Thermocol, pins and blow paint. Stained red hands and nails. Mother running around. Tall silver and golden samais. Seven and nine flame diyas. Ghee and cotton diyas. Liquid ghee. Raw ghee. Burnt ghee. Sparkling floors. Perfumed smoke. Aggarbattis. Ashes of aggarbattis. Flowers. Wet flowers. Fresh flowers. Orange. Yellow. Hibiscus. Rose petals. Wet rose petals. Tulsi. Durva. Garlands. Crumpled fresh green leaves. Burnt matchsticks. Mother's soft experienced hands. Long, difficult sanskrit words. My stammering voice. Panchamrut. Dahi. Water. Stained with kumkum. Camphor. Raw peculiar smell. Burning camphor. Black outline of its flame mixing wholeheartedly with the aggarbattis' white perfumed smoke. Bronze thalis, mugs, vessels. Mango leaves. Kalash. Coconut shavings. Raw coconut. Sweet water. Silver glasses with water and rose petals. Strewn rice grains. Gold plated wide aggarbatti stands. Apples. Kumkum stained sweet lemons. Raised saffron platforms. More durva. Murti. Sanshtaang namaskar. Burnt hair while holding aarti. Growling , hungry stomach. Kheer. Hot, sweet aromas. Paining shoulders on rotating aarti for long. Rainy weather. Loudspeakers. Sweet, sticky , kumkum stained hands. Open doors. People. Smiles. Blessings. The wait for lunch. Happy Ganeshutsav!

9 comments:

pratap kaul said...

happy ganapati to you too!

Sanket said...

Hey wish you Happy Ganeshotsav too. Must have took you quite a long to convert marathi words to english to write this one!

Pratiksha said...

burnt hair while holding aarti!really?!
nice template though...
ganesh chaturtichya hardik subechya...

Madhav said...

You hairy baboon, how do you burn hair while holding aarti?

Shoulders hurting while holding aarti ???? You little girl!!!!

Happy Ganeshutsav. May God give you less hair and more strength in the years to come!

ashwathi said...

u tried burning ur hair on purpose didn't u? it's fun na? well seems someone's really enjoying the festivities..comes across through ur post.watsup wid the new template..close to nature with warm welcoming rays f hope? :)pleasant.
happy ganesh utsav!

K.G. said...

hey yugi ... happy ganesh utsav.... this reminds me of home ... :)

Ankit B. Rathod said...

Hey yugi.... Happy ganeshotsav.... Ganpati bappa morya.....

Btw i liked d way u put ur effort in providing the minutest details of the festival :)

omkar said...

GANPATI BAPPA MORYA!!
MANGALMURTI MORYA!!
nice description...
n plz show us a recap of that hair burnin incident..

Bharath said...

impressive vivid description.

how i miss all this!