Traditional Indian Food Contest Entry II- Jaggery Wheat Tortilla By Uttpal Krushna!


Our 2nd Contestant is Uttpal Krushna, more popular as UK to enter Traditional Indian Food Contest held by me.

I am born and brought up in Mumbai, graduated from the Mumbai University, worked in the corporate world for about 20 years before quitting in 2012. Started Full time consultancy in Content management and Food. As a certified nutritionist,  I have helped many stay fit and also work with corporate world from time to time for their Food related content requirements. I run a blog, Fashionable Foodz, which is well known by now. After doing voluntary social service for over 10 years, I decided to start a NGO and in April 2017, being the Real Human came into existence.

Jaggery Wheat Tortilla (Gul Poli)

After winter, the transition of Sun into Zodiac sign Makara (Capricorn) is celebrated with this festival called Makar Sankranti. Almost every year this falls on 14th January as per the English calendar. This is celebrated as Makara Sankranthi in Karnataka, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Magh Bihu in Assam, Poush Sangranti in West Bengal, Shishur Saenkraat in Kashmir, Maghi in Punjab, Himachal and Haryana and Makar Sankarnti in other states. Maharashtra celebrates this festival with sweets. One of them is the Tilgul poli or the Gul poli which means Jaggery Wheat Tortilla. This is served to neighbours and friends with the customary salutation, “Tilgul ghya, goad goad bola”, which means “Accept this sweet and be friendly.” It is a wheat-based flat bread filled with sesame seeds and Jaggery. Today we will check out the recipe for the Jaggery wheat Tortilla.

500 Gms Jaggery
1/2 Cup Poppy Seeds
1/2 Cup White Sesame
5 cloves Cardamom
1 Tbsp. Dry Grated coconut
2 1/2 Tbsp. Gram Flour
2 Cup Wheat Flour
2 1/2 Tbsp. Gram Flour
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
Ghee as needed
Oil as required
Cooking Time: 40 mins

Mix Wheat flour, All-purpose flour and Gram flour together.
Add some oil as per need to make a soft Dough ball.
Keep aside.
Grate yellow Jaggery.
Roast the Sesame seeds, Poppy seeds and coconut powder a bit and then grind it.
Fry the remaining gram flour in some Ghee.
Fry well till you get a nice colour to the flour and add the cardamom powder.
Mix the flavoured gram flour in the Jaggery mix and keep aside.
Make small thick round, flat breads from the dough ball of about 3 inch diameter.
Keep a single sheet of the bread and put a small ball of the Jaggery mix in the center of it.
Put another sheet on top and seal from all sides by gently pressing it.
Roll it to make a tortilla.
Heat a pan and place a Tortilla on it.
Flip it once the side visible to you shows puffing.
Flip it to make the other side puff a bit too.
Max time to heat a side should be 30 seconds to ensure even cooking.
The Jaggery Wheat Tortilla tastes best when cold. Give enough cooling period to this dish before consuming.

This is a Festive Recipe and is relished on festivals as well as perfect for cool weather.
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The Recipe is presented in the words of UK and the snaps are self-clicked and shared by esteemed contributor, UK.

10 Ways to Curb Lavish Expenses This Diwali! #DIYDiwali

Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the victory of
Lord Rama over the King of Demons, Ravana and freeing Sita from the clutches of
Demon king, Ravana and returning to Ayodhya after completing fourteen years of
exile. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama, Sita & Lakshman and decked
up whole of Ayodhya by lighting lamps and lights. It is seen as triumph over
evil and since then, it is celebrated throughout the country with fervor.
Nowadays, festivals has reached height of
commercialization and the advertisements and brands floods the market with attractive
offers and discounts which allure the masses. The consequence is that it hits
the budget of the family and at times, people pockets are badly hit as they
cross their spending limit by been extravagant and lavish in their expenses.
The realization sets in after the festivals and at times, people has to
compromise with curbing the necessities.
I have devised ways to curb lavish expenses this
Diwali and enjoy the festivities without the aftermath of guilt of
1. Self-made
Rangoli & Toran:
Decorate your entrance with self-made Rangoli
& Toran, instead of spending lavishly on these items. For the Torans, use
fresh aromatic leaves and flowers and hang on your entrance. It will act as a
natural air cleanser and its aroma will diffuse the air with healing
properties. Mango leaves, Marigold & Tuberose will be a better combo for
the Toran. For Rangolis, use the articles that you have in kitchen store and
the color pencils of your kids to decorate them. Rice, Wheat flour, flowers
from your garden and sketch pens will serve great for the purpose. Once you are
done, you will feel happy to the core and feel satisfied with the creativity.

2. Earthen
Idols of Ganesh & Lakshmi:
Buy clay idols of the Gods that is
coming down from our ancestors instead of buying of precious metals and
incurring extra expenses. The purpose of worship will be solved and it is
eco-friendly too. You will save a good sum that you can use for other purpose.
Stitch dresses of the Gods on your own and for that you can use the cloth
pieces that are stacked in your wardrobe and the colourful ones will solve the

3. Use
Earthen lamps:
Indulge in shopping for earthen diyas instead of going
for metal lamps and spending a lot on decorative diyas, lights and lamps, the market
are flooded with. This earthen lamps is eco-friendly and it curbs pollution too
and even the gases emitted from oil lamps are not harmful for health. You save
money, environment and health.
4. Prepare
Sweets at Home:
Instead of shopping for expensive sweets, this year
indulge in showing off your culinary skills. It will leave you and your guests
delighted and even you will serve fresh ones. Prepare Besan Laddoos, Gujhias,
Gulab Jamun and Kheers. They are good stuffs and is easy to prepare. Ahead of the
festival, you can prepare Besan Laddoos & mouth-watering Ghujias so you
will be acquitted of extra burden on the festival day and you can enjoy the
Diwali day and your pocket won’t be hit by incurring heavy expenditure. Markets
are flooded with sweet delicacies on the eve of Diwali but there is an issue of
freshness and budget going haywire.
5. Simple
Choose furnishing within your budget. Today, the market
has ample & lucrative choices but you need to pick up the things that suits
your budget. Go for simple bedspreads and curtains, they are comfortable, easy
to maintain and you can get within your spending limit. If you take heavy and
costly, there are recurring costs of maintenance. One more suggestion, why to
wait for the festive season to buy? Buy in off season and store in your
wardrobe to flaunt on the festival. In off season, there is not much rush in
the markets and you have time to choose.
6. Dhanteras
It is a belief to buy utensils or metals on Dhanteras and in
olden days, people bought occasionally so they added household articles on the
eve of Dhanteras. Nowadays, spending power has increased and shopping is whole
year affair, so buy the articles that you really need in your kitchen and
household and you don’t need to go for heavy buying of automobiles and costly
gadgets. Buy the articles that you are in need of and if you don’t need
anything, then just grab few spoons and bowls to celebrate Dhanteras. Your
better half will be happy if you are been minimal this time.
7. Jewellery
& Precious Metals & Gems:
The advertisements has soared the
sale of jewellery and precious metals and gems. Don’t get attacked by the
alluring offers. Check your needs. Just for the sake of buying, you can add
silver coins or toe rings in your collections. Easier to pocket and easy to
store in your wardrobe and you will appease your faith of buying precious on
8. Decoration
Strings, Gharonda & Lamps:
Run your imagination with coloured
papers, cardboards and thermocol to decorate your home. Cardboards and
thermocol stuff you will get inside your home store as on online shopping, they
shipped the parcel in good quality of cardboards. Take help of your kids, hubby
and siblings and decorate your home this season with eco-friendly things and
the stuffs that are easily available within the house.
9. Design
Puja Thali:
Don’t spend huge bucks on Puja Thali, decorate one with
your own designs with flowers and colours. You can use multiple things within
your kitchen and household and worship the deity.
10. DIY Gifts: Diwali is the occasion when we exchange gifts with our family & friends. You can gift self made sweets, DIY cards & gifts or plants. For plants, you don’t need to buy, just need prior planning. Keep the cuttings and seeds of your plants and grow them into earthen pots, it will be a gift close to heart of the receiver.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Keep your house
clean and free from clutters which is of utmost important to be peaceful at
mind and away from health hazards and pollution.
Spend minimal and within your budget this year and
you will amazed to find that you have saved huge amount by indulging in the
festivities by your creativity, skill and team work of family members.
Grab happiness with your best efforts and you will
not need to compromise on your needs after the festivals.
Go Green This Diwali, 2017.

9 Ways of Celebrating Navratri at 9 Different Places of India! #Navratri #Celebrations #Bloggarba

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#Bloggarba  is a blogging train in which we 16 blogger friends are participating as  a chain to mark Navratri celebration. The blogger behind me was Monika  and now she passes on the hop to me. Thanks a lot Monika for introducing me. 
Navratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals celebrated across India with pomp and show and the holy fervour grips all. The nine nights of Navratri is considered auspicious and people observe it with holiness and austerity and the celebration concludes on the 10th day which is called Vijayadashmi and this festival is celebrated as victory of good over evil.
During this festival, the Goddess Durga and her various manifestations is worshipped and she is referred as “Devi” or “Shakti” and our mythology says that she saved Earth and heaven from the wicked demon Mahishasura and his troupe by destroying them. She is looked upon with reverence and considered to be the Saviour, Creator, and Preserver of the Universe and the Destructor of negative energy.
The observation of fast for nine days detoxifies our Body, Mind & Soul and energizes us with positive aura & energy.
India is a land of diversity and the sacred Navratri is celebrated in 9 different ways in 9 different places of India. The essence of the celebration remains the same and across the country, Goddess Durga, “Shakti Swaroopa” is worshipped.
Let us start with the places from North to South and East & West.

1. Himachal Pradesh: Kullu Dusherra is the famous form of Navratri celebration in Himachal Pradesh, which starts from the 10th day of Navratri and extends for seven consecutive days. It is an international event and people across the globe throng this place to have the view of celebrations. It is also celebrated in the honour of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya and is considered to be the occasion of victory of good over evil. The major attraction of Kullu Dusherra is the Rath Yatra of Raghunathjee which is organised in Dhalpur Maidan in Kullu Valley. It is a grand procession and people in huge numbers participate and hundreds of Gods & Goddesses take part in this Rath Yatra transforming it into spiritual awakening. On seventh day after Vijayadashami, the Rath is taken to the banks of Beas River and there they burn piles of dried bushes and wood to mark the end of evil. Here they don’t burn effigies of Ravana and the festival comes to an end. Devotees visit temples in Kangra, Una & Bilaspur district of HP to pay homage to Goddess Durga.

2. Punjab: Goddess Durga is worshipped in Punjab and the people of Punjab keep partial or complete fasting on the seven days of Navratri and abstinence from Alcohol, meat etc. On 8th Day, they worship nine girls and feed them with food items. They treat these nine girls as goddess and gift them with gifts and money after offering holy food to them. This tradition is known as Kanjika. Another attraction of Punjab is Jagraata which is organised in the Pandals in the honour of Mother Durga and whole night people assemble in large numbers to sing devotional songs and dancing on them. It is a way of invoking Goddess Durga.

3. West Bengal: Navratri is celebrated with great fervour in the land of West Bengal and it is the major festival of the Bengalis. You will find countless Pandals with idols of Maa Durga and her nine manifestations. The whole state is decked beautifully and the artisans use their art forms in varied forms. The 6th day or Shasthi is the important day of Durga Puja when the veil of Goddess is removed for public view and people throng in large numbers to get a glimpse of the idols and participate in the celebrations. On the 7th, 8th, and 9th days, Maa Durga is worshipped along with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesh & Kartikeya. On 10th day, grand procession is taken out and idols are immersed in holy water of rivers. Sindoor Khela is the unique tradition of West Bengal which is carried on the 10th day on Vijaya Dashami day, where the married women offer sindoor to Goddess Durga by applying on her forehead and feet and then they generously apply to all the married women, it is played more as a game and all faces of married women are smeared with sindoor and wishing all a good fortune and happy married life.

4. Gujarat: Navratri is one of the major festivals of Gujarat and to celebrate the occasion, people indulge in the folk dance Garba for all the nine nights of Navratri. It is the major attraction of Gujarat and people in large numbers flock to Gujarat to participate. Here, people offers prayers to a symbolic clay pot known as Garbo which symbolises human body and lighted lamp the divine soul. Been the land of Krishna, the Garba must have originated from the influence of Raas Lila of Krishna. In Garba dance form, people move in coordinated moves making circles and small sticks called Dandiya is used in the dance form.

5. Maharashtra: “Ghatasthapan” is performed on the first day of Navratri in which copper or brass jar is placed on a wooden stool over heap of rice and turmeric roots, mango leaves, coconut and staple grains of 8 varieties are placed aside and a lamp is lighted which continues to alight throughout the nine days of Navratri. The “Ghata” symbolizes agriculture well-being & lamp symbolizes knowledge & prosperity. On 8th day, Yajna is performed in the name of Goddess Durga and on 9th day, Ghata is immersed in water after taking out the sprouted grains.

6. Telangana: Hindus celebrate Navratri by preparing Bathukamma, which is prepared by using different unique flowers mainly with medicinal powers and marigold is generously used in this flower arrangement. Bathukamma means “Mother Goddess Come Alive” and Mother Gauri, Life Giver is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma. The Bathukamma, is worshipped on all nine days by the girls and women of the family and on the 10th day, it is set afloat in water body. The women and girls dressed in new clothing and jewellery give dance performances to celebrate Navratri.

7. Karnataka: Navratri is celebrated as Naada Habba in the state of Karnataka in honour of Goddess Durga who killed the demon Mahishasura to end his atrocities on earth and bring peace on earth and the tenth day of Navratri marks the event. Mysore Dashaara is famous in this state and it is been celebrated since centuries. It is the royal festival of Mysore and on ninth day, the royal sword is worshipped and a grandeur procession Jumbo Savari is taken out on elephants, camels and horses. The lighting arrangement at Mysore Palace is the major attraction for the tourists.

8.  Tamil Nadu: Navratri is known as Bommai Kolu in Tamil Nadu which signifies “Divine Presence” and it is long celebration of ten days and a set of three days are dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi, Durga & Saraswati, the manifestations of the Goddess Durga. Here the celebration is unique in its own way. The Kolu is built with wooden planks giving a shape of a staircase and the stairs are created in odd numbers of 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 and it is decorated with colured fabrics and the Doll, toys and figurines are used to decorate the Kolu. Larger idols and dolls representing deities are placed on the top and then other figurines of dolls, temple, bride & groom, animals and other worldly institutions are placed on different planks. The dolls are handed over from one generation to another and every year new dolls are added to the existing collection. These dolls signifies prosperity, fertility, marital bliss and progeny. On the ninth day, new business ventures are taken up and the tiny tots are introduced into the world of learning. On the tenth day, the dolls are packed for next year and the Kolu is dismantled and immersed in water.

9. Kerala: In this state too, the Navratri is divided into set of three days. The first 3 days Goddess Durga is invoked as Divine Mother with a belief that she takes care of all impurities, vices and defects of the souls. The next 3 days is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi who is considered to be a giver of spiritual wealth though the people pay reverence for material wealth and the last 3 days, Goddess Saraswati is invoked who is revered as God of wisdom and learning. During last three days, people place their books and other objects of learning in front of idol of Saraswati to seek her blessings. The tiny tots are introduced to the world of learning on the tenth day of Navratri and they are made to write on rice or sand.
These are 9 ways of celebrating the divine Navratri at 9 different places of our country. I noticed while touring from one state to another, the pattern of worship is different but the essence of the Navratri remains the same focussing on the worship of Supreme Power, “Goddess Durga & her Manifestations.”

It is a social festival wherein people throng in large numbers to celebrate with gaiety and fervour.
Throughout the country, the nine days are observed with holiness and the festival is conclude on the 10 day and it marks the celebration of triumph of good over evil.
The atmosphere turns into spiritual awakening during the days of Navratri and those who observe the fast feels rejuvenated.
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One More New offer from Café Bhadas! #Indore #MadhyaPradesh

To celebrate Navratri Café Bhadas started
pure and healthy organic foods

Now it is say about Indore’s new identity
Café Bhadas that if you came to Indore and not visit to Café Bhadas, your
Indore visit is useless.  In true sense
it represents Identity of the city with its unique offers to foodies. Café
Bhadas which is situated near Syndicate Bank at MR9, increasing its facilities
regularly for the service of customers. Chef Mohit of Café Bhadas said that “on
the occasion of pious Navaratri, café Bhadas started verities of healthy
organic food products. “

It is a special attraction for the
customers to have more than 100 varieties of tasty and healthy cuisines between
10 am to 10 pm.  It offers lot of
varieties of drinks which includes shake, mocktails, lassi, guilt free tea and
coffee with many types’ juices and 5 to 6 varieties of tea .Here you can enjoy
taste of 10 to 12 types of healthy pizzas, chat, role pasta and Maggie.  8 to 10 types of sandwiches give you an
experience of different taste.  With this
you will definitely like to enjoy delicious taste of brownie donates and ice
creams. If you are interested to enjoy taste of different states, you need not
to go anywhere, café Bhadas offers you genuine taste of various regions.

Chef Mohit said that “you can taste
Bhutte ka kis of Malwa, Dabeli of Gujarat, Idli of Tamilnadu, Litti chokha of
Bihar, Chhola & kulcha of Punjab and Bada Pav of Maharashtra prepared with
genuine ingredients of relevant state. To prepare more than 100 varieties of
cuisines we prefer to use pure organic food products which are also best to
keep you healthy. “

At Café Bhadas we assure you
hygiene and cleanliness. New beginning of pure and healthy foods is also a
great attraction for the visitors of this unique place.
its inception, Café Bhadas regularly offered new facilities to its customers in
short span of time.

For More Information Please Contact:
Atul Malikram


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Five Amazing Online Shopping Portals for Kids! #Clothing #Children

Festivals are round the corner and Mommies get
busy with the preparations and as soon as we become Moms, our whole attention is
grabbed by our kids.

Women love shopping and shopping for our cuties is
even more interesting and I heartily thank the technology that has gifted us
with the various portals of shopping online.
Online shopping has given us lot of freedom and we
spend our free time in touring different portals to be aware of the clothing
that is in vogue and the different shopping sites come up with different range,
colours, designs, offers and discounts.
Online shopping has made the life easy of the
working women. We don’t need to take off from our work to run for shopping and
we can shop easily at any time of the hour. Online shopping has proved boons
for the Mommies who are busy with their career and home because we surf the
sites after completing our assignments and within the cosy precincts of our
home. There is no hurry to choose, we have ample time to zero in and go through
the offers and discounts reeling on various portals.
Months ahead, I start the virtual tour of the
sites and start saving my favorites in my cart so that I can finally decide
what to buy and gift to my cuties on the eve of festivals.
Shopping for kids are very refreshing and at
times, we fulfil our dreams through them.
Today, I am going to tell you about 5 favourite
shopping portal that I use for shopping for my cute kids and I am in love with
their terrific designs for kids.
 First Cry is one of the shopping
platform that I trust to do shopping for my kids as well as for the kids of my
family and friends. They have a wide range of clothing suitable for all children
age groups and occasions and has ample designs and colours and are fairly priced. They have
a variety and price range is suitable for all types of takers. Even the
material is comfortable and good and I rely on the products of First Cry. They
come up with attractive offers too. First cry is also one stop solution for the
things that you need for your kidoos.’

Hopscotch is one of the best portals for
children clothing and they have a wide range to choose from and the clothes are
segregated by age and requirements and the portal is quite user friendly, which
makes the shopping even more interesting. I prefer this portal for my children
or for giving out to my relatives or friends children. It is fairly priced and
you can opt for the one that your pocket allows. My niece is happy with my
choice when I buy exclusive designer outfits for her from Hopscotch.
 Amazon has come a long way in online
shopping portal and you can bag attractive offers during festivals. They have
multiple range of clothing for the kids and their price range is too wide, so
people from all sections can afford to shop at Amazon for their kids clothing.
Here you can buy from casual wears to designer wear and I love shopping at
Jabong presents variety to choose for
your kids of all ages and all sizes and they present trendy & comfortable
clothing and has range of exclusive wears too for the upcoming festivals. It is
easy on pockets and I like to indulge. There have cashback offers too.

Bonorganik is the amazing online
shopping portal for clothing as this presents matching clothes for Dad and Son,
Mom and Daughter and various other combinations of outfits for whole family and
siblings and these styles are much in vogue and my better half loves to flaunt
with same designer clothes for father and son and when we plan to travel, we
opt the dresses meant for family and for a change, it looks nice and feel good
factor comes in. They present exclusive designs.
There are many online shopping
portals but these 5 attracts me more and in my free time, I surf these portals
and keep myself updated with the styles of clothing that are in vogue. I look
for trendy outfits and at the same time, comfortable clothes so that my kids
cheer in my choices and they cheer flaunting in the outfits that I purchased
for them.
Their wide smiles make my day and
I feel truly blessed.

These are my choices, Share yours
with us.
The post is linked with Amrita & Deepa. #MMM

Rakhi! #SacredThread #Relationships #Siblings


Rakhi is celebrated in India with great pomp and show and with globalization & messages & advertisements on social medias, it has managed to crossed the borders.

In my life, Rakhi has been a silent affair, the reason…my brother is the fifth sibling…we all four were girls and his arrival was after a decade and till he could understand the worth of Sacred thread celebration, I was married off.
Cousins were there but they lived far off and we sent the Rakhi by post so at home, it was just like a normal day.

Even my Mom was only child of her family so there was no one from her side to turn up on the day of Rakhi.

Watching my other friends busy with the forthcoming celebration, at times, I felt sad but gradually, I managed to come out of it and when I was near to 10 or 11 years, I tied Rakhi on my hand as I did not consider myself less than a boy…in schools, I was known as Tom boy for my attitude. 😛

I too have two sons and no daughter so still it continues to be a silent affair. Initially, few girls of neighbor used to tie them Rakhi and to combat gloom on the celebration day, I prepared special dishes for the soul sisters and my boys gifted few bucks.


Now when they have moved to other cities for work, they are lucky to have sisters in town and slowly the celebration has picked up and they try to visit their sisters on the auspicious occasion with gifts to celebrate.

My sons are typical. They don’t believe in receiving Rakhi by post and tying by themselves…If the sisters asked them to dispatch Rakhi, they answer them coolly “Why to waste money on sending Rakhi rather you treat yourself with that money” and till they were in their hostel life, never they celebrated the Rakhi festival or encouraged her sisters to send them.

I have three brothers, very junior to me in age…one brother is classic…he is of my elder son’s age…don’t think that it’s my parents mistake…it is the mistake of my Chacha. 😛

Nowadays, before Rakhi…I get bit busy by hooking on, on online portals to select a Rakhi for them and along-with it, I send almonds & nuts instead of sweets…as doctors has asked me to refrain from them so I see that they too don’t relish on them when I can’t….Sibling rivalry comes into the scene. 😀

I wish to bring in a change in the Rakhi celebrations…instead of tying Rakhi to should be to tie to the Sibling irrespective of gender.

This way, it will add more fervor to the festival and the people who don’t have brothers or sisters won’t feel bad on the occasion…as I know the feelings that I underwent down the years.

Readers…if you agree with them…add your comments.

We can bring in a change in our society.

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Diwali Lights

Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya.

Lead me from darkness to light!

Light arrangements @home on the night of Deepawali 2016

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Mehndi Exquisite Hand Designs in Trend!!

Mehndi art is an art descending from ages and with the passage of time, it has gained momentum and even on a weekend spree, you can get your palms decorated with Mehndi.

I have collected Exquisite Hand Designs trending in my camera and wish to share with all of you. All are my family members and friends palms.

                                                                                             Vijaya Sinha

                                                                                                          Vijaya Sinha

                                                                                                         Vijaya Sinha 

                                                                                    Shivani Jain

Special Thanks to My Friends & My Family for helping me in my collections!

Images Courtesy : & Pushpam Verma Photography

Rang Barse #KhulKeKheloHoli



बुरा न मानो होली है,” यह ललकार सुनते ही, अनेक खट्टी- मीठी यादों का सैलाब मन में हीलोरे लेने लगता है, जी करता है,  एक बार फिर मैं उस पल को वापस खींच लाऊँ और फिर से उस पल की शोख हसीना में तब्दील हो जाऊँ और दोनों हाथों से उस पल की खुशी लुटाऊँ।
हम सब संयुक्त परिवार में रहते थे, उस वक्त परिवार की महत्व समझ में नहीं आती थी, कितनी बार हम तंग हो जाते थे, पर उम्र के इस पङाव पर समझ आई कि की परिवार का महत्व क्या है या यों कहें की, त्योहार घर-परिवार के बीच मनाना अच्छा लगता है, हम उमंग- हर्षोउल्लास से भर जाते हैं और होली तो पर्व है टोली का, जितने लोग उतनी मस्ती।
हमारे चाचा-चाची, बुआ-फूफा, दादा-दादी सभी इकठ्ठे होते थे होली पर्व साथ मनाने के लिए और हम बच्चों की लाॅटरी खुल जाती थी। ढेर सारे पैसे इकठ्ठे हो जाते थे और हम सब दुकान पर धावा बोल देते। रंग-बिरंगी पिचकारी, टोपी, रंग और गुलाल-अबीर हम सब ढेरों खरीद लेते और हमारी होली एक सप्ताह पहले ही शुरू हो जाती थी। हम एक- दूसरे पर रंगों की बौछार करते, घर- आँगन की भी पुताई हो जाती थी, रंगो की होली से,बङे-बुजुर्ग भी पीछे नहीं रहते थे। बाल्टी में हम बच्चे रंग घोलते और पिचकारी से आने जाने वाले पर पटाने के बाद, “बुरा न मानो होली है” चिल्लाकर कूदते और शोर मनाते और घर के सयाने मौका देखते बाल्टी लेकर गायब हो जाते और एक-दूसरे को स्नान करा आते।
होली का शोर-शराबा अच्छा लगता,एक दूसरे के पीछे दौङना, चीखना चिल्लाना, एक दूसरे को रंग से सराबोर कर देने का मजा ही कुछ और होता था।
मुझे याद है, घर की सभी औरतें तरह-तरह के पकवान बनाने में जुटी रहती थी और उनमें एक होङ होता था कि की किसकी पकवान उमंदा बनी है, परिवार के बङे कुछ सगुण देते और तारिफों की पुल बाँध देते। घर आँगन में पर्व के दौरान एक खुशी की लहर दौङती जो हम आज एकल परिवार में महसूस नहीं करते।
मुझे याद आते हैं वे पल होलिकादहन से पहले वाली रात, जब मुहल्ले के लङकों की टोली निकलती लकङी और गोबर के उपले इकठ्ठे करने और वे अपनी शैतानियों से बाज नहीं आते। वे घरों के बाहर पङे कुर्सी- चौकी और नेम प्लेट भी उठा कर दहन कर देते। जब तक लोग खोज शुऱु करते तब तक वह स्वाहा हो चुका होता था।
 बुरा न मानो होली है, कह कर बहुत सारी बातें हो जाती थी, उस वक्त लोग भी बातों की तुल नहीं देते थे, आया राम गया राम कह बातों पर विराम लग जाता था।
हम बच्चों का तो प्रिय त्यौहार होली था, छुट कर हम सब रंग में सराबोर होते, फटे- पुराने कपङे पहन कर हम होली खेलने के लिए गुट बनाकर निकलते, बाल्टी, टीन पिचकारी, तबला बजानै के लिए बरतन, सब अपने पास होता। घर-घर जाकर रंग खेलते और फिर हमारी गुट में शामिल होकर आगे बढते, होली के गीत गाकर नाच गाना भी होता।
दोपहर तक सब अपने-अपने घर वापस होते और लग जाते रंग छुङाने में, माँ के आज्ञाकारी बच्चे जो तेल लगाकर खेलने जाते, उन्हें ज्यादा मसक्कत नहीं करनी पङती थी, पर जो कुछ हमारी संख्या में आते, उनके रंग साफ होने में दो-तीन दिन लग जाते।
शाम में हम सब सफेद पोशाक में तैयार हो कर पाॅकेट में गुलाल अबीर भर कर एक बार फिर हम हो हल्ला करते हुए रंगों का जंग एलान कर देते और जुट जाते एक दूसरे पर बौछार करने।कहने के लिए सुखा रंग होता पर पुताई गीले रंगों से कम नहीं होता।
स्वादिष्ट पकवान की तो झङी लग जाती, पुआ, मीट,दही भल्ले और मीठे पकवान हर घर में परोसा जाता और हम छुट कर खाते।
होली पर्व तो वही रही पर उल्लास भंग हो चुकी है, लोगों का ध्यान भौतिकता की ओर ज्यादा है और पर्व के प्रति उल्लास जाती रही है।
बङे हुए तो क्या हुआ, हम खेलेगें होली और मिटा डालेगें मन की उदानसीनता को और खेलेगें, कुदेगें इस होली, बंद उन्माद को खुली हवा में पनाह देगें, इस होली, मलेगें बालों और गालों में पैराशुट तेल और बचेगें रंग छुङाने के तकलीफों से और गायेगें होली मिलन के गीत परिवार और दोस्तों की टोली में, रंग बरसे भीगे चुन्नर वाली रंग बरसे”

“I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories atBlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

“Holi Hai” – #KhulKeKheloHoli


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The contest of the Blogadda #KhulKeKheloHoli in collaboration
with Parachute Advansed drowned me into the reverie of the past where I could
see myself immersed in bright and wet colours of Holi and splashing colours
on the friends and the passers-by without stopping for a second of what impact
it will have on my health or how the friends & strangers will react…Bindaas.

I am talking of the era nearly three decades back where
people did not had any inhibitions like today and they splashed bucket full of
colours and people readily played with full masti on, singing and dancing on
their own songs of Holi without thinking of the actions and reactions of
colours on hair and skin. The old ladies of the house used to advise to oil
hair and body so that it is easy to wash off the colours but frankly speaking,
none paid heed to it. 

In those days, people were not so conscious of themselves
so they indulged in playing holi and sportingly played with family, friends and
neighbours. It was a sport of playing with wet colours and abeer and gulaal and
all loved to indulge irrespective of age and religion.

People shouted “Holi hai” and would come out in groups to
play holi in common ground of colonies, lawns of houses and really it was an
enjoyable affair with colours and all coloured faces looked alike.

Rich dishes of treats were prepared on Holi festival and the
sweet savouries malpua and gujia were the main dishes prepared in every house
on the festival of Holi and people relished after playing holi with the colours
on, none paid heed to these minor things and the people of those times were
more healthy and sound compared to today’s lifestyle where we take too much of
precautions and still not healthy.

I was one of the energetic souls who played Bindaas Holi and
started preparations much ahead of the festival. My mother used to keep my new
clothes away from my reach because I was very careless that once I played holi
on the new dress which was stitched by her to wear on the eve of Holi. I was a
great prankster so far as this festival was concerned. I used to get colourful
balloons and fill them with liquid colours along with my friends and stored in
a big bucket three four days ahead of the festival… It was easy to carry for
playing colours and people and friends could be splashed with the colours from
a distance…I agree now that sometime it hurt too if thrown hard but who
cares…in my childhood days, I wasn’t aware of it and have lot played with these
colour filled balloons.

We used to emerge in group of friends and would shout and
run in the corridors of our home and on roads and parks of colonies. No one
stopped us from playing, though few directives were given by elders but we
rarely cared for it. The directors too knew how much it would be followed.

In our childhood we played colours with all irrespective of
caste, creed, status or sex and even we befriended those friends with whom we
fought for childish reasons and shared food in same plate. The colours of Holi
were actually the colours of love and friendship which washed away the enmities
and added life to stale relationships.

"होली के दिन दिल खिल जाते हैं
रंगों में रंग मिल जाते हैं
दुश्मन भी गले मिल जाते हैं
गिले शिक़वे भूल के दोस्तों"

We used to roar, laugh and sing Bollywood songs of holi and
danced and played drum on the steel bowls and plates and really it was a fun
and the memories of those bygone days still sends butterflies in stomach and
want to revisit those lanes.

Once fully active in playing colours transformed into a
non-player of Holi, the reason is not so specific but the news aired spoiling
the sport of Holi did have an impact on me and gradually, I stopped indulging
in the game of colours. Now the idea of celebration has shrunk to preparing
dishes of malpua, mutton and dahi- vada and in evening, I put tilak on the
forehead of the juniors and sprinkle little bit on each other among friend

I do a bit of social work on this festival. I distribute
colours, pichkaris, savouries cooked and few bucks to all my support staff to
enjoy their part of Holi with full pomp and show and I feel happy to see smiles
on their faces.

I too have the feeling to indulge once again but don’t dare
to indulge fearing the deadly task of washing out the colours…the reason is not
indulging for a long time but at heart, I want to play. I will use Parachute Advansed to oil my hair and skin and will try to use herbal colours which are easy to wash.

This year, I would break the ice, Blogadda has revived by
spirits and will play Holi sportingly roaring “Holi Hai” in the corridors of my
apartment, shedding all the inhibitions that I have been carrying since long
and capturing in my mobile.

“I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories atBlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

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