Ret 3: Diwali blast in Mumbai

 

Lighting the Lamps

Lighting the Lamps

With all our ventures in the city, time was passing so fast. We never realized how fast the initial 10 days have passed on. The festive spirit (or the cloud of Gunpowder smoke) was rising in the airs of Mumbai. Yes, it was Diwali time and Our Diwali in Kharghar is an unforgettable experience in our lives. All the girls of our group had made big plans for the celebration. “Pooja, Puliyogre, Photo session and Pataki”. (A perfect festival plan).

Pooja was so well planned and arranged. Some idols of god and photos were neatly kept with incense sticks, camphor everything. (I still wonder who among them has bought it!!!). Bhavana sung a very melodius devotional song, which carried us away for a while.

Puliyogre

Puliyogre

Puliyogre was in menu for the festival feast. They have prepared some nice Payasa along with Puliyogre. The Diwali has bought us stomach full of home made food. (It meant a lot to us then).

Photo session followed our feast. It was very much expected as all of them are very well dressed for festival. We too enjoyed the session this time as we are all in good spirits.

Pataki (crackers), was burst after the photo session. I broke my vow of 4 years of not burning crackers that day and burst some amazing bombs and flowerpots with all of them.

The true festival spirit in Mumbai was seen during that whole week. Everyday from 7 to 11 the noise of burning crackers filled everywhere. Untill that day I had never realised that Kharghar would have populated so much. All the flats in all the apartments were decorated with electric lamps. The whole of the environment was filled with the smell of sulphur and gunpowder all the time. I used to think how long will our so little trees might take to purify the air that we breathe.

But keeping this aside, The time we all friends spent together in the festival spirits is the time of our life time. Probably in the years to come we wont get another Diwali like this, Far from house, yet feeling so near to home. Friends becoming Family and celebrating the spirits of friendship through the lights of Diwali. For today its been a year since we celebrated the festival of lights and Diwali is back. Preparation of Kajjayas is going on in house and all of my cousins are gathered here. But somewhere deep inside I am missing the flavor of Puliyogre and those amazing fun filled photo sessions. Today we all might have been dispersed, yet we still are united through these wonderfull memories. Happy Diwali to all my SISLers. Miss you all.

Another Group Pic

Another Group Pic

Cheers,

Suhas

Let me know what you think..

4 Comments

  • Divya Srinivas October 22, 2009 at 17:39

    Thanks a lot…. Suhas for cherishing those wonderful moments 🙂 I can never forget that Diwali in my life…. I am not finding any words to express my happiness…..I am literally in tears after reading your blog and seeing all these pics…. really I must say, “Those were the days”. Let’s pray God to give back those days… 🙂 Even though it was a short journey of 3 months… it was really so sweet !!!!!!!!

    I still remember, every bit of preparations that we did to make that Diwali… sooo special 🙂 Myself, Bhavana, Sowbhi, Napa roamed so much in search of flowers, diyas, oil, ghee, Rangoli powder, vermicelli, cashew nuts,milk and so on… Finally we got all of them and prepared most delicious Puliyogre and Payasam(Kheer) !!!!!!!!

    By evening… we first placed idol of lord Ganesha and Laksmi… then decorated the floor with rangoli, flowers and Diyas and once all set… we formally did pooja….. 🙂

    Even though we were all away from home during Diwali for the first time, we didn’t feel so, since we could do all these rituals by ourselves… That contentment was great… and when all our friends started praising our efforts, especially the delicious recipes(Puliyogre and Payasam)… we felt damn happy and proud of ourselves….. 🙂

    I would take this opportunity to thank all my friends who showered so much of care and warmth on me….. Without you all, it would not have been possible for me stay away from my home and parents for three months…. Thank you buddies…. !!!!!!!

    This is just a glimpse of our journey in Mumbai….. I think it will be a big book, if we write about all the wonderful memorable moments we have had together….

    Miss you all so much… Take care…. Do, keep in touch 🙂 Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers,
    Divya S

    Reply
    • Suhas October 27, 2009 at 16:15

      Thanks a lot Divya. Your input has made this post more complete. Infact, am very much impressed with your narration. 🙂

      Reply
  • Manoj October 27, 2009 at 14:12

    “Far from house, yet feeling so near to home. Friends becoming Family and celebrating the spirits of friendship through the lights of Diwali.”

    Impressive!!! Nicely put 🙂

    Thanks for bringing back memories of most memorable days in Mumbai..

    Keep up the Good work Suhas!

    Reply
    • Suhas October 27, 2009 at 16:15

      Thanks Manoj.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Facebook
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
RSS