Sunday, October 26, 2008

Diwali



Then...
The red ghagra-choli that Ma bought for me from 'Gariahat'
Baba and me with firecrackers
Ma lighting diyas in the balcony
Didi laughing with her friends in her room…
Relatives at home
Laddus from Haldiram’s
The small yellow lights on the ‘krishnachura’ tree…
‘Para’ friends calling out my name
‘Tubri’ show in the playground opposite our house
Friendly neighbors bringing in sweets and cheer…
Pouring ghee in the diyas in the middle of the night...

Now...
Sitting in office in my grey blazer…
Maybe Baba is watching from somewhere…
Is Ma lighting a diya today? Does she remember it’s Diwali?
Didi in office too…probably in her grey blazer
Relatives far away and distant…some dead
Boiled veggies for lunch…some packaged food for dinner
Some strange trees…the names unknown
Few friends…some acquaintances…many strangers around
I will light a lavender-scented candle tonight…
And wait for some magic….
Perhaps a whiff of ghee…from somewhere…

7 comments:

Debanjana said...

this is awesome stuff...made me homesick as well...and yearn for old times....

spiderman! said...

chaap e chili ? mon kharap ?

Scribbler :) said...

Hyan ektu mon kharap chilo bote :(

Ashmi said...

beautiful imagery and play of words in the post.....true its strange how times and situations change over years

Blahsfemmy said...

Loved this and many other posts!

Will have to thank Dee (Debanjana)to send me to your blog!


Cheers!

shalini's world said...

there is something in the write up that made me....i dnt knw what. Does she remember its diwali today?... about ma. :) that's the line i got stuck on to.

Lincoln said...

Very touching