Nirmal Shekar, one of my favourite Sport writers once wrote in an article, “Nostalgia, to be sure, is a disease, a disease that not even a double dose of reality can cure. It is as common as cold in many of us who look back to our golden yesterday and then sigh, ‘Ah, nothing is what it used to be.’” And at this very moment I can feel my entire system giving way for that incurable disease to take complete control over me; to drag me to my home town where you would see me celebrate the festival of Onam with great pomp and show. It was sheer fun then, filled with immense joy. But with the passage of time, most of us leaving our home town in pursuit of a decent career, all such celebrations have come to an end. Things do not look the same.
There was always a lot of work involved on this festive day in preparing the delicious food served to the entire family. But today we get everything in packaged format. It was fun to be involved in lot of discussions on a day like Onam, for those were the occasions when all members of the family met at a single location. Hasn’t television taken away a major part of that fun by showing some special programs (most of which are really boring) on a day like Onam, including a couple of three hour movies that generally gets over in exactly double the time frame of the actual movie timing, with lot of advertisements every five minutes or so? Television to a larger extent has been largely responsible for making people look lazy on occasions of this sort. Why blame T.V., blame ourselves for switching it on and keep it switched on from dusk to dawn. Otherwise, there used to preparations for the festival starting as early as 4:00 A.M. Anyway, things have changed and it would be foolish on my part not to accept this change and adapt myself to it.
I have already written a post about the Onam festival here and I wouldn’t want to repeat myself. I wish all of you a Happy Onam. Please celebrate this festival of joy in whichever way you can.