Being a 90s kid born and raised in BengaLooru, I had the privilege of enjoying the most precious moment of Everybody’s Life in the days
When “getting high” meant on a swing
…When “Protection” meant wearing a helmet
…When the worst thing you could get from BOYS were cooties….
& the worst thing you could get from Girls was a cold….
…When Mum was your only hero
& Dads shoulders were the highest place on earth
…Your Worst Enemies were your siblings
…When The only “Drug” you knew was cough medicine
…Wearing a skirt didn’t mean you were a “Slut”
…The only thing you “Smoked” was the tires on your bike
…The only thing that would “Hurt you” were skinned knees
…The only thing that could be “Broken” were your toys
…When “Goodbyes” only meant until tomorrow…
#Childhood playing KunTe bille, Lagori, ko ko, Chowka baara, aLuguLi mane and so on..
I am glad that we dint had mobile then, nor so many channels in TV, which was actually good thing and that made us to go out and enjoy the realworld unlike now glued to Video games, Facebook, Instagram 💜
And when ever I think of my childhood, first thing comes to mind is Sankranthi😀
New Dress for the first festival of the year, Rangoli, Friends, Celebrations and the programs in Udaya TV were best…
HaLLi mesTru movie was mandatory and all channels used to play ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಬಂತು ರತ್ತೋ ರತ್ತೋ…
And actually I thought without seeinb this song, sankranthi cant be celebrated..
Mom used to make preparations for ELLu beLLa
ELLu (white sesame seeds) mixed with fried groundnuts, neatly cut copra and fine cut jaggery.
Ellu bella thindhu, Olle maathaaadu” is a proverb which means speak good after consuming sesame seeds and jaggery) from 1 week and night shopping for kaBBu, GeNasu, KaDle kaaYi and how can I forget the trade mark of sankranthi avrekaaYi😍 , mehendi, matching bangals were compulsory and when the shopping was done, it was my turn to put Rangoli that night and it was suchcha nice feeling to see whole area’s ladies and girls chatting, putting Rangoli till 11, 12 competing with each other, filling it with colors n flowers …
Needless to say, i was very good at it.
My Dad being very religious used to wake me, my younger brother and little sister at 5 and after all the pooja at home, it was kinda ritual for us to go to Ayyappa temple in Jalahalli cross and by the time we reach home, mom would have prepared Sweet pongal, khaara pongal, avrekaaL baath, kosambari, obbaTTu, vegetable kooT, Anna Rasam as well…
ಮನೇಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕೂತು ಹಬ್ಬದ ಊಟ ಮಾಡೋದೆ ಸಕ್ಕತ್ ಖುಷಿ…
Later till 4 it was just playing outside with all our area kids, eagerly waiting for 5 o clock to get ready in langa daawaNi (Half Saree as it is called now) and go to every nook and corner of our area to distribute ELLu bella 😄
We dint know why sankranthi was celebrated nor knew why eLLu bella was distributed..
But now when I think about it, i feel #AadinagaLu were best and we Millennial have enjoyed when we had nothing but Everything and this generation dont even know the pleasure of those moments..
And I will make sure my childrens celebrate sankranthi the same way I did 😀.
Sankranthi is not only Festival of Harvesting.
It’s an occasion for sharing, caring , forgiving and the spirit of Love 😄
Our ancestors were so intellectuals that they mixed the blend of dry coconut and Til both known to provide warmth in this cold Season and distributing it to neighbors would in turn strengthen the bond btw them, even if they had a small fight the other day, month festivals used to get them together…
Unlike now, bengaLooru becoming cosmopolitan city, Housewives no more prepare eLLu bella at home but get it ready made from shop and distribute..
And go to haLLi mane, or some restaurant and pay money to eat Festive delicacies instead of preparing it at their homes.
I am never gonna follow that trend but only cook in my home and enjoy having Good together with Friends, Family…
I feel only because of such celebrations, I hve inculcated the quality to gel with people very well
and seeing my mom, atte, Chikkamma cooking together, my love for Joint family 💜 and my interest in cooking grew.
I can cook almost every BengaLooru, Mysooru, Madikeri cuisines.
#AadinagaLu in BengaLooru n spending #EedinagaLu at Office by just wearing Saree to office , clicking selfies and posting it in Fb saying Sankranthi at Office has made me realize
It’s Important to spread Good Vibes in Real life too not just online…
Instead of just liking the pics uploaded by your colleague on Fb, say it directly to her,him wen you meet them next time that they looked lovely 😀
And instead of posting that you miss someone, text them, call them , if possible meet them…
And smile at people whom you don’t know but see daily.
(P.S ha ha…. Don’t smile at random guys or girls please)
Compliment wholeheartedly if you like something, somebody does.
It might sound strange and funny but trust me your smile is Magic and your Compliment will brighten their Day …
ಎಳ್ಳು ಬೆಲ್ಲ ತಿಂದು ಅವತ್ತ್ ಒಂದ್ ದಿನ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆದೆ ಮಾತಾಡಿ….
ಮಕರ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿಯ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು ….
It’s Time for someಕ್ರಾಂತಿ✌
to bring the change in the world 💜