Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vishu... Then and Now

Vishu, from the recesses of Memory...

... Summer Vacation
... An old house that exists no more, and a farm
... Grandparents...
... Being woken up at half-past-four in the morning, and brought before the Vishukani with eyes covered
... Wondering in half-sleep where the Vishukani came from, as it wasn't there the previous night
... Being given a coin each from grandparents and parents as Vishukaineetam
... Going back to bed, clutching the coins tight
... Come morning, bath, new dress and visiting the elders in the area for more Vishukaineetam
... Fighting with cousins over whether the bigger hex-shaped 20 paise coin or the smaller round 25 paise coin is better
... A small Devi Temple almost right across the house
... A river that flows at the door-step
... Running in and out of the house between games to munch home-made banana chips and to drink water from the mannkalam in the kitchen
... Playing hide and seek in the Cocoa plantation

Vishu, now...

... Taking a leave for Vishu, because it is not a holiday in these parts
... Checking with the local Malayalee store a couple of days before Vishu as to whether, and when, Konnappoo will be available
... Rushing to the store before the said time to ensure that we get a bunch before the rest of the Malayalees in the area snatch them away
... Buying a few vegetables for the Vishukani, compromising with lesser number than required, as the whole set won't be available there, anyway why buy the ones we won't use afterwards?

A sparse Vishukani

... Vishukani at 7am, oh well, who wants to wake up earlier than that?
... Bringing the little one with his eyes covered to see the Vishukani and giving him Vishukaineetam, no longer 20 paise or 25 paise coins, but notes in the double and triple digits
... Calling up his grandparents for Vishu wishes over phone
... Reading and responding to SMS Vishu wishes
... Preparing a few 'special' items with rice for lunch and calling it Sadya


  1. half-past-four - And I remember father used to wake up And we have to and studies - The task. It was too painful.

  2. Same story here....Sigh indeed!

    But then, let us do what ever we do diligently , right?

  3. I do not know how to express my appreciation for this "reality show"! You said it, RIGHT.

    Having said that, I need to go a little early from office to queue up in Lulu to get the Vishukani items.

    Wish you a Happy Vishu!

    May God bless.
    Renjith & family

  4. ROFL....
    I was initially thinking twhat you were planning to write about vishu.
    Nice one :)

  5. Chechi...i miss the fun i had when it was in kerala..n as u say the present choice, adapted to the b'lore style...taking leave n all..made me remember the fun days in kerala

  6. My best wishes for all on vishu festival.

  7. Nice read!
    ..n these days, usually Vishu and Onam are celebrated with Asianet and Surya TV - watching Devasuram and Thuruppugulan!