Friday, January 13, 2012

Shubho Sankranti

“Oh! Crayons work it seems, green white yellow and red; swaying, flying and quarrelling on the blue bed...Kites they are; happiness bizarre….”

Few days back, while strolling on the terrace I watched closely our neighbor kids playing around with their kites. With colorful designs, imprints new and their long jazzy tail, and tied with sharp manja everybody was keen towards the sky. Watching their colorful fight up above in the sky, I wrote a few lines and updated on Facebook; a part of which I mentioned above in quotes. 
I wish if I could also fly kites. I never learned how to, excuses for it are lame and I won’t mention them here. But by just watching them I feel it must be enjoyable to hold yourself a little high, and control your grooves with competent skills you apply.

Makar Sankranti is near. Not near, it is just here in fact. On 14th of January, we will be celebrating this festival. Another important festival of India, another credit worthy that makes India a colorful country. Color signifies variations of shades, a visual attribute of things from the light they emit. :) And this holds so true for India.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated for various reasons, in innumerable ways depending upon the location, cultural background and climatic conditions within India. It is observed as a harvest festival. Offerings and prayers to the Lord for the better harvest of crops is observed. Apart from this, Makar Sankranti also stands for movement of the Sun from Tropic of Capricorn to Tropic Cancer. In fact the term Sankranti stands for this very transmigration of the Sun. 
According to the Hindu mythology, period after mid-December is said to be inauspicious. No sacred rituals or holy practices are recommended during this period. Makar Sankranti brings end to this inauspicious phase and fetches good fortunes. :)
Happiness to have entered into the auspicious season calls for celebration. And to celebrate, the way shall be yours, this is what I recommend. :D However the customary forms of celebration include flying kites, preparation of sweets and several dishes. Sweets made from ‘Til’ and jaggery are known for this festival. And do you know the importance of Til? January is too cold and eating Til will keep you warm. :) 

We have given various names to Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Maghi, Bihu, Pongal. Though each part of India has a different name for it, a different taste to add, a different cultural background at play, but you know the fervor of felicity and happiness is everywhere sound and profound. And happiness gets more with sharing. And I share with you here. Happy Makar Sankranti to all of you. :)

Our family has something more to celebrate. Tomorrow, that is on 13th of January it’s my Papa’s birthday. So there is an added bonus for us. And while I was typing this I was wondering what shall I be gifting my papa on his birthday? It is very much difficult to decide. I don’t earn. And to buy him something from the money that’s his, I am doing no good. :(
Lots of love, and to be a good son is what I can afford with the best right now. 
I wish if a better term I could use for the word gift, if something special I could add to this;
That better I want to buy, wrapped with smiles hundred, a bundle to unpack the bliss. :) 


  1. Sounds as if I would like this celebration, kites and food, what better way to party. Your papa will love the "gift" of a smiling and loving son to have near him on his special day.

  2. Wishing you a happy day and a great celebration!

  3. Hello Anshul.
    The best gift you can give to your dad for his special day is your love. Hug him & tell him you love him. He will always cherish those memories & the added bonus for you is that your love is free & priceless (smile).
    Enjoy your celebrations and your dad.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Harp Of My Soul

  4. @jan - yes jan...thats the best way to party on this occassion. :) I will be giving a warm hug with lots of smiles to Dad. :)

    @Corinne mam - Thanks mam...wishing the same for you too.

    @Andy Sir - Your comments are also like the poetic creations you give. Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

  5. very nice.... wishing u and ur family a very happy makar sankranti... enjoy the festival with ur family members... be ready for the day... don't miss to eat dahi,chura and tilkut.. :)

  6. Birthday wishes and regards to your dad. He will be very proud of you. Happy sankranti...have fun.

  7. @Ashish - thx :)

    @Janki di - Same to you too di.. :)

  8. YES, "Be a good son Anshul".....i am sure this will be the best gift for him....:)


  9. @Irfan sir - Yes sir. I am trying to be the best I can. Happy Makar Sankranti to you and to your family... :)

    and birthday wishes

  11. @Sm - thank you so much..:) wishing the same for you too. :)

  12. Who says you don't know how to fly kites? I am flying high in the sky thanks to your expressions in this kite; I am proud that you are my son! I thank all your friends too for their best wishes.