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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Guns, Bombs and Rockets…



They crawled crossing the enemy lines belching fire from the guns, from the opposite direction the tanks thundered and cannons boomed, the tracer rockets lit up the dark sky…
I don’t know how I managed to escape from their eyes but somehow I had survived till now, I was hiding in the safe place well protected from the bombarding sound, fierce flames and flashing lights.. I had decided not to move an inch till this dies by itself but then I realized this was not happening as one of them came hunting for me, He found me hiding below the cot he dragged me out and forcefully pulled me to the battle field all I could do was shout and call out for help.

Luckily, Appa heard me shouting and he came down running to see what was happening with me. As soon as my cousin saw him, he let me there and escaped from thrashings he would get by my appa for dragging me to play with the crackers on that deepavali day!

Oh I was 7 when this happened but then this was the story over all those years of Deepavali. On this beautiful festival of lights, we all cousins gathered together to celebrate it, morning puja, Delicious feast in the afternoon, New dresses and gifts and the best part was in the evening when all the kids had an awesome time in the evening bursting crackers. Usually Boys used to enjoy Guns, Bombs, Rockets and Girls used to be happy with sparkling crackers.

Appa had a very important task of bifurcating crackers among all the kids, each one of us used to get a share of different crackers and with a strict instruction of burning crackers only when some elders are around. Hardly any kid obeyed this order. I was shit scared of crackers and so all the cousins were fond of me, as they would get my share if they were good to me. But then cousins who wanted to bully over me would use this opportunity well and always scared me and entertained themselves.

These festivals bring back lot of beautiful memories associated with them over the years. As we all gathered again, I giggled seeing my cousins who are today Engineers, PHD holders and in very prestigious jobs thinking how once they you used to boast over the Biggest bomb they burst and how they were not scared a bit, How their Rockets flew and hit the moon, How one of them burst a bomb holding in hand and 3 days was hospitalized! How they used to imagine a battle field inside our home and run around holding guns shouting loud.

And BTW did I tell you I was scared of crackers? oh I am sorry, actually :D I am still scared of crackers. But now for not bursting crackers I polish it by the reason of being environmental friendly. Cousins who know me from those days laugh out loud at this!!!

And now yet again the festival is back with lot more josh, fun and festivity. And hoping to gather again and celebrate it with all our love and happiness. And so wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Deepavali, May this festival of lights bring lot of happiness and prosperity to all of you… Happy Deepavali…

18 comments:

Rahul Bhatia said...

Lovely post with a lot of nostalgia:) Ramya, you recreated the Deepavali of the yesteryears as if it was yesterday! Wish you keep writing like this and best wishes for the festival which brings even more light!!

Bikramjit said...

Thank you so much for the wishes.. and a very happy diwali to you and all family.. have fun and enjoy..

I cant wait for the 13th now.. I got my fireworks and yes got the biggest one available the 900shot.. barrage.. I love fireworks so very much..

You described it so nicely since we lived in a city all cousins at some point of their life stayed with us for their studies and all. So it use to be awesome at festivals .. their parents would also come to see their kids..

I was the eldest so meri chaandi as I got all the big ones.. and also the only male child was added bonus.. I got all thone that made a loud noice.. I guess that's why I still love crackers..


4 days to go... yayyyyyyyyy..

Have fun..

Nilanjana Bose said...

Happy Deepavali! I am scared of loud bangs too. Enjoyed the silent and the hiss and fizz much more than bangs :)

Play it safe and sparkly..and of course eco-friendly.

jahid said...

Nice reading. Most of us have good childhood memories with our cousins during the festivals. I miss my summer vacation days which i used to enjoy with my cousins :) Wishing you a very happy Diwali to u and ur family and to all of us ......

Ganesh Puttu said...

A nice, notalgic post reflecting the festival spirit..although i sense that there are more stories behind stories you are not telling us all..hope you tell the rest to in coming posts..And...Wish you a Happy Diwali Too

Ranjana said...

Amazing again.. I get the advantage of this and you environmentalist know the reason for this!!:D

Saru Singhal said...

Deepavali is fun. BTW you are quite opposite to me in that regard, at 7 I could go and fire any cracker.:P

Wish you happy and safe Diwali!

Ramya said...

@Rahul sir: Thanks for giving me those lines:D and thats so nice of you to praise me also :D thanks a lot for all your encouragement

Ramya said...

@Bikram: Thats such a joshful comments :D I can feel you excitement of going to meet your family and celebrating with them and also :D happy to see that little kid in you which is waiting to burst 900shots :D Have a fantastic, Bombastic and safe Deepavali

:) Since you are eldest at least now share your crackers with your younger cousins :D

Very happy to see you comment, you added more josh and festivity in me :D
Happy Happy deepavali to you and your family Bikram, do make a nice post for us to read about your celebrations :D

Ramya said...

@Nilanjana Bose: Yeah we both are on same boat NB, :D lets close our ears and see all the lights and colors :D
Have a fantastic Deepavali, My best wishes for you and your family

@Jahid: Yeah very true summer vacation was one thing I waited for :D to enjoy with cousins and grand parents I miss it too :(
Have a safe and fantastic Deepavali. My best wishes to you and your family.

Ramya said...

@Ganesh: hahaha :D there will be lot of stories :D and I need all of them for new posts so surely :) will keep writing about all of them :D
Deepavali Best wishes to you and your family :)

@Ranju: :P yeah I know you always enjoyed my share:) I am not scared I am just being environmental friendly :D Sisy

Ramya said...

@Saru: Waaaaaaaat all crackers at 7??? I just cant imagine even now ;)
But then sari :D My talk is so much so that appa says :D its worst than any cracker :D so I have the weapon with me already Born with it :D

Thanks for dropping in :D Happy Happy Deepavali to you and your family :D

Found In Folsom said...

Happy Deepawali Ramya. Have a blast! Lol...close your ears..brought back some nostalgic moments too..loved your post...though I'm not scared of crackers, somehow I always loved to watch people burn them...:) cute post.

matheikal said...

Diwali does not scare me as much as Holi. I can bear the decibels. The dust of Holi poisons my lungs giving me asthma. But I guess people like me have to put up with these festivals too just as we do with so many other dreadful things in life.

But you write well.

Raj said...

Such a sweet and lovely post to usher in Diwali this year. Hmm.. so you are environment friendly. Oh.. sorry… scared of crackers eh! Thank you so much for bringing back some wonderful Diwali memories of my childhood. It has always been and is a festival that makes our hearts rejoice and fly high in celebrations. And having so many loved ones and friends around makes it extra special. Wish you a wonderful Diwali and have lots and lots of fun. :)

Ramya said...

@Matheikal: Thanks a lot for your compliments and encouragement...
yeah so very true... about the thought on holi!!!

@Raj: yeah each one of us have fantastic memory with deepavali and it so much more grand to celebrated with loved ones around :)
Thanks a lot for your wishes and Many Many wishes for you and your family on this Deepavali

sawan said...

hopefully you had a peaceful environmental friendly diwali this time as well :D bless u ramya. happy diwali :)

Kappu said...

That is a polished and good reason too! I wish I can be like you!! ;)