Creating New

Turning the leaves of my album
I learnt
In a bid to walk with time
I created many new alliances
Irrigating with love & care.
Old relations were snapped
Few left us
Some bid adieu forever
Few were deliberate pull outs
Some dissolved in the air.


Initially,
I believed
I couldn’t walk in the absence 
Of the people
I started my life with.


Slowly
Got busy in chasing life
Without looking back.
New hands approached
Replacing old.
Old ones left silently
Snapping the strings.


Now
after walking miles & miles
I find myself
In a crowd of only new faces
Replacing the Old.
Firming my belief
It’s a part of life
Where you part with
Creating spaces for new.


None can deny
Time is the best healer
Time is the best teacher.



© Ila Varma 01/11/2015

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Thoughts Uncovered- IV

Life never stops,

Continues to flow in its own rhythm.

The Days of Joy Slips In

Gloomy Days Grips Us

The difference lies

In our perception.

© Ila Varma 31/10/2015

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the#Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Happy Halloween

                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California – Mezee Street)

        


             “Halloween
is an opportunity to be really creative.–Judy Gold”
Halloween
is celebrated on 31st October every year. Halloween is the modern
name of an ancient Celtic holiday, “Samhain”. Halloween has always been a
holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It is believed to be a
Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals.
Halloween is the oldest holidays celebrated in a number of countries around the
globe, it is famous in Christians. It is considered to be “The Day of the Dead,
which honors deceased loved ones and ancestors.”  It is designed to honor the departed soul
which is believed that they come down on this earth on the day of Halloween. It
is a time of celebration and superstition and is considered to be the day when
the deceased souls descend down on the earth and people decorate the altars to
the dead in their homes decorating them with candy’s, flowers, photographs,
samples of the deceased’s favorite foods & drinks and fresh water. Candles
& incense are burned with a belief that the souls are able to find their
way to home. It is said that on this day, the spirits of the dead come back to
earth in search of living bodies to possess for the next year and try to return
to the homes where they were living. So to appease these spirits, people offer
those fruits and nuts. If the spirits are not pleased, it is feared that the
spirits would kill the people or destroy their property.


There are many beliefs to it but all revolves around that the souls visits earth,
ghosts, witches etc. and to ward them off people burn bonfires. Halloween
costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires,
monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. People especially children
dress up in costumes of ghosts and witches and play pranks on each other. Black
and Orange are the famous color for this day. The Jack-o-lantern is the
festival light for Halloween. Pumpkin is a good substitute of the turnip, to be
used as Jack-o-lantern.

Trick-or-treating
is a traditional celebration for children on Halloween. Children in their
costume go from house to house, asking for treats, with a question, “Trick
or treat?” The word “trick” refers to a threat to trouble the
homeowners or their property if no treat is given. People generally give candy
to the children who come to their house.







            

Nowadays
many schools and churches arrange Halloween parties for the kids. People
usually have parties, wear Halloween costumes, do bonfires, tell and read scary
stories about witches, skeletons, bats and ghosts and also watch horror movies.

                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California – Mezee Street)

A
traditional food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can
be bought in stores or baked at home. A muslin-wrapped treat is baked inside
the cake that, it is said, can foretell the eater’s future. If a ring is found,
it means that the person will soon be wed; a piece of straw means that a
prosperous year is on its way. Children are also known to play tricks on their
neighbors, such as “knock-a-dolly,” a prank in which children knock on the
doors of their neighbors, but run away before the door is opened.

Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare
patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses.

The
kids enjoy the most indulging in playing pranks, partying, singing and dancing around
the bonfires and dressing in weird costumes creating scary scenes and now many
business make grand some in helping the people in the celebration and partying
of Halloween and even a sizable amount is spent on the scary costumes
especially designed for this day. The world has shrunk due to connectivity so
it is far spread in most of the Christian population.
“It’s
said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the
worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming
spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence,
considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on
Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” –Erin Morgenstern


WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HALLOWEEN DAY. 

ENJOY THE DAY FULL OF PRANKS

(Inputs from online web)

Happy Karwa Chauth

                                                           Image Source: Google

The festival of Karwa Chauth is
celebrated nine days before Deepawali, the festival of lights. According to the
Hindu calendar, it falls on the fourth day of the Karthik month (one of the
months of Hindu calendar). This festival is mostly observed by married Hindu
woman of the North India but due to globalization & it’s promotions on
daily soaps on idiot box, it has gained populace and it is been observed by
womenfolk of other places too. It’s no more confined to the homes of North
Indian folks.


This fast is observed for the welfare, longevity & well-being of their
husbands. It has cultural and social importance attached to it and it is observed
with gaiety and show. The best part is the dressing up in colorful red, maroon
or other bridal colors, heavy jewellery, adorning their hands & feet with
beautiful intricate designs of mehendi, colorful bangles along with the tedious
fast. The women have the weakness for heavy clothing and make up so it is one
of the best occasion to pamper themselves and allure their husbands with their
beauty and the male counterparts readily part with a good sum allowing their
wives to indulge in shopping spree of their choice. The womenfolk are the best
ones to indulge into it and they enjoy in the process. Nowadays, the role of beauty
salons and spa is also there in this festival season & they come up with
great offers and discounts and the ladies leaves no chance in over indulgence.

Even in markets, heavy sarees, cosmetics and jewellery in great designs in vogue are in display to allure the customers. The restaurants are gaining popularity in this festival as people throng with their families for the occasion, so they too gear up with special offers with specialties of dishes in high demand at exorbitant rates, so there is a commercialization of the festival too.
This festival is an expression of love. There is a tradition of gift in this festival by the husbands, mother-in-laws and the elders of the family. It is a golden chance to receive expensive gifts and items of indulgence, so married woman welcomes this festival with great fervor and enthusiasm and look forward for the gifts. The markets come up with special gifts catering the demands of each set of customers.



Sargi is one of the important
ritual of this fast in which the ladies prepare food before sunrise and eat before
sunrise. During the day, the ladies are in fast and in the evening when the
moon rises, it is worshipped and the enticing part is that the observers break
their fast with water their husbands offer after moon worship, this emotional
touch adds wonderful hues to it.




In daytime, after getting decked
up in colorful and bridal wears (newly wedded), the woman gather up in temples,
garden or at someone’s place with puja thali decorated with pious items. An
elderly lady narrates the story of the Karwa Chauth legend and the thali is
rotated in the group. It is more of fun and frolic associated with Karwa
Chauth.


In evening, the woman gather on
their roofs, balconies or ground and wait for the moon to rise in the sky and
they see the reflection of it in the water of the thali or through sieve or
through their dupattas and they offer water to the moon and seek blessings
praying for the well-being of their life partners and the husbands offer water
to their wives to break their fast.

In evenings, special vegetarian
dishes, sweets etc are made to relish with family and friends with great pomp
and show. Singing and dancing on the occasion are also one of the best thing of
this festival.
There are many legends or tales associated
with  its origin & significance of
Karwa Chauth.


  1.      The
Story of Satyavan & Savitri.
When Lord Yama came to fetch
Satyavan’s soul, savitri pleaded him to grant life. When he refused, she
stopped eating & drinking and followed Yama who carried her dead husband. Yama
asked her to ask some other boon except for the life of her husband. Savitri asked
to be blessed with and Yama agreed. Being a devoted wife, she wouldn’t allow
anyone except for her husband to touch her and Yama had to bow down and restore
the life of Satyavan.

   2.     
The Legend of Karwa
A
woman named Karva was deeply devoted to her husband. Her intense love and
dedication towards him gave her shakti (spiritual power). While bathing at a
river, her husband was caught by a crocodile. Karva bound the crocodile with a
cotton yarn and asked Yama (the god of death) to send the crocodile to hell.
Yama refused. Karva threatened to curse Yama and destroy him. Yama, afraid of
being cursed by Pati-vrat (devoted) wife, sent the crocodile to hell and
blessed Karva’s husband with long life. Karva and her husband enjoyed many
years of wedded bliss. To this day, Karva Chauth is celebrated with great faith
and belief.


It is a joyous occasion and the over indulgence adds beauty to
it and the silver screens has added more significance to this great festival.

Wish all the ladies, “A very happy, colorful and enjoyable Karwa
Chauth, pamper yourself in the best possible and enjoy the day to its fullest
amidst family and friends and a special day for the couples to strengthen their
bond in a circle of emotions with the strands of love”



( Information’s shared by my experiences and the facts have been validated by the online data on the web. The image source are the Google.)

When My Heart Kissed Your Soul!


She is the Angel
A special girl
Gifted by the Almighty
Heart winning smiles
Expressive eyes
Which conveys all
Without a touch of a word
A Lovely soul
Attracting all the passersby.
Emerged out of the womb
Idle & quiet
Without a feel or reaction
Of change
From darkness
To light
Lacking the power
Of recognition & feel.
The parents
The extended family
Concerns rose high
Finding her different
From the others
It raised suspicion
Spilling out
Numerous queries & reactions.
In distress & dismay
They searched for the savior
A Messiah to
Help her out
To be normal like all.
Reached all
Doctors
Saints
Bowing their heads
To each Durbar
Temples
Churches
Mosques
With a belief
She is cured.
It isn’t a disease
That medicines can cure
It’s an impairment
Congenital issue
The thing she has to carry
All her life.
All were dumb
To hear the declaration
The conclusion, the doctors drew
Asking Almighty
Why we were blessed
With a curse to a life.
Time passed
Years rolled by
All got attuned
To her lifestyle.
She is lucky
To have caring siblings
Never is she ignored
Even for a single second.
Her heart winning smiles
Her friendly winks
Befriends all.
She is cursed
To live a life 
of shortcomings
Parents
Siblings
Family & Well Wishers
Showers all the affections
She is the lucky charm of all.
 Indeed
A special child of God
We all are Blessed
To have Her around
Has Strewn All 
In One Single Thread.

© Ila Varma 29/10/2015  

This post is in honor of my special sister, who is a special child of God.

The Night Of Amrit Varsha: Sharad Purnima


Sharad
Purnima has its special importance in Hindu traditions. It is a harvest
festival celebrated on the full moon day of Ashwin (month in the Hindu
calendar), marking the end of Indian monsoon and the advent of the winter
season. It is one of the best weather of the year for the Indians, hot days and
cool nights. There are many rituals and traditions attached with this Purnima,
A full moon night. It is regarded as one of the auspicious days of Ashwin. On
this day, the earth and moon are very close to each other and it’s believed
that the rays of the moon have certain healing properties of nourishing the
body & the soul. The moon sprinkles its elixir (Amrit) over the earth
healing it in and out.
There
are different names for this special full moon night, Sharad Purnima, Kojaagari
Purnima, Kaumudi celebration. There are certain beliefs and customs associated
with this beautiful night of full moon and it’s celebrated in different ways in
different parts of India.
There
is a folk tale, Once  the king was in
great  financial crunch. The queen kept
the fast on this day and did not sleep the whole night and worshipped Goddess
Lakshmi, God of wealth and thereafter, they were blessed by the Goddess and
they regained their prosperity. In many parts of India, Goddess Lakshmi is
worshipped on this day.This night is spent in festivity playing different
games,singing songs sitting under the moonlight or keep themselves busy in
groups enjoying the night believing that Goddess Lakshmi visits at night and
will bless the people.
Even
there is a practice to make “Kheer” on this day garnished with dry fruits and
is kept under the moonlight and then consumed thereafter. Even Ayurveda
confirms this with a belief that the “Kheer“ bathed under the moon rays has
healing properties, hence many people consume Kheer after this Sharad Purnima
night, the rays are termed as “Amrit Barkha”(rain of nectar)
In
Maharashtra, it is celebrated as a harvest festival and milk and rice flakes
are drunk on this day.
The
people of Gujarat celebrate this day by indulging in Garba & Dandiya Raas.
It is believed that the Lord Krishna danced with his Gopi on the night of
Sharad Purnima.
In
Bengal, it is “Lakkhi Puja” and several bhogs are prepared to appease Mother
Goddess Lakshmi after Durga Puja. The Bengalis Durga Puja concludes with this
page.
In
Orissa, it is observed as Kumar Purnima, a belief follows that Kartikeya, son
of Lord Shiva was born on this day.
In
the Mithila region, the puja is known by the name of Kojagaraha. All the
household goods are cleaned and put out in the courtyard, prior to which, the
courtyard is cleaned and decorated with Alpana. The idols are used for worship
and an offering of paan, makhana, batasha and kheer is made. They are kept out
there overnight so that they are bathed in the pious “Sharad Purnima”
moonlight also known as “Amrit Barkha” (rain of nectar).
In
Vrindavan, the popular deity Lord Bihariji is decked with decorative on this
day, it’s also known as Raas Purnima. Millions of devotees from all over North
India throng to this place to have radiant Darshan of Bihariji, which is only
possible once a year.



Meditation
lovers gather on the shores of Ganges under the full moon to seek peace and
tranquility.
The moon, which looks bigger,
golden & ethereal on the night of Sharad Purnima is a beauty to watch, the
sight of which soothes our eyes. It’s a glory to watch the beautiful moon
gleaming behind the clouds, playing hide and seek.




Enjoy the few clicks of the moon on the night of Sharad
Purnima. It’s a romantic night for the people in love and the lovers would
enjoy the showers of moon elixir under the sky.









Clicks by Mobile camera on the eve of Sharad Purnima.

वादा अब्बू

“अब्बा-अब्बा” चीखती चिल्लाती अमीना मनसूर के कमरे में दाखिल हुई ।
“क्या बात है अमीना,सुबह सुबह इतना शोर शराबा क्यों?”
“मुझे आपसे एक बात पूछनी है, वादा करो, जो कहोगे,सच कहोगे।”
” अरी बात क्या है, सुबह-सुबह मुझे कटघरे में कयुँ पेश कर रही है। मैंने ऐसा क्या
किया है?”
“बोल दूँ, सोच लो बाद में मुझे कुछ न कहियो।”
“पहेलियाँ न बुझा, सीधे सीधे बोल।”
“बक्से में जो डायरी है,वह किसकी है?”
मनसुर के चेहरे का रंग अचानक से फीका पङ गया । अमीना कोने में ठिठक गयी।
“कैसी डायरी की बात कर रही है।” फूफी ने पूछी।
“मनसूर लङकी पर ध्यान दे, बङी हो रही है। कहीं ऊँच नीच न हो जाये।” फूफी बोल पङी। उनका ध्यान हर वक्त अमीना पर ही रहता ।
“बाजी, कोई बात नहीं, इसे तो मुझे परेशान करना अच्छा लगता है।” मनसूर ने बात को टाल दी।
अमीना को समझते देर न लगी कि कुछ बात तो है, उसके अब्बा फूफी की बहुत कद्र करते, आज उनकी बात को टाल गए।उसकी उत्सुकता और बढ गयी।
“क्या बात है, अब्बू।” अमीना ने मनसूर को टोका।
मनसूर ने उसे चुप रहने का इशारा किया।
———————————————————-
“चल खेत की तरफ, मैं वही आता हूँ।”
अमीना दपट्टा सर पर रख कर, कमरे से बाहर हुई ही थी , तभी फूफी की पूकार उसकी कानों में पङी।
“अमीना अमीना, कहाँ मर गयी?”
“आई फूफी।” कहते हुए अमीना फूफी के पास रसोई घर में पहुँची।
“अंगीठी पर चाय की पानी उबल रही है। जरा चाय बनाकर सबको दे आ।” अमीना के दिलो दिमाग में तो अंतरद्दंत चल रहा था, पर वह फूफी की बात टाल नहीं सकती। चाय बनाकर सबों को बाँट दिया।
“फूफी, मैं अब्बा के संग खेत पर जा रही हूँ। उनकी तबियत ठीक नहीं लग रही है। साथ के लिए जा रही हूँ।”
“ठीक है जा, पर देर न करियो।” फूफी की हिदायत की आदत से मेरी रग-रग वाकिफ थी। दौङती हुई मैं खेत पर पहूँची। अब्बू पगडंडी पर बैठे, सोच विचार में खोये हुए।
“अब्बू, क्या बात हुई। डायरी के नाम सुनते आप इतना उदास क्युँ हो गए।”
“अमीना, बात ही कुछ ऐसी है। यह दर्द सालों से मेरे अंदर दफन है। आज तुमने उस जख्म को कुरेद दिया।” मैं एकटक देखती रह गयी।
” यह बात बहुत पुरानी है। भारत-पाकिस्तान के बंटवारे की समय की बात है। करांची के पास के कस्बे में हम सब रहते थे। वही पर एक हिंदू परिवार भी रहता था। हमारी परिवार से काफी आना जाना था। वृंदा उनकी बेटी हमारी हमउम्र थी। हम दोनों साथ खेले बङे हुए। हमारे बीच में प्यार कब पनप गया, पता ही नहीं चला। भारत-पाकिस्तान के बंटवारे की घोषणा हुई और तय हुआ कि हिंदू परिवार को पाकिस्तान छोङना पङेगा। वृंदा का परिवार भारत जाने की तैयारी करने लगे। वे लोग भी खुश नहीं थे, पर मजबूरी थी। हम दोनों दिल लगा बैठे थे। इस अलगाव की बात से हम दोनों बेचैन थे। हमारा प्यार परवान चढ चुका था। अंदर ही अंदर हम सुलग रहे थे और एक दिन एकांत में हमारे कदम डगमगा गये और हम दोनों ने मर्यादा की सीमा लांघ ली। हमारी बेचैनी दिन प्रतिदिन बढती जा रही थी। वृंदा के परिवार वाले सीमा के उस पार चले गए। कुछ दिनों बाद वृंदा को पता चला कि वो माँ बनने वाली है। हम दोनों की गलती की सजा कहो या प्यार की निशानी। शुरू में तो उसने यह बात किसी को नहीं बतायी पर ज्यादा दिन छिप न सकी। घर परिवार को जब पता चला तो उसे बहुत मारा- दुतकारा गया और गर्भ गिरवाने की तैयारी की गयी। डाक्टरनी ने परिवार को समझाया कि वृंदा की जान का खतरा है। उसके परिवाले को वृंदा की परवाह नहीं थी। डाक्टरनी को वृंदा पर तरस आ गया, उसने उसको अपने घर पर पनाह दे दिया और वहीं पर वृंदा ने एक लङकी को जन्म दिया। वृंदा के कहने पर डाक्टरनी ने मुझे अपने घर पर बुलाया और बच्ची को मुझे सौंप दिया। वृंदा अपने घर चली गयी। उसके घर वाले उसकी भूल को माफ नही कर सके और उसे जलाकर मार डाला। मैं भी वृंदा के पास जाना चाहता था परन्तु हमारी निशानी हमारे पैर की बेङियाँ बन गयी।” अब्बू की सिसकियाँ तेज हो गयीं। लगा जैसै वर्षों से थमा सैलाब अपनी सीमा तोङ गया।

मैं भी गमगीन हो गयी।

“जानना चाहोगी वह लङकी कौन है, जिसे वृंदा ने जन्म दिया। अमीना, तुम हमारे प्यार की निशानी हो। वृंदा तुम्हारी माँ है। मैंने अपनी पूरी जिंदगी वृंदा के नाम और तुम्हारे लिए अकेले ही काटी। यह बात किसी को नहीं बताना नहीं तो तुम्हारा जीना दूभर हो जाएगा। घर परिवार में लोग जानते हैं कि तुम हमारे करीबी दोस्त की बेटी हो जो एक्सिडेंट में मारे गये। डायरी में जो तस्वीर है वो वृंदा की हैं। उन यादों और तुम्हारे साथ मेरी जिंदगी की डोर बँधी हुई है।” मैं ठगी सी अब्बू के दर्द को भाँपने की कोशिश कर रही थी।
” अमीना, इसकी जिक्र किसी से न करना ना ही कभी यह भूल दोहराना। वादा करो” अब्बू ने मुझसे कहा, आँखों में अनेक उम्मीद संजोए हुए।
” वादा अब्बू ” मैंने कहा।
सूरज की किरणाें का तापमान बढ चुका था,हम दोनों घर की ओर चल पङे।
© Ila Varma 26/10/2015  

Thank You Teacher!!!

I was the first one in my family
to be admitted to one of the prestigious missionary schools, Notre Dame
Academy, Patna. In seventy’s, there were very few schools and it was a matter
of pride (for the parents) to get admitted in one of them, though the admissions
were very easy at that time compared to today’s scenario. Nowadays, parents are
losing their sleep and peace of life in errand of getting their wards admitted
to a proper school.
I was admitted in KG and a school
uniform was there for the kids of kindergarten, white half shirt, red skirt,
red tie and black shoes & white socks. On the first day, my uncle dropped
me to school on his cycle. The school building withstood in a very big campus
sprawled into acres and the campus and the building was immaculately clean and
a beautiful garden adorned with beautiful roses in full  bloom in the peak season of
winters. ( In our time, we had a school session- Jan. to Dec.)
On the first day, introduction was carried of all
the students and class teacher. I don’t remember the name of my first teacher,
but the first teachings of her imprint in my mind & it’s as fresh as it is
a matter of yesterday.
There would have many lessons imparted by the teacher,
but I adhered to two of her requests or commands, whatever it can be termed as
throughout.
1.      Never
pluck flowers from the school gardens, It looks good in the garden. It will die
when you will pluck out.  Do you wish to
see them dying?
2.      Keep
your mouth closed while eating. We are human, not animals.
Her words had such an impact on me that throughout
my school life, I never ever touched any flowers, plucking was a far fetched
idea. There were students who plucked the flowers and kept them in their bags
to conceal from the teachers. I was a shy and introvert student and preferred to
remain calm & quiet. I never ever asked anyone to refrain from the idea,
but I never did. The idea of her had such an impact in my life that I am in the
habit of plucking flowers from my garden too. I love watching them bloom &
I hate the idea of plucking them to offer to the Gods. Even God will love
watching them in the garden, it’s my belief. I don’t impose my idea, but it’s
my feeling of my inner conscience.
Since the day my teacher asked to keep the mouth
closed while eating, it too became a habit inbuilt and even I advocated the
approach to others citing the same example that’s being human, we should keep
our mouth closed while eating. Nowadays, it has come under the etiquette’s to
follow. In our time, that is more than four decades ago, mostly there were
joint families in the house, and the elders were so busy with household chores
that they didn’t have so much time to give to the kids and make them follow
these little gestures. Even people had kids in half a dozen or so unlike today,
even two are counted as more than enough and couples wish to have a single child,
that too in a much planned way.
The first lessons of my teacher were etched in my memory
and till today I adhere to the same principle and even I impart the same to all.
It’s true that the minds of young children are like clay and it can be molded
into a proper shape on time.
I am thankful to her.
Thank You Teacher!!!

 © Ila Varma 24/10/2015  

Untamed Thoughts

 

Flying High

I Am Charmed By

The Impact of

Beauty Of Clouds

Soft as Feather,

White as Snow

& Flossy.

My Heart Sings

The Peppy Songs

Possessing a Dream

To Glide Within

The Serenity &

The Purity Of Clouds.

The World Of Illusions

Allures My Soul.

© Ila Varma

 

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