Friday, June 28, 2013

Bappa!:)

Alright, so I didn't think I'd get to writing my second post so soon, but we'll be eating out tonight...so got some free time now and here I am!

Today I want to jot down my thoughts and memories about Bappa...Ganapati Bappa:). Every new step in life is taken with the blessings of Bappa and so my first 'real' post too will be about him:)

Although I am not a Hindu by religion, I have immense faith in Bappa, and in fact I've seen so over the years that he is one such God who is adored by one and all.

I pray to him every day, and am surrounded by him all the time. He's placed in our pooja room at home, on top of the entrance to our kitchen, on the nameplate outside, on my office desk and lastly in my purse! Yes, that's right, I carry a very small, silver idol of Ganesha with me all the time -- it was the first gift from Nikhanj (my dear husband) after our engagement. I was so touched on seeing the gift that I cried, it was just...perfect!

Another experience that I want to share is about Siddhi Vinayak. Mums (my mother) is from Mumbai...and yes, I forgot to say she is a staunch believer in Bappa and it is from her that I have developed this bonding with Bappa....so every summer hols when we went to Mumbai, we surely visited the Siddhi Vinayak temple - a ritual we follow till date whenever we go to Mumbai. Besides the route from Dadar station to my grandpa's home, the route to Siddhi Vinayak is the only one I've managed to remember in all these years and numerous visits to Mumbai (yes, am pathetic at geography and directions). And the reason is that visiting the Siddhi Vinayak temple is something I've always looked forward to!

It is not an act of superstition, it is something I immensely feel happy about. It is such a happy experience each time we go there, what strikes me most is this amazing unifying effect that Siddhi Vinayak has on the people. Forget refusing, the taxi driver's face lights up upon hearing that you want to go to Siddhi Vinayak, and if it happens to be his 'boni' (the first ride of the day), then it's as if you've made his day!
Then comes the queue to the temple, I have always observed that you will find here people from all religions, all walks of life, age groups, socio-economic status...all seeking Bappa's darshan and blessings. The aura and the vibes around you...it's fascinating, you have to experience it to believe it.
And then the final experience once you are inside the temple, there will be some rushing by the police/guards to hurry the darshan, but the idol isn't placed like at the end of some long passage, the broad enclosure
assures proximity and gives decent time to view the idol. You just smile when you see the idol, which is in fact true for any of Bappa's idol, he has such a calming effect.
And once outside the enclosure, you can sit for any amount of time in the surrounding hall/stairs. And that is also where the idol of Oondhar Mama (in Gujarati, Oondhar means mouse and Mama means maternal uncle. Mouse is Ganesha's mount, and is fondly addressed as Oondhar Mama) is placed. So, it is so believed, that whatever wish you want Bappa to fulfil, you whisper it into Oondhar Mama's ear and he will convey it to Bappa - as I child when Mums first told this to me, I was wonder-struck and immediately did so enthusiastically - and that feeling stays to this day. My mother looks on smiling how every time, even after all these years, I go whisper in a child-like manner in Oondhar Mama's ear:)

Well obviously, one post is by no means enough and I can simply go on and on about Bappa, but time to sign off now. But feeling really happy after writing this post:)...thanks Bappa for being with me always!

Stay Happy,
Khyati:)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My First Blog and First Post!

Feels great:)...there are many things that I want to do in life...no particular wish list, although some I've been wanting to do since I was a kid...like learning to play the piano...one day am sure I will!

But there are some others which fascinate me randomly, maybe linger for a while and then get lost in my daily milieu...having a blog is one such thing that I've been bumping into time and again...and so today here it is!

I am not sure what I'll write about or how my blog will take shape...but I am almost always thinking about so many things at the same time!!...so maybe this would be a good idea to pen down those thoughts...hence I chose the name happyjottings for my blog's URL.

So that's it for today, gotta go make dinner now.

Stay happy,
Khyati:)