It was a morning that sniffed of the beginnings of winter…. a slight breeze, a fuzzy chill and a slightly hidden sun with the smell of last nights’ firecrackers still residual in the air and sounds of more being burst! It had all the trappings of a wonderful Diwali morning… complete with smells of home made sweets wafting to the roof!
And then there was me… another Diwali at a home away from home…. the morning found me making a rangoli and getting my diyas in order and then heading out to the Gurudwara. Turns out I had the rangoli contract and ended up making three including one for the first floor neighbour while she dealt with a bratty kid! 🙂
And then after all was done and a matka had been bought to soak genda phool in (what’s diwali without genda no? since childhood there has been an exuberance of genda’s in the house on diwali day and well.. the blue and pink barsaati was then given a touch of orange!) it was time to make some sooji ka halwa! It was also a promise to give the matke wale didi some of the halwa… It’s hard to turn down someone when you wish them Happy Diwali and they look at you with forlorn eyes which say if I manage my food today I will be blessed… sweets are a faraway thought…! So post the halwa making and a pooja at home complete with the ghee ke diye and the kesar ka teeka it was time to make a rendezvous back to the matke wali didi and deliver the promised halwa! 🙂 These are the simple things in life that touch your heart… she left her cooking and hugged me.. showed me her little puja place in her tented house on the footpath and then gave me many a blessings for doing well in life forever and ever. I wished her a happy diwali, played with her kid and the dog and the cat for a while and then made my way to the extended family.
The extended family now has always been a source of infinite joy and is willing to celebrate at the drop of a hat… aur fir aaj to diwali thi! 🙂 And what more do you need than friends, food (the best aloo tamatar poori ever), music, some dance, cards, lots of rassi bombs, tequila and conversations!
And it felt nice… it felt nice to have been able to share a tiny part of this joy with the matke wali didi on a perfect wintry morning.