March 04, 2011

Rituals

She remembers how she would always try and avoid the rituals around festivals. The socializing, the pujas, the fasting…Ma would constantly pester her to take an active part in these things as she would be expected to continue the tradition after marriage. ‘Oh please!’ she would scoff and walk away. All of it looked very artificial, very insignificant to her.

Then, she got married and moved to another city.

Now, in this strange new place, she doesn’t have any family around. Nobody to see whether or not she is practicing the family rituals.

Like every day, she sits to have her morning cup of tea with her husband. He opens a new pack of Parle-G and offers her. She refuses...

‘It’s Shivratri. I’m fasting today.’

14 comments:

girish said...

But whyyyyy ??

:) Welcome back. About time too.

bhumika said...

Because when you stay away from family, rituals are a way that make you feel closer home.

Jigisha said...

brilliant :)

Kay said...

oh...you got married!!!!

aren't we all time's fools!!!!

bhumika said...

@jigi

thanks!

@kay

hey, long time! yes, got married a couple of months ago :) hope all's well at your end.

Navin said...

Nice. Completely new idea. Will need to give a head to it.

sreeni sreedharan said...
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sreeni sreedharan said...

congrats bhumika!

still parle-G ?
buy 50-50 ;)

bhumika said...

@navin

Welcome! and thanks :)

@sreeni

thank u :)sure, it's time to try 50-50 :P
time for u to post some new pics.

sreeni sreedharan said...

done!

Priyanka said...

I love how it is so simple and then the last line makes the entire post so powerful. :)

mitali said...

Totally agree with Priyaka. Looks so simple in the beginning. And then the last line delivers the punch :) Lovely

mitali said...

Totally agree with Priyaka. Looks so simple in the beginning. And then the last line delivers the punch :) Lovely!

Mansi Trivedi said...

Beautiful post. You should write for Dsplaced.com :)