Hey how’s it going??
You guys having fun?? Winter’s here and I LOVE winter!!
So its Diwali!!
This is basically what happens in Diwali 😉
Ok not to be a kill joy.
I love watching people burst a lot of crackers……but myself like to spend it on pizza 😉
And also not cause noise and air pollution.
Besides the world is going through recession. Its a global financial crisis. The biggest problem is the government in most countries don’t have enough money in hand. So the enormous amount of money the whole country spend in these few days, can be used in better purpose.
Burn crackers but less.
But I love this whole enthusiasm of Diwali. Lights, crackers, noise, fun, and excitement filled up the air. Along with some delightful food!!
So I did something creative this time.
Its a herbal dye to draw designs on hand.
Diwali is the season of Mehendi!! 😀 😀
Did it myself.
Because I was getting bored at home.
But there’re many professional mehendi artists who do it with a lot of fineness.
I’m not much talented with hand works……but yeah it was fun doing it after a long time.
I used to draw a lot on my hand with pen during school days.
My friends too used to also come over to get their hands doodled.
And couple of times I also exhibited my art on walls and bedcovers…….mom wasn’t too happy 😉 :p
So Diwali has been celebrated for last 5000 years.
Like every festival it also got a story to it.
Ramayana is an epic consisting of 24,000 verses. Its in a way a record of ancient history of the country.
So there was a king. His queen had a baby, named him Ram.
Ram was a very decent and an extremely sober boy. He was also a very skilled warrior.
King again remarried 2 times. But 2nd queen was evil and wanted her own son to be king.
So she blackmailed the king through a hunger stike, ‘Exile your son to the forest for 14 years.’
Ram was sent on exile for 14 years. But his wife Sita too went with him. And Ram’s younger step brother Lakshman loved him a lot so he too left palace and went with them.
In the 14 years the sages helped them to stay alive in the forest.
Meanwhile a girl has a crush on Lakshman and wanted to marry him. But something happens…..he had tremendously insulted her in some way…..no one knows how exactly, basically he did something he shouldn’t have done.
So girl goes back to her brother, Raavan. He was a very big king of South India, technically Sri Lanka as at that time India and Lanka was connected.
Raavan’s kingdom was a very advanced and well governed. Probably one of the most technologically developed with a lot of strictly implemented rules.
To avenge his sister’s insult, he kidnapped Sita, Ram’s wife.
But its said that he treated her with outmost respect and gentleness.
Because his war was with Lakshman and Ram, not with Sita.
He had asked Sita’s permission to marry her but Sita had refused.
And he never forced her.
Ram had to bring back his wife.
He waged a huge war.
Hamunan with his huge troop assisted him the most.
He was half monkey and half human.
That might sound impossible but maybe, he was a ‘Missing Link’.
That is, the species that got stuck between the evolutionary process and couldn’t make the transition from ape to human.
Infact something like the ancestors of Yeti.
So war began.
Laxman killed Raavan’s son, Meghnad in the most treacherous way because they knew they couldn’t win in any other way as
Meghnad was an extremely skilled warrior.
Its said that he had something like a plane gifted to him by the gods so he could fight from behind the clouds.
But Laxman killed him from behind when Meghnad was weaponless.
It was an extremely sad death.
But as they say, everything is fair in love and war.
Raavan’s own brother rattled him out to Ram in greed of the throne. Raavan was a very brave and skilled warrior. It was very difficult to kill him.
But Ram prayed to devi Durga and got her blessings. Durga was one of the finest warriors.
And with her help won the war. Raavan was killed.
The day when Ram returned back with Sita is celebrated as Diwali.
The whole kingdom was decorated in lights.
Ram was made the king.
But there’s always a twist.
Basically Ram was a 16 year old boy when he was sent on exile. He spent his whole life in the forest. His parents didn’t care for him. He was advised ( controlled would be a better word) by the sages and the ministers.
He always tried to please everyone and thus got easily manipulated.
So the ministers manipulated him. They didn’t want him to have an heir.
And brain washed him,
‘Sita spent nights with another man. Throw her out of the kingdom!!’
And thus Sita went away.
After so many wars, so much trouble and injustice, Sita was finally brought home only to be abandoned.
Its just soooooo weird!!
What even if something happened. Its not like she had eloped with Raavan.
Ram is considered to be the greatest king of the country and even worshipped.
And Raavan to be the biggest villain.
Because that’s how it was projected.
But its not the case.
And with passing days, these old historical tales are being analysed more rationally and more people are turning ‘Team Raavan’.
Who would want such an ‘un-husbandly’ husband like Ram.
Atleast in this generation, the youth don’t consider Ram to be the greatest.
Ram was probably a very soft spoken and gently guy. Whereas Raavan was a hard core no nonsense king.
So Ram was a favourite as he was easy to manipulate.
Anyways, Sita had a set of twins and named them Luv Kush.
They were also very skilled archers like Ram from a very early age.
And also looked to much like Ram.
So there was no doubt Ram was the father.
Luv Kush were brought back to Palace.
Ram requested Sita to return back as well.
But Ram still wanted proof about her character.
This happened a couple of times till Sita went away for ever.
That’s obvious, who would want to return back to such an unsupportive husband.
And Sita has been portrayed as a very strong and honest character. Inspite of being a princess she had left all luxury to live with Ram in the forest in all hardships. But then Ram was so cruel to her.
Basically I feel that the conspiracy regarding the throne was still going on.
And in the end, the ministers again conspired and somehow made Ram and Lakshman walk into a river.
Generally that would mean death, but no one knows the exact facts.
Later the evil queen’s son became the king.
Ramayana is considered to be a book of moral studies.
Kids are taught to be like Ram, honest, just and gentle.
Ramayana does have a lot of morals but sometimes they are wrongly interpreted.
The biggest moral is ‘You can’t afford to get manipulated.’
Not being aware of your surroundings is also a sin.
Its your responsibility to save your back.
You can’t always think that wow you’ve been such a good person always helping others but why do bad things keep happening to you.
Staying aware and alert is also one of the biggest lesson of life.
So that’s most of it about Ramayana.
Its actually a very educative book.
You guys wanna know how I spent my Diwali??
Yeahh……no matter how much I love the excitement of Diwali, didn’t get to do anything this year, not even a single cracker.
Was home all day, buried in books.
Had some delicious food and……. diwali over!!
We have zillions of exams coming up veryyyy soon.
Still had made some plans with friends.
But it got cancelled in the end.
Anyways, seeing me spend the whole day in my shorts mom said, ‘Its a festive day!! Atleast wear a skirt today!!’
I spend my life in shorts and tracks.
And on college morning I go looking around the house for a jeans.
So dressing up means wearing skirts, frocks and gowns!!
I love gowns btw 😉 😉
Infact few days back on one such college morning mom came to my room, opened the cupboard and started throwing clothes in the floor.
‘Shirts, skirts, t-shirts. Leggings, jeggings, Jackets. Frocks, tunics, gowns. And this victorian hat!! On which auspicious day are you finally planning to were all these huh??
Everyday wearing those jeans!!’
I study till late. So I wake up late. And in the mornings I don’t have time to mix and match chic dresses.
Besides jeans are real comfy!!
‘Wear something from these and come down. And don’t forget to clean the floor.’ Mom walked out of the room saying this.
So I was supposed to dress up. I did dress up. I wore salwar kameez to college that day 😉
The most ethnic dress 😉
But mom was only too glad.
She went to the extent of making me wear a small piece of jewellery.
Now I don’t like wearing jewellery!!
No matter how pure or unreactive the jewellery is, can’t wear it for long.
Though I don’t get rashes, but it feels very breathless, my body temperature literally increases and I feel sick.
But I love big bling dangling earrings…..as long as I get to keep them back in the box soon.
Coming back to diwali, I was too tired and bored.
Wasn’t feeling like glam-ing up.
Wasting energy to get up and then dress up then again change back to shorts and also fold the dresses to keep them back in the cupboard or mom will start shouting………..
Nope thank you, I’m good in shorts.
Besides only people to see me wearing pretty clothes would be my parents and the women who work at our house.
So yeah better allocation of energy would be to spend time in my blog!!
My house is located very near the park.
All the cultural programmes are going on here.
Loud music bursting through my windows!!!!!!!
Some big shot ruling party politicians are our neighbors. And Some losing party politicians are also our neighbors :p :p And apparently everyone is best friends and bursting high decibel crackers together 😉
Its bad enough that I’ve to study.
And they wouldn’t even let me do that!! 😉
But yeah I’m still enjoying every bit of Diwali…..you don’t have to always dress up to enjoy.
Sometimes it about taking in the festivities with close ones along with some good food!! 😀
Pure South Indian Dosa wrapped in banana leaf served in quintessential stainless steel plate.
Along with north indian aloo paratha with curd and pickles.
And paneer polao with palak paneer!!
Sorry polao not in this pic as I ate it before I could click it!! 😉
My Indian friends can probably understand how odd food combination this is but that’s how I love it!! Haha 😉
Btw my blogger friends were asking for some contact id as I go MIA from blog for longggg times.
And its again gonna happen as exams starting soon!!
So here’s my email id. You guys can mail me to see if I’m still alive amidst the exam pressure 😉
Wishing all of you a very good health, peace and enjoyment in life.
Lots of love and best wishes for days ahead.
See you guys again on Christmas 🙂