Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Though I have been posting blogs earlier this year, they have all been recycled from that other place…this one would be technically a true blue 2005 blog…

The New Year crawled upon us unnoticed…our colony usually has some kind of gettogether for the New Year…this year everything was silent…Only Tsunami loomed large, like an invisible presence…Tsunami hovered behind every thought, every word, every deed… clothes, pulses and cereals were collected, sorted and dispatched…heard that at some places the clothes were rejected…and in some places the parcel were diverted to undeserving quarters???…Pictures come back in every other magazine…each vying in its stark tragic element..to the point one gets used to the gravity of the disaster…

January sped by in a cycle of flu, coughs and fevers…one after the other…and in between, Pongal came and went, a very dear friend from my youth came to visit with family…and it was like a trip back into the Past…as we talked into the night- it was like we were back in our rooms in our hostel…the laughter, the mischief…and we caught up… As she talked to me, I would gaze into her eyes- it still held the same glint…she talked the same way, her mannerisms were same…and I cant express the feeling as I tried to superimpose the present image with that of the past…it was not a search for anything…it was just a kind of reaffirming…
indeed so much has happened to each of us in our respective lives…surely we are different from what we used to be then…and ye there were these pieces of us that remained unchanged through out..and during the 2 days she was with us, we took out those unchanged pieces, brushed the dust of, and the glitter was back…and then they left…each of us back into our present..

And then in total contrast to the silent beginning, January ended in a flurry of festivities…our colony was celebrating the Radha Kalyanam. The preparations began much earlier…there had been Nagara Sangeerthanam during the entire Margazhi month- one would wake up to the strains of bhajans..it ended with the “Unjhavrutthi”..
The wedding Day was to be January 30th..there were concerts on the previous days…one day a small boy played the flute- it was enchanting…there was Sampradaya Ashtapathi Bhajan by a professional troupe…they sang mesmerisingly- The celebrations went on into the wee hours of the morning…It was a wonderful experience...the singers sang so well...there was dancing...a little boy joined in and his sense of rhythm was perfect- and the atmosphere was so thrilling, moving…and yes let me not forget to mention the prasadam was delicious…

and by 30th evening all the colony residents were bone tired..everyone had helped in some way or the other...it was a memorable experience...

4 comments:

Akhil said...

Hmm, Delayed wishes for the New Year! Would have been a tough job to recycle the past, I still have some scribbled papers of December and I dont think I will be patient enough like you to type all that at my blog.

Coming to Tsunami????huh, only god knows how many parents lost their children, and how many children are still running homeless. :(

Akruti said...

Hmm,so now comes the real u as on today:) doen with past musing ardra! ! good good,and me so happy to see a fresh post here and ya,u r right abt nagarasankeerthanam,radhakalyanam and cold and cough,huh,plz i am scared of these two words now:))

Kishna said...

Hi Ardra,
I am really sorry for not visiting your blog earlier. I am caught with a lot of work and hence I was not able to browse a lot. First of all Belated New Year wishes,
and yeah...Tsunami did have a great impact on the lives of millions. Even the ones not affected directly are haunted by stories from frnds and relatives.. Somehow, the sea doesnt look the same now.
And as put by you, life is certainly returning to normal. But I guess the 'T' word will haunt everyone for a long time to come

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