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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Left Hand vs. Right Hand on the eve of Karva Chauth

  • Karva Chauth became a buzz word on Twitter leaving most of the members clueless.
  • Times of India states while the North Indian females were busy preparing for the festival, it was fun to see the rest of the world's reaction to Karva Chauth. There were curious queries from clueless people.
  • One of the sites says 'Nowadays, Karva Chauth is more of fun than a serious festival.'
  • The other site claims to have discussed all the details of this auspicious occasion. The only point it missed was the reason behind it.

Anyway, I am not interested in the media reports (for the first time) because I have my own story to share.

After watching Mom observing fast on Karva Chauth for years and the numerous scenes in movies, it was finally my chance to be a part of it. Keeping the fast, getting all decked up, preparing delicacies, performing the Puja, waiting for the moon, the chhalni (sieve) part  and finally... eating :) It was my turn to feel the excitement as well as hunger and thirst; the former being more prominent and dominant.

The preparations started a couple of days in advance especially with the Mehendi/Henna application. After doing it for a friend of mine, it was my turn. I knew that it would be difficult to put it on my right hand but I started off with the Henna cone in my left hand. This is what the design on my right hand looked like.

After seeing this, the right hand knew that it would have to put up a brilliant show to save some grace. The poor fellow thought and thought and thought and decided to cover the entire forearm to show his talent. The following is the picture of right hand's efforts.

Help me to decide which one is better!!

The excitement was not limited to Henna... it was at the zenith all day long. I was waiting for this day to get dressed up in the best of dresses, jewelery, makeup :) :)

The best was reserved for the last... the Puja. I have no idea why the females are supposed to see the moon and the husband's face though a sieve but to tell you the truth, I really liked it :) It was filmy indeed but a pleasure!!

About the fast... it is not difficult at all. Though, we got a bit restless during the last one hour with food waiting on the table and clouds hiding the moon, the rest of the day was pretty good.

Love Sanket for fasting with me (and for a zillion other reasons). It's not that I wanted him to refrain from food (and more importantly fluids) just because I was fasting for him but... it feels good :)

A note for all those who fast with their wives... Kudos guys!! and for those who don't... try it once, your wife would be a lot happier, trust me!!

P.S.-The driving force was only and only OUR love!! 

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Last One Month!!


I have been away from blogging for a month.. wow.. that's a pretty long time but the question is.. what has kept me busy all this while... hmmm.. let me think!! Well.. a couple of things. like

  • A fun-filled fortnight with family, which includes my one-month old nephew :) The bad part is... when I came back, the house was in a mess. My husband says that he missed me so much that he did not feel like doing 'anything'... haaa!!
  • A painting... yup... only one. I agree, a-painting-a-month is not good stats but sadly that is what my graph is like these days. The good part is... the 'Along the Reflections' series is complete. 
  • Cleared the written stage of the Driver's License Test. I know... it's not all that big but I am thru and glad about it. The difficult part is.. Skill Test to follow... pheewww!!
  • Enjoyed and still enjoying the changing weather. Temperature falling to almost 36 degree Fahrenheit at night. The exciting part is... the changing colors of Fall... yaayy!!
  • Lost my camera :(  Sanket got a new one with more features :D
  • Took a break from kitchen for a couple of days. The interesting part is...on all the other days I did loads and loads of cooking... from Chicken curry, Shahi Paneer and Chhole to Dahi Wada and Samosas.
  • Made some new friends. The fun part is the Family Picnic, Satsang and a Trip to Gull Meadow Farms for Apple Picking. 
  • Had so many birthdays in the family, which includes my Grandfather's 90th :) !!
The days that have gone by have left behind a bag full of memories and hard disc full of pictures :)

A couple of pictures from my series on 'Reflection'. Details to follow. The other two paintings can be seen in the earlier posts.