What say you ?
If you've already been here (psst, its her b'day today) and here, then you know what I am talking about. Its NaBloWriMo time, ok ok, don't run, its National Blog Writing Month! I have always tried to blog more often but I never really do it, so this is going to be another attempt, to post every single day this month, well if not everyday, then hopefully every week day :) (see, I've already made room for excuses!!)
But hey, Happy Navaratri to all of you!Have the celebrations begun at your place ? Here is a photo of the kolu/bommala koluvu/doll arrangement in my home at Hyd by my mother. This is a fun festival for kids I think, (not that the rest aren't :P), I remember helping my mom set-up a zoo, a village scene, cricket ground, temple scene and so many more each year, and this was just for the area beside the main arrangement. There isn't one this time :(
On the topmost level is the Ashtalakshmi set, below that the Dasavatharam (no, its not Kamal hassan! can you believe that all the results for a google search of the word relate to the movie!!) collection and below that in the chettiar family, the cutest of the lot. We had an older pair of dolls with the famous wobbling head, but over the years they got chipped. They represent the business class and have tiny vessels containing grains, salt and spices. We had other dolls to depeciting various mythalogical characters over the years, like Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman; Radha-Krishna; and then there were dancers, soldiers and many others. Each family has their own unique collection and some handed down through generations. My mom has three main steps this year with two tinier ones at the bottom (odd numbered always), we've also had six main steps a few years, aah miss those days. I have so many little stories connected to this festival, but I can't use up all of then in one day right?, so stay tuned :D
Now tell me what you did or how you remember celebrating it as a child ? I'm off to listen to the VP debate now.