Monday, October 31, 2005

Divali & Ramzan

I just looove this time of the year! It’s the season of Divali and Ramzan. But sadly in Bombay there doesn’t seem to be a festive atmosphere anywhere! All I saw were a few shops and homes lit with a few desultory lights. Or may be I’m just too much into my college work and internship duties. :(
I miss Hyderabad so much right now. At this time of the year the air is crisp and cold and the streets of Hyderabad are suffused with a festive spirit. All the shops are lit up with colourful, twinkling lights arranged in all kinds of shapes and designs; the jewelry shops are decked with garlands of flowers in the most amazing designs!
All the little cafés are filled with people savouring the delicacies that Ramzan has to offer – haleem, hareesh, paya, kheer etc etc. And this is not limited to only Muslims; Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs; everyone who is basically a non-vegetarian has a great time in relishing all this lovely food.
The old city looks even more beautiful, the Charminar is beautifully lit as people throng there to buy clothes, accessories from the famous “choodi bazaar” and to of course gorge on all the marvelous food!


During Divali and Ramzan, Hyderabad truly gets transformed in to a fairy town! Everything just looks so beautiful! The Public Gardens buildings are also lit up beautifully!
And at this time the best thing to do is to go to the Golcunda Fort to watch the light and sound show. It really takes you back to the olden times, and you can imagine so clearly what all had taken place so very long ago! The partly animated movie, “Bhagmati” is based on the love story of prince Mohd.Quli Qutub Shah, the fourth Qutub Shahi ruler, and Bhagmati, a court dancer.
That brings us to the Qutub Shahi tombs. These tombs have some lovely architectural qualities (By the way, the climax of “Mohra” plus the song “main cheez badi hoon mast mast” has been shot at the Qutub Shahi tombs. The maze like place where Naseeruddin Shah beats up Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty is a place that we kids used to love to go to, whenever we went there for picnics.) These tombs are also are lit up in muted colours.
This year I thought I would not be able to go down to Hyderabad to celebrate Divali with my family, as I’ve still not completed my internship. And I was terribly depressed because of that. I couldn’t believe that I would not be able to participate in the pooja, or go for a long midnight drive, watching all the rockets burst in to iridescent showers of light…
Of course, it all just boils down to having a great time with family and friends! And now I’m just so glad that I’ll be able to go down at least this year to be there with my family. Who knows where I’ll be next year. But at present I’m the happiest girl on this planet! Hyderabad, here I come! :D

I’ll be gone for a week, so I won’t be able to blog or blog hop for a while now. :(

HAPPY DIVALI AND EID MUBARAK TO EVERYONE!!

19 comments:

hotICE said...

hey!!

Happy Diwali and Eid Mubarak to all! have fun

the Monk said...

Well, around this time of the year, a festive air pervades all of b'lore (i think i've mentioned this in one of my posts)....it's amazing, the capacity of the ppl of this city to just go out and have a good time...the rains seem to have had little impact on the festivities..anyway, happy diwali and eid mubarak...have a blast (pardon the pun; kya karen, control nahin hota hai)....

Gumnaaaam said...

Nice post !!

And now I’m just so glad that I’ll be able to go down at least this year to be there with my family

WOW...thts kool...Dont let a moment go away ..Enjoy every bit of it for these are the instants when one dips himself into colors of life and paint liveliness for the rest of his life !!

Wishing u and ur family a very Happy and diwali and Eid mubarak :))

Me said...

I went to Hyderabad two years back. Its a beautiful city.. so clean and disciplined...& the Golcunda Fort is excellent ... though I missed the light & sound show...
Happy Deepabali...enjoy...

The man in the box said...

Hey happy diwali!

Its gonna make one hell of a festive season there, both Id and Diwali at the same time.

And remember, no matter what they say, it is always safer to fire crackers in front of your neighbour's house.

PuNeEt said...

Fantastic Post...

Hey celebrations do happen here yaar...
Its a cosmo so may not be in that typicall manner...

Wishing u too a very Happy Diwali n Eid Mubarak...

I'm freaking on sweets... n hope ur enjoying them too ;-)

have fun

take care
and come back soon

Cheers

Arz000n said...

Awesome there Phoenix!!

When I reached the end of the post na...I saw that Eid Mubarak wala snap...

for a moment I thoght it was yet another tattoo on ur hand or wht

:))

Happy Diwali and Eiddd mubarak from ur Patient no 10.

Take care and Enjoy!!

Arz000n said...

Ever noticed this...
diwALI and RAMzan

:)

Gumnaaaam said...

Hey ..... !!!!!
Wht an observation arz000n
Superb !

hatss off ! :)

exasparater said...

hmmm!

cool post. belated diwali and ramzan wishes

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Hotice!
I know it's late in the day, but happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too.

Hi Monk!
happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. The pun was appreciated! :D

Hi Gumnaaam!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too.

Hi Avik!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. Maybe next time you come down to Hyderabad, you can catch the sound nad light show. It's really beautiful!

Hi TMTB!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. I'll remember that the next time! You don't miss Hyderabad, especially at this time of the year?

Hi Puneet!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. And thanks a lot!
Yeah, I guess you are right.
I don't really have a sweet tooth, so I don't freak out on sweets; the rest of my family does tho'! :)

Hey Arz000n!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to my Patient no. 10!! :))
When I get my next tattoo, I'll definitly post it on my blog! :D
I'd read "diwALI and RAMzan" on a billboard ad for a newspaper. If only people would realize that all of us are not so different from one another!

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Hotice!
I know it's late in the day, but happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too.

Hi Monk!
happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. The pun was appreciated! :D

Hi Gumnaaam!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too.

Hi Avik!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. Maybe next time you come down to Hyderabad, you can catch the sound nad light show. It's really beautiful!

Hi TMTB!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. I'll remember that the next time! You don't miss Hyderabad, especially at this time of the year?

Hi Puneet!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to you too. And thanks a lot!
Yeah, I guess you are right.
I don't really have a sweet tooth, so I don't freak out on sweets; the rest of my family does tho'! :)

Hey Arz000n!
Happy Divali & Eid Mubabrak to my Patient no. 10!! :))
When I get my next tattoo, I'll definitly post it on my blog! :D
I'd read "diwALI and RAMzan" on a billboard ad for a newspaper. If only people would realize that all of us are not so different from one another!

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Exasperator!
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Happy Divali and Eid Mubabrk to you too.
And thanks! :)

Arz000n said...

You travelling back to Mumbai na today??

Hope you have a safe journey back here.

Take care Phoenix :)

AmitKen said...

hope u had a great festive time. Belated Wishes :o))

take care!

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi Arz000n!
Thanks a lot! That's sweet of you! :)
Am in Bombay now. Back to the daily grind now! :(

Hey Amitken!
Belated wishes to you too.

:..M..: said...

Ohhhhh..this awoke so much of nostalgia in me!!! I miss Hyd too. Way too much for words - and you know how much!

Invincible said...

so you back from ur sweet vacation !!
How was it. Must have been affluent with fun.

Your portrayal of Diwali n Eid of Hyderabad was inspirational. Someday i wud want to visit this city during festive season.

Phoenix Rises said...

Hi M!
Yeah! I know how much you miss Hyderabad! WE are both sailing in the same boat!

Hi Invincible!
I did have a lotta fun, but now I'm paying for it by having less time to finish all my projects. :(
You should come to Hyderabad sometime, it's a fantastic place!