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Friday, October 20, 2006

Festival of Lights

Deepavali - Over the years

  • 15 years back!

Months of preparation go into planning how to be the dada in our street. Dada refers to the household which sets off (rather sets on) the biggest sara vedi in the street. The three of us (with Yours Truly being the youngest), will make diligent plans and we would even forgo spending on rasna after cricket matches and save for this cracker-burst. "Kaasa kari aakkaradhu" ku literal meaning na idhu than, but then I was too young to realise that :) Ippdi vayathula eera thuniya kaaya pottu, save panni, added to that amma's contribution, appa's contribution, appa side thatha-paati contribution, amma side paati contribution elaam senthu oru 400rs. varum. Andha 400-a eppdi ideal-a spend panradhu, edhu edhu thevai, edhu venaam, ellaraiyum thrupthi pada vekkaraa maadhiri oru prelim-list pottuduvom.(alliance-la seat pirikkaradha vida idhu kashtamaana kaariyam).Intha 400rs dabbu vachundu thaatha velai panra office manager kittenthu recommendation letter ellaam vaangindu avaroda oru thoorathu second cousin vachu irukkura cracker shop la poi shop panni, rendu anna's um veetuku vanthaa, deepavali a vida ellaaroda faces-um brightly lit aa irukum..

Adutha naal- oru 430am ku ezhunthu ennai thechu kulichu ganga snaanam mudichu (madras-la thanni vardhe periya visheyam, idhula gangaa-vera... romba thaan over - aana onnu idhe clever-aa oru company Lifebuoy soap-a, Ganga Soap nu peru maathi vikka aaramichutaan), vaanathai pola brothers- maadhiri pudhu thuni ellam pottundu oru 2 hours vedikkai, konjam crackers burst panni kondaadaradhu. Over- enthula neraiyavum vedikka koodadhu, aporama night- paraak paaka vendiyadhu thaan...

Then we used to go visit my father's side relatives - cousins-gumbaloda konjam avanga pattaasaiyum vedichu. And those streets were very small - oru lakshmi- vediyo, kuruvi-vediyo vachaa, antha pakkam pora cycle/motorbike ellaaraiyum niruthi vachuduvom... If it had rained in the night, paadhi crackers bussu thaan...paper-kaaran-a oru 30 seconds wait panna vachuttu - "Sorry sir, bussu" nu solra sugame alaadhi thaan :-)

And the reason of going to dad's side relatives first is - so u can wind up faster and spend more time in mom's side veedu. Does anyone else think the same - That somehow I always feel closer to Amma's side relatives than Appa's side relatives. Dont know why, even though I have cousins of my age only in my dad's side, still feel a lot closer to my amma's side relatives and cousins only!

Idhellaam mudichu - amma side paati veetuku ponaa - sooper timing, 930/10 aagi irukum. A cup of paayasam with Sirappu Oliyum Oliyum would follow. Apporama angeyum kari-aaki (vera enna kaasa-dhaan), madhyaanam lunch-um mudichukka vendiyadhu thaan.

Afternoon time pass kaagave antha bijili pattasu kandu pidichu irunthaanga nu ninaikiren. 100 single bijili's will be like 10rs. Aaluku oru packet eduthundu motta maadi ponaa, oru 3 hours pozhudhu pogum...

Apporama evening kalai-kattum, again back to Saram, rocket, hydrogen bomb, same - "sorry bussu", etc etc.. The best cracker that I liked when I was young was the double sound. Basically you hear one sound from the ground, and a piece of it flies high in the air and goes off there - adhula yaaroda vedi highest pochu-nu vera bet. And chinna paiyan-aa irukkaradhunaala "pavam kuzhanthai - avnaukum oru rocket kudunga da, avana bathirama paathukkonga" nu konjam over-gavanippu vera.

This was my typical deepavali when I was in middle school...
  • 7-8 years back:
College vanthaachu - main-a simran, manisha, poandra chappaathi maavu ponnunga tamizh cinema-la iruntha neram. SUN TV-la "First time in TV" - nnu, irukura ellaa artist-oda interview/songs etc irukum. Also, chinna vayasula iruntha enthu konjam kammiyaachu..(sari vayasaachu-nu othukaren), Hostel-la irunthathunaala deepavali-ku munadi naal thaan vetuku vanthu settle-aagi, next day-ve kilambara maadhiri irukum... antha kadi vera...
  • Recent years:
Its been the 6th straight year I am missing Deepavali at home, and luckily this time it falls on a weekend. Weekday vaa irunthaa romba sutham. Atleast this time, I am with my Anna's family - so konjam-aavathu antha feel varum...And as usual US ishtyle-la potluck, group games, senthu oru veetla lighting crackers etc...aporama veetuku vanthu sera vendiyadhu thaan...

But, whatever it is still the biggest festival in India and here is my warm wishes for you on deepavali.

Thalai-deepavali irukkaravanga- santhoshamaa irunga...
thalai-deepavali pass panni romba naalachu-naa safe-a irunga,
thalai-deepavali illaadha "Thani" deepavali kondaadaravanga, someone somewhere is there-nu ninachu console pannikkonga!

Alrite,
Friday adhuvuma oru 330pm ku escape aagalaamnu pathundu iruken...

ps: Kudukkara kaasu-ku sooper a irukura ore pattasu vantu "Paambu" thaan....
50 paise-ku uleenthu padam eduthunde irukum...and oru dabba-la oru 10 irukum...
Veedu naasthi aayidum aana...

18 Comments:

Blogger Shilpa said...

Hey Prabhu,

ur post brought back memories....we used to save money to buy crackes too :) It was so much fun....

Over the years I think the pollution awareness grew...I don't if kids these days hv as much as we did :)

LOL abt the Pambu pattasu in the end...i used to love it...and I liked even those flowerpots and ground chakras. Was terrified of Lakshmi vedi.

4:03 PM  
Blogger rajesh said...

deii..vetti..
ennadhaan perusaa blog ezhdhinaalum..adhe 2 times publish pannaaadhe daa..

happy diwali.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Subha said...

prabhu, happy diwali!!

4:23 PM  
Blogger dinesh said...

Pretty much the same routine at my place too...

"Sorry sir-bussu" was funny. I remember more paak kaarans than paper kaarans. Mathabadi same. But irukkaradhulaye dangerous - "Bussu-turned-potent" vedis. Always caught people by surprise ! And the surprise was mega thrilling.


Yeah, one side was always special-er to most of us than the other. Enakkum amma side dhaan..more because age group la pasanga irundhadhu naala.

And best value for money is not paambu da, I am sorry. Bijili beats it outright !

4:45 PM  
Blogger Syam said...

ippothaiku Wish you a happy diwali!!!

appurama vandhu post padikaren :-)

6:30 PM  
Blogger Archana said...

Happy Diwali to you too :-)!

Awesome post! I could relate to every bit of it - thanks for bringing back lots of wonderful memories :-)!

I used to love the "pambu" as well as the color matchsticks!

And I am a whole lot closer to my Dad's side of the family than my mom's. I guess it all depends on whom you spent more time with when you were younger :-)!

1:50 AM  
Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

Tht was awesome post! :)
Enjoyed reading :)

3:35 AM  
Blogger ashokla said...

dai en da ippadi nan deepavali blog podarathku munnadi ellarum podareenga :)

I was telling my friend how I escaped from a rocket that fell down and I had run for cover when the same thing happened yesterday and I had to jump and rocket buzzed below :)

4:41 AM  
Blogger Saranya Kishore said...

Appa, sooooper post. :--)
Esp the first part, middle school memories.
>>"Sorry sir, bussu"
ROTFL! :--))
Enna than US la Diwali kondadinalum India kalai varave varaadhu :--((

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prabhu..

sorry sir bussu dhan ulti..

Kottanguchi kulla bomb vechadhillaya?
Ipo ellam makkal ellam TV laye ukkandhidaranga.. adhan kadi...

-vv

9:09 AM  
Blogger kuttichuvaru said...

diwali mudinju 3 naal kazhichu intha post paarkkaren!! anyways, cud relate to most of it!! namma oorula diwali kondaadura sugame thani!!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Prabhu said...

Shilpa,
thalai deepavali ellam aacha?
scared of lakshmi-vedi aa?

annan parandhu parandhu vedippen adha...

rajesh,
mannichukko brether, thappa post pannittne..

subha,
nandri hai, u too! (post a padicha maadhiriye therillaiye..)
verum title mattum paathu comment pannitta..

5:16 PM  
Blogger Prabhu said...

dins,
bijili s equally fun and value for money thaan, but in 2nd/3rd paambu was the major hit.. and the elders believed, paambu pattasu will put off the mosquitoes..

syam,
happy deepavali ungalukkum, veetil ulla ellarukum..

archana,
thanq...its always one closer than the other, wonder why they r not equal!!

ponnarasi,
welcome here..
thanks, appuchiate..

ashok-la,
man! namba ellarume ore maadhiri posts than pottu irukkom...

5:31 PM  
Blogger Prabhu said...

SK,
thanks dude.
sathiyama - intha maadhiri occassions thaan makes me miss india most...

vv,
varuga after a long time...
and kottankoochi, i wanted to write, but maranthutten....yaa.. adhuvum try pani irukken, but most of the time it wont make an impact at all...

kutti,
nandri hai, unakum ennoda wishes...

5:32 PM  
Blogger mystery said...

hmm..wow that took me back to my days in madras.....ennoda friend inga pattas veddika try panni...yaaro 911 kooptutanga:|...thinking it was something else...it was jokes...

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashokla .. cha just missed ! hehe ..

Vasu

7:14 PM  
Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

hm. adutha post un thala deepavali ku dhaan poduva pola??
:D

11:20 AM  
Blogger Viji said...

hey... nice post. enga ponalum Deepavali post ah irukku... hmmmmmmm. seri, I dont want to become ur enemy by not asking this vital question... enna adutha varusham thalai deepavali ah? :D

4:28 AM  

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