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Back in Mumbai

7:46 PM

If you don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have missed it. But I have been away since the 19th and just came back yesterday. Where? Lucknow, where we celebrated Diwali with DH's family.
I meant to blog and let you know I would be away before leaving, but between parents teacher meeting, Ishita deciding to catch a viral fever just before leaving, packing and all...I just didn't have the energy to devote to the idea of writing something...anything.
We caught an early flight to Delhi on the 19th, and stayed with my BIL and his family for two days, then did a quick trip and overnight stay at a friend's place in Gurgaon before catching yet another really early flight to Lucknow on the 22nd. We then stayed there seven days during which we just got caught in a merry whirlwind of festivities, games of teen patti (a gambling card game commonly played during the Diwali period), steadily flow of relatives visits, and even steadier flow of food, sweets and chaats.
I did keep with the tradition of making a rangoli in my in-laws house for Diwali (pictures to come later). We took Ishita to the Bara Immambara, and did go to the bhulbulaya, where they ignored the fact I am a PIO and still charged me the foreigner price. And before you know it it was time to go back to Mumbai. Yet another early flight...but preceded by just two hours of sleep due to a bout of insomnia.
Insomnia probably induced by a heavy stomach full of Chole Puri, insomnia fuelled by Ishita talking in her sleep while clearly practicing karate or kick boxing at the same time. Insomnia that had me snippy, and zombie like the whole morning, and beyond caffeine repair. Insomnia that left me exhausted, and vomiting a mere few hours after reaching our home and slightly feverish all of today. My lack of sleep made my digestive tract sluggish and possibly brought my immunity down as well. But I am back and on the mend. Facing another 10 days of school holidays, and needing a few days to re-energise my introverted self.
Because, as fun as this trip has been, it was 10 days of not much solicitude, and way too much socialising. Those of you who are extroverts will not understand, but if you are like me an introvert, you understand how draining it was as well.
Meanwhile, the horrid weather we left on the 19th seem to have yielded way to much more pleasant days to come in Mumbai, still a bit hot, but less humid already. Which is really great considering I was dreading getting hit by the city's usual ickiness after spending 10 days in the super awesome Fall like weather Delhi and Lucknow are experiencing right now.
I have a lot of pictures I'll be able to use in future blog posts to upload to my computer. But today I only had the energy to finish unpacking between naps and my focus on getting better health wise.
Those who celebrated, how did you spend your Diwali?


  1. Insomnia & viral fever?
    YUK! Hope you are feeling better soon.
    Just got back from Delhi & an extended trip to Srinagar.
    Diwali seemed a bit subdued this year in Delhi, no big sales in the stores & not a lot of decorations or even fireworks as previous years. My trip started with celebrating Eid Al Adha (festival of sacrifice) & ended with a funeral. I am truly exhausted also.
    Sleep tight!

    1. It was a bit more muted in Lucknow too, people are bursting less and less crackers which I think is a good idea, but yep less of a shopping frenzy too. I noticed the shopping thing in Mumbai rather than in Lucknow or Delhi. my guess is that with every single festivals in the festive season becoming massive commercial affairs people are less likely to go all out on just Diwali, and stores have been offering Ganpati, Navratri, Eid and everything in between offers.

      Sorry to hear about the funeral. Get plenty of rest yourself.

    2. Anonymous5:36 PM

      I traveled to Maharashtra, to Shirdi to pay my homage to Sai Baba during Diwali. It was my long cherished desire. The Shirdi town reverberates with a certain holiness. All around there are fields full of sugarcane, grapes, cotton and bananas. We reached there a day before Diwali and got the darshan on the morning of Diwali. We caught the midnight aarti at the sai temple at 4.00 am next day. It was a beautiful experience. The entire town seems to reverberate with beautiful Sai bhajans. Long after you have left they keep on playing in your minds. Sai baba did have an incredible personality. All hotels and establishments start with "Sai" there. .

      I saw people making beautiful rangoli on Diwali. Nobody uses electric lights there. They use clay lamps. It is was amazing to see diwali being celebrated the traditional way. We city dwellers are not aware of such traditions.

      The entire area is full of temples, shrines and agricultural production. Agricultural and religious tourism can become the engines for developing Maharashtra if somebody used their brains. I think it is the same with for the entire country. Agriculture and religion is omnipresent in India.

      There is something about temple towns like Shirdi, Vaisno Devi and Tirupati. Nobody sleeps, life keeps on moving. Commerce has lot to do with it. But I feel that there is some divine energy in such places which keeps everyone awake and alive. The devotees come from far off places to see god and forgo their sleep. This effort itself fills them with divine energy. Most aartis take place in the early hours of morning. You have to stand in a long line and at the end of the it all you feel you have achieved something.

      Have you been to any holy place in India Shirdi, Tripuati, Vaishno Devi?? Shirdi is nearby, you must visit it. It is a beautiful experience.

      There is so much to experience in this incredible country, there is no reason why our country should remain poor, if these resources are properly utilized.


    3. Looks like you had a good time! I have never been there, but that sounds like a good idea for a long weekend getaway.
      There is definitely a lot of potential I. Developing agricultural tourism in Maharashtra. I remember reading of a few farms that offer weekends boarding and let vests have hands on experience working on the farm and learn about nature, but they are few. There is more that can be developped

    4. Anonymous10:56 AM

      Shirdi can a good spot for religious tourism as there are many temples around. Most of them are ancient. Nashik, aurangabad, ajanta ellora caves are around two hours drive from there. Most of the shrines are in rural areas and could do with a better management.

      Btw have you been to vaishno devi the mother of all shrines in north india. You have to climb a mountain to get there. Ofcourse it has lots of shops, resting places etc. The road is very good. You won't feel lonely and since u love walking, fourteen kilometres of trekking will give u ample opportunity to indulge in your favourite past time. U won't need to walk for a few weeks. This is what i love about shrines, there is such adventure. Vaishno devi is very well organized and most celebrated of all shrines in popular culture.

      After the darshan u have to climb another two kilometres for another temple. U may feel slightly breathless. U start climbing in the evening walk the whole night and come down in the morning. There are hundreds of people coming up and down. Those who cannot walk can hire carriers or ponies. Give it a try u it is great fun.

      Bte what about your health. All that mithai must have taken a toll in your sugar levels.

    5. I am sure I would enjoy the trek, my husband...not so much, he has early onset of arthritis and freaks out at the idea of working out too much.
      I limited the mithai a lot, I just can't handle that much sugar, but just the carb heavy meal were enough to get my body out of whack, I am really glad to be back to salads, proteins and less starchy food. My digestive tract is finally feeling happy again.

    6. Anonymous4:56 PM

      Then i think you guys have to settle for shirdi. There is an interesting place called shani shignapur near shirdi. It has a temple deficated to god shani. The houses there don't have doors because there is no threat of theft. It is believed that he who steals incurs the warth of shani dev. So no doors. The shrine consists of a black rock on which mustard oil is poured. Now u cannot go near it but pour oil in a box from where oil goes to a vessel above the deity. The oil then goes to a pit where it is recycled. Quiet ingenious.

      The second one is bhooshmeswar shiv temple where men have to remove their upper body clothes and belt and purse for darshan. Strange customs. What about winters i thought. The shani temple did not allow women but now they have relaxed their rules. Every place as legends, myths and strange customs.


  2. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Nice to know that you guys had fun! Get well soon. Pictures please!!!

    1. Coming soon. many will make great pictures for my India in Picture series.


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