Pattu is excited but still a bit scared of crackers. I think she’ll stay indoors and we’ll do with a few sparklers and flower pots as usual.
MIL has made some yummy snacks and the deepavali lehiyam is cooking as I type. I used to hate this as a child but I quite like it now, in fact more than the sweets and snacks.
I was talking to Apu yesterday and we were discussing how Deepavali was so different when we were young. The early morning oil bath, who’s first to break the dawn with ‘saram vedi’ (crackers), new dress, bakshanam that was made at home (sweets and snacks), lehiyam and discuss how many burst atom bombs (one of the expensive crackers) and how some were fortunate enough to have two new dresses for deepavali. Budgets for crackers were fixed and we used to ration our stock to last till the night. I used to show off by lighting kuruvi vedi and oosi vedi with my hands (and delight that some boys didn’t dare to do that).
All these were novelty at that time.Today, the new clothes and bakshanam are no longer exciting as they are available round the year. Wonder what Deepavali stands for the kids of today… Pattu is too small, so I can’t really tell. What probably excites her is that we are all at home with her and there’s something special happening…
So, what’s your Deepavali story?