Saturday, October 13

Sundal Season

The best thing about Navrathri / Dhushera is the influx of sundal. Just not the ones made at home but ones that my mum gets from the places she visits. Oh yes! I made a pact with her long back that she got to get them for "me". One of the perks of being the only child at home ;).

Ever since we moved to West Mambalam, its never been quite like in our appartment in Ashok Nagar. Maybe the network on ppl has gone down. Somehow the same energy ain't there at home. Reminds me of me and grandpa constructing the 10/11 golu steps after unloading them all from the loft. It was like a piece of engineering :D, and physical too. I used to make petty stuff with dancing light LCD with mini electronic kits to adore lord Ganesh. Not to mention the parks that I'd make by seeding raagi a week earlier. It was nice watching the women and gals draped in grand sarees / pattu pavadai's on their seasonal errands.

I somehow miss all that. Maybe I have joined the bandwagon of people lost in the corporate world. It really sucks having to work on saraswathi pooja / vijayadhasami day, esp. when they fall on a weekend. But thats how life goes for me.

But on the bright side, I still get my sundals :) *slurp*. Pattani sundal today. Two round complete, one more to go before dinner :D. What a season to start with a tummy #-o.



At Sunday, October 14, 2007 6:10:00 PM, Blogger Madhu said...

hey samy, u brought back my very pleasant memories. Navarathri always meant a flurry of activities for my granny, sis and me. Right from bringing down the dolls, cleaning them, building the steps, decorating, wow! so many things we enjoyed doing together. Best part for me was visiting friends' and relatives' homes and the story telling sessions. And also those little gifts we got ~:)

Now I dont do it anymore, it is not part of my "lifestyle" but these memories make me very happy. Cant really complain as I choose it this way! :)

At Sunday, October 14, 2007 6:17:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

** Best part for me was ... and the story telling sessions.

dyu mean ooru vambu? or legendary tales?

** it is not part of my "lifestyle"

you can always make it no matter where you are u know ;) ... such festivities are part of our culture only to make an excuse to celebrate life :)

At Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:33:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

nice pic of statues!

wuts sundal?


At Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Madhu said...

ooru vambua, naanna....he he all this is a part of such festivities! Imagine comparing jewellery, pattu pavadai patterns sitting in front of the kolu (*wink*)

anyways I have come a long way from good old chennai. All this only when I get back. But I sure do remember the stories abt the festivals.

BTW keshi, sundal is a spicy mixture mainly made of either chickpeas or any kind of dried beans, mango, seasoning, onion, tomato,etc. Its also a easy evening snack.

At Wednesday, October 17, 2007 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Arpita said...

Kolu always brings back lovely childhood memories. My mom always wonders wat the fun is in seeing the same set of dolls year after year. probably she has a point but I love it all the same:)

At Wednesday, October 17, 2007 10:38:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...


@madhu: adhaane paathen ... puranam'o nu nanecheen :p ... my cousin in Singapore does keep golu & celebrate ... u don't need to come back to chennai to do it all ;)

@arpita: the fun is the people coming and such ... besides women (read as & gals) are dress at their best ... its quite a treat for the men folks you know ... reminds us of how lovely women can be :p


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