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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

BRAIN JAM

A writer's block we've heard of!! But a blogger's block? What's that?? Well....When bloggers like me, who have nothing earth shattering to write about, who just blabber away whatever comes to mind, who love indulging their latest whim of blogging, are at a loss of things to say, that is, I guess, a BLOGGERS' BLOCK!! The problem is I want to blog but my grey cells up there arent co-operating...hence bear with me..indulge me please!!!!

Life has been terribly boring of late. Well, not quite. Friday - Saturday were quite different - exciting, if I may say so. Saturday was spent celebrating
Saraswati Puja and especially AD’s ‘Haathe Khori’ or formal initiation into education with the blessings of the Goddess of Learning. Friday evening was spent in doing the preparation and groundwork for the religious fervour we were subjected to the next day.
Realisation dawned on me that I was growing old. How else could I explain, why all of a sudden I had become such a sucker for tradition and ritual!! Agreed, I never was an atheist or the ridiculously rebellious kind. But I don’t remember being a stickler for the intricate rituals associated with our Pujas and Prasad preparations. In the past I was quite happy being the onlooker. Was it the parenting bug within me which was making me do all this under its spell? Just to ensure that AD grows up with bits and pieces of tradition....who knows?

Well, all went well...except the fact that the three hour long puja ritual during which it was mandatory to sit on the floor cross-legged left my legs and feet numb and subsequently aching! Another proof of my advancing years!!!

Though winter was conspicuous by its total absence from this city, at least the last few months were pleasant. With February just having begun, one would expect a few more weeks of pleasant evenings. But Global Warming or sheer callousness of the weather Gods, whichever way one looks at it, Summer has set in!! Fans and Air-conditioners have begun their round the clock duties!!
Wonder if this trailer to the scorching summer months ahead, has anything to do with my dysfunctional brain cells!!

8 comments:

lizspin said...

Traditions and rituals are comforting. . .and, yes, it's one way of getting your children grounded in this crazy, mix-up world.

Pearl said...

I envy cultures/societies with traditions. As a US citizen, well, we may be a melting pot, but we've got no particular flavor...
Pearl

SGD said...

@Pearl...
Though a cliche, we Indians probably truly represent the 'Unity in Diversity' terminology. Multiple states, numerous languages & local dialects, customs & traditions so varied and unique that it's a wonder how we manage to live as a cohesive nation.
We have our problems...countless..sometimes because of the multi-ethnicity, multi-lingustic, multi-cultural nature of our nation. Most are politically motivated and the common man gets dragged into it.
US, is a melting pot on a global scale. But I guess, the unique flavours of each individual segment of people are smoothened out by an acquired uniformity...

Thanks for stopping by...

SGD said...

@Lizspin...
You're right...the world today is so fast paced that before we know I kids are all grown up...with so many good and bad influences to shape his/her personality.
The traditions and rituals are the probably the only link to the gradually diminishing influence of our basic roots.
I love your blog...you make every mundane activity sound so funny..
:)

HR said...

Well, it seems that in nutshell the author is plagued with the thoughts of ageing. In one of the paras she has mentioned that perhaps her inclination towards religious manifestation is the outcome of the growing age. She need not worry, she is roving around mid thirties, she is still left with lot many years to enjoy the vivacity of young life. How does it matter if a person is getting old? It is absolutely true that each one of us will become old one day. I consider getting old is nothing but becoming more matured in general terms. Someone is going to loose the charm of virility, youthful alacrity, limitless laughter, unfettered joy, silky shiny black hair, tightening of skin and so on but will gain composure, intellectual poise, maturity, decision making capability, wisdom and so on. Hence it is only a change in the phase of life where everybody is a winner. In early days the concept of unified family was prevalent in India. It is still existing in some parts of the country. Such families are headed by the oldest member and his or her decision on any matter is considered to be the final verdict. In business families the training imparted by the seniors are stringently followed by youngsters to become tycoons of future. The youngsters have high regard for the seniors in the family.
Exceptions are always there, may be, in good numbers.
This was my way of looking at the subject of ageing and I made a simple attempt to put forth my views without hurting sentiments of others.
I encourage the author to write more on such off-beat subjects where people like us can offer their views.
Keep it up......

AKC said...

Traditions are what keeps us from going haywire!
I miss celebrating saraswati puja...nice post

SGD said...

@HR!
My next post is dedicated to you!!!! :)

SGD said...

@AKX...Very True!!
Thanks for stopping by..