Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On a Vijayadasami Day


Some places are like that..There would not be anything to see or there would not be anyone to meet. But we feel attached to it on some sentimental, emotional level.  There would not be anything important waiting for us, other than some deep, close to heart memories. You would have a true sense of roots. And yes,we call it personal because you alone can understand it. Deep within, you know that you belong there.  It is not necessary that you have to step inside those compound walls and breathe its air to drive nostalgic. Just the very name of it is all enough to remind your connection to that place - as the hospital where, you were born; as  the church where you received your Baptism or as the school, where you studied for the first time. 


 This is Kalakkath Tharavad at Killikkurissimangalam in  Lakkidi, near Ottapalam in Gods own Kerala. This is the good old ancestral house of great poet, Kunchan Nambiar.  

 I feel, I belong here. It  give a sense of bonding, a very special connection and it has a reason. This is the place where I opened my windows to that vast world of knowledge.  This is the place where I had written alphabets on that tray of rice grains. Yes, my Vidhyaramabam, happened here, on some 23 years back of now. More than anyone else, the narrow corridors and timbered roofs of his ancestral house would be remembering that beating pulse of little me.  When I marked the journey with my little fingers on those tiny grains then, I had never known that I would grow up to a 25 year girl to blog about it. I miss that 3 year old innocence, green pattupavadai and dad’s classic Yezdi bike, which took us to Lakkidi. 
 Despite, having an experienced grandmother, who had conducted the Ezhuthiniruthu  ceremony of all other members of our family ,my parents  took me to Lakkidi on a Vijayadasami Day. Irrespective of all the religious significance of being in a Christian family, they took me there. And I still wonder, why?

 Every year, I ask them, why did they, take me there rather than conducting the ceremony at home in the presence of elderly family members. Every time I ask, they say nothing about it. Till now, I didn’t get a proper answer.I know, certain questions are answer less and I can only smile to myself. It was written by Destiny.  I am happy that I belong to this place. It the place where the letters and alphabets are born to my fingertips. So I have a strong sense of attachment to here.

 Today one more, Vijayadasami  and I am particular that I want to post something on my blog. Years have passed, God has blessed me abundantly, but when it comes to Knowledge, I need it more, more and more. I know, I am greedy. But I can’t help it. I want to publish my Dissertation. I want to get a Doctoral Degree. I want to read beyond words. I want to write a book. Yes, that one book which is going to change my life and life of many others .I want to think, feel, imagine, read, write, love and learn till eternity…Yes, I am greedy with the blessings of alphabets written on those rice grains... 
  And, when I get into my Seventies, I want to visit,  Kalakkath Tharavad  with my granddaughter and say,  
My alphabets belong to this place

12 comments:

  1. That was pretty awesome Ashitha.
    Happy Vijayadasami. I wish you get all that you aim.

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    1. Thank u so much for you wishes, Sathish . I feel, I am blessed by people like you around me...

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  2. some festivals and rituals have a place beyond the binds of religion. They should be seen as such so. I like the concept behind vijaydashmi despite being a christian too.

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    1. Jerly chechi, true. When we are able to look at it, beyond those binds and bias, it shows the maturity of mind. Thank u so much for your valuable words...

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  3. Grt :) :) Happie Vijayadasami dear sis Ashi..God Bless :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Bro.. You are one of my treasured readers :)

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  4. I know I am late at wishing you, but it's never late as they say. After all it's the victory of good over bad, so it can happen any time. I loved your post, I wish you all the best for all the dreams that you mentioned here dear :) take care, btw I loved your header. It seems to say a lot of things with such serenity & beauty :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Tanya. Welcome to my space. You have a lovely blog dear. I am preparing to participate in the contest. Will post it soon.. Thanks in ton for ur wishes. I am happie ;-)

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  5. May all your dreams come true!..Belated Happy Vijayadasami Ashitha:)

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