Category: Festivals and celebrations

Festivals and celebrations, Mumbai Diary, photo

‘Tis the Season #ThursdayTreeLove

  This was supposed to go up on the earlier edition of #ThursdayTreeLove for ’tis the season when decorated Christmas trees are found almost all over the world. While real trees are dressed up, in my part of the world, most of the Christmas trees are from China. But unlike the fake trees we got …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Disaster strikes the week before Dussehra

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Continuing with my saga of learning to cope single-handedly The week before Dussehra It was the week before Dussehra when I was bitten by the ‘let’s clean the house bug‘. Actually, this was a recurrence of the same bug that had struck earlier at  Ganesh Chaturthi.   It generally attacks before any major event at my …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Little known facts about Akshay Tritiya

Akshay Tritiya is one of the 3 1/2 very auspicious days in the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is the third day ( tritiya) of the second month  ( Vaishakh). And it is the time when the Earth is closest to the Sun

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Spring has Sprung

I celebrated the coming of spring with Chinese dragons and lions.

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

The Dawning of a New Diwali #MondayMusings

The dawning of a new Diwali The house is in darkness as is the rest of the city. It is the second day of Diwali but for me and my family it is like any other Monday. Our weekend was busy with comings and goings : Hubby Dear came back and Ms. Papaya went to …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

The morning after : would Ganpati have liked this? #MondayMusings

The Morning After The morning after is always a disaster. Especially  if the party has been going on for 10 days as it was for Lord Ganesh.  Yesterday it was 10 days since Ganpati came down to Mother Earth in general and Maharashtra in particular. Ever since Lokmanya Tilak revived the tradition of a community …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Tie a Rakhi for Coconut Day

Today Ms Papaya will tie two special rakhis for her superhero brothers . Rakhi or RakshaBandhan is not essentially a Maharashtrian festival but like everything else, has become pan-Indian thanks to the cultural invasion of Bollywood. I actually remember celebrating this day as Coconut Day with my home being redolent with the smell of coconut …

Festivals and celebrations

A blogging anniversary

Just now I got the following notification from WordPress . So Happy Birthday dear Blog . You haven’t done too badly. I now have 811 followers I have just about 800 visitors a month And I have around 1400 views I know this is piddly compared to all the blogging stalwarts but for me this …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Why I hate Holi

Reasons why I hate Holi this festival of colour and joy

Festivals and celebrations, FOOD

My Chocolate Christmas #FlavoursomeTuesdays

While the rest of the world is dreaming of a White Christmas, my family is dreaming of a dark, chocolate one . Preferably with chocolates with liquor that surprises you with its boozy taste . The countdown to Christmas or Advent is observed differently in different parts of the world . While I’m not sure …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

The Scented Bath

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Today on the third day of my Diwali, I had a traditional scented bath. Well no quite traditional because I didn’t use the traditional oils and unguents ( utna we call it) I didn’t get up before sunrise and decorate a wooden seat with a lighted lamp and rangoli. Nor did my mom give me …

Festivals and celebrations

Diwali disaster #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Sadly every day is NOT a Sunday. In fact today’s Tuesday is hardly flavoursome. There are something’s that aren’t just meant to be . After several attempts over several years, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Home made Chaklis aren’t for me. Chakli are those round maze like savoury fry ups that are crispy …

Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

Passing on the karanji #MondayMusings

I woke up this morning to a photo of homemade karanji. I was happy to see them because Daughter No 1 had made them, for the very first time. They looked perfect and possibly tasted perfect since Ms Papaya loved them. And she is quite the discerning eater. I was happy to see that the …

BLOG HOPS & CHALLENGES, Festivals and celebrations

Mumbai skies#SkywatchFriday

This Friday marks the beginning of the 10 day Ganesh Festival.The practice of bringing home a clay Ganesh was begun by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an early freedom fighter in India's struggle for Independence. The idea was to get people together to foster nationalism and community. Most of the home help have gone to their homes …