An Ice-Cold Delhi

Winter is on its way. Or so it seems. Mornings are now foggier – or smoggier – and it gets dark before Dad gets to come from work. But more than these weather-symptoms, I get vibes of winter from more human sources. Quite interesting, if you know what I mean.

People are vacationing on Diwali. Going out of town to the beach and the hills with their house left behind in the dark. With no lamps or lights or glitter on the walls. Sometimes, with a housemate or so – often elderly- Β left behind with the other darkness. And I used to think Diwali is about decorating your house together and gobbling down sweets with silver paper on them.

Televisions, mobile phones and cars are being bought. The newest varieties, the most happening brands. On the sly, houses are also being sold. The ones your parents had put together with a penny collected a day. All for a fancy flat in an uptown area, possibly with no accommodation for the former house owners.

Youngsters hang around in beer bars, discotheques and shopping malls. Lost to the world outside the glass bubble. They return home all “high” and mighty, lighter on all accounts – including the cash. The concerned parties are hushed up and asked to get inside quilts before the cold wave could come in through the window. But it already did.

Whatever happened to “happy family” moments that we grew up relishing? When they are missing, all I see is jazz. And for jazz, I never did acquire an ear. Festivals for me are still about family. Together, we light lamps, set up streamers, make a rangoli. We devour milk cakes and rasmalai, gaze at the firecrackers in the sky and I never gather the courage to light some of my own. We pray to Ganpati Bappa and wish for health, happiness and laughter.

Delhi is getting cold. This Diwali, I hope the lights warm up some of the hearts which have forgotten how special it is to love and be loved by their family.

P&P wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali!

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30 thoughts on “An Ice-Cold Delhi

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  3. We are alone this Diwali…. as in, its just hubby and me, none of the extended family. We cannot travel to go see parents in Delhi (no leave). We have few relatives in the same city as ours, and the ones who are there are themselves travelling. So the whole point of Diwali is to celebrate it with near and dear ones….. which is missing this time. So this time it’s going to be a quiet Diwali at home. Some people suggested why don’t we take a holiday to some place nearby? I didn’t because I felt that the house should be lip up during Diwali, not left in the darkness….. that’s the idea atleast.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Ashwathy. Somehow I don’t like the idea of leaving the house lonely and dark this time of the year either. Have a good festive season, A.
      This time I am lucky to be around family and look forward to the celebrations tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  4. Come to UK debs, I promise you diwali with all the family.. No going to pubs , no going out, everyone getting togather at one place and then Dhoom Dhadaak.. boooom πŸ™‚

    yes we are losing he charm of being with family as everyone has their own idea.. But I still beleive in that old way .. when me and family would all celebrate together .. Sadly family wont be together as we are all sort of on different continents now .. living our lives .. But still who ever are close will be together ..

    • Dhoom dhadak boom sounds super, Bikram! πŸ˜€ Celebrating with family and friends is what we have grown up believing festivals are about. Like you, I still believe in that old way as well. Whenever we can, its good to steal a chance and be together with the ones who genuinely care about you. As opposed to people who tag along for reasons of their own.
      Have a super Diwali, Bikram. πŸ˜€

  5. We don’t celebrate Diwali * I know I know * So except the long vacation which I get, I have no memories related to Diwali.
    Oh wait I have one memory.As we study about Diwali in our text books,my brother and I insisted that we should be celebrating Diwali at home. Parents were reluctant but finally they came in our way. Prasun and I bought diyas and lit our house and that became the talk of the town next day. Neighbors started asking why we are lighting lamps.And that was the first and last Diwali we celebrated.

    Have a great Diwali Jeeju and Debo πŸ™‚ muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

    • Wow.That sounds super, Bhavia. So you managed to celebrate Diwali even in a town that is not big on it. How cool is that! Come along to Delhi someday. We will celebrate Diwali together! πŸ˜€

      Thanks a big ton for the lovely wishes. A truck load of goodies [any mithaai and namkeen that you fancy] coming your way from R and my side. Have a wonderful time! πŸ˜€

  6. agree! festival times are definitely about bonding with family, laughng over previous festival goof=ups, gorging on yummy food, pulling legs, hair, etc of cousins…oh..good old days!

    i guess it all ends with people of our age…cousins/neices/nephews younger to me by over 8-10 years don’t even care about any of this! 😦

    • Yummy food… sigh! There’s nowhere like home when you need a constant supply of that! πŸ˜€
      I think you have nailed it, Priya. However, lets try and keep up the festivities at least in our hearts. In this world crunched for time, there’s no dearth of the joy that a little Diwali lamp can bring. πŸ™‚

  7. It’s getting quite cold for Diwali, but maybe that’s cause Diwali is pretty late this year. I have to agree celebrations and festivities have changed form and it’s more about us and technology than about family get-together and pure fun.

    Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali πŸ˜€

    • Yep. Winter – the real one – has made an early onset this year. It gets dark by 6! You are right, ME. Festivities have changed in manner… lets hope they remain ‘communal’ at least in spirit.
      Wish you a very happy Diwali as well..!! πŸ˜€

    • Yes. People are getting more – individualistic? Maybe not quite. But family sizes are definitely shrinking and material wealth is taking the limelight over so much else.

  8. Diwali and the rest of the year is when I miss my Delhi the most! Just so love this time of the year! One can feel so much of fun and frolic in the air around this time πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful festive season, D πŸ™‚
    Happy Diwali to you and your family πŸ™‚

    • Totally, Deeps. Diwali time must be Delhi time. It is so wonderful to be here at this time of the year, in the heart of all the masti. πŸ˜€
      You too, Deeps. Have a superb festive season and may God bless you. πŸ™‚

  9. for me also, for that matter just not diwali, but any festival or b’days its staying with family.. taking head bath in morning, wearing new/nice cloths, giving away sweets to neighbors, putting nice rangoli the previous night, and enjoying TV programs with family, laughing together and busting crackers together. good old days..

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