Aaje Uttarayan Che

And  I am missing

– The colourful kites

– Going up on the terrace and putting up the the taperecorder at the highest volume and listening to sidey songs with jhankaar beats, only to have them drowned in  the cacophony of even louder songs from the neighbours terrace

– Getting the fingers cut due to the sharp manja

– Spending the previous night getting the threads onto the kites so that not a moment gets wasted on the terrace

– Requesting Amma to make a little bit of extra rice to be used as an adhesive for the torn kites

– Delegating the task of holding the firki to the youngest kid around, with the bribe that you will let them hold the thread of the flying kite for 2 mins later on

– Eating chikkis at regular intervals of 15 minutes each to ‘keep up the strength’

– Savoring a lunch of undhiyu, puris and jalebis sitting on the terrace

– waiting for Appa to buy fresh ponk and thikhi jheeni sev and add a dash of lime to it and eat it in the evenings

– Scream ‘Kaipoche’ even if your own kite gets cut off

– Jump up high to catch the flying thread of a cut kite flying uo in the sky, and attaching your thread to it and continue to fly it : All the operation done within a minute with the precision of a surgeon and screaming of a baneesh!

– Eat the yummy Pongal and Chutney for dinner lamenting on the fact that there was barely any wind today for the kites to fly, only to be told by Amma that the wind always is better on Vasi Uttarayan, the next day!

I so miss Baroda 😦


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28 Responses to Aaje Uttarayan Che

  1. Deboshree says:

    You brought the whole thing alive! Wish you a very happy today! 🙂

  2. We had a similar atmosphere in North Chennai, where my grandparents lived for a long time. During the season, we could spot so many kites all over the sky. But nowadays, I don’t find a single kite, even in that area. Kids have moved on to video games, perhaps!

  3. greenboochi says:

    Its great that we can still enjoy those amazing moment through our sweet memories 🙂

  4. UmaS says:

    WOW…that is surely lot of fun as kids right ?? The place we grow up is always close to our heart…
    Wish you happiness wherever you are 🙂

  5. RajK says:

    OMG!! You brought back SO Many memories of Amdavad. I want to share this with my Amdavadi friends…Can I share this on FB?

  6. Choxbox says:

    Awesome 🙂
    Same to same in Hyd, except we screamed ‘Kaaaataey’!

  7. Sigh! Aaje Uttraan chhe, and I am missing Ahmedabad badly too. 😦

    I have never been an avid kite flyer, but I always used to watch the kites being flown by others, eat all the goodies, and soak in all the energy. 🙂 Even in Navratri, I was more of a passive soaker-in-energy rather than an active participant in the garba. That doesn’t make me miss the festivities any less.

  8. Prachee says:

    wow…you know how to fly kites RM…!!! will you teach me pleeaase…??
    LOvely post btw 🙂

  9. Visha says:

    I miss the madness too, sigh!

  10. MR says:

    Miss the pongal and sakkara pongal . happy pongal.

  11. Could visualize this perfectly as I read it. Beautiful.

  12. Bingo's Mom says:

    Booohooo…. You wrote almost everything of my tomorrow’s post.. 😦

    Happy Pongal to RM family 🙂

  13. srividhya says:

    Happy Pongal. 🙂

  14. Deepika says:

    Happy Pongal and makar sankranti… Sitting inside office , am missing the colorful kites flying outside… you brought back memories 🙂

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