SWAGGER !

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Its a naughty one, that!
The shot was minutes after she stole a fried chicken wing from the kitchen and savored under the sun-worn plastic table in the yard. Pleased, she then  jumped on it to display her majesty!

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Dahi Chiura

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My wife and I are being blessed by a baby anyday now. So our relatives come over with curd and beaten rice to feed my wife.

The belief is that this will bless us with a fair child. So every one close to us will come over with curd and beaten rice and various other sweets and delicacies for the “to be” mother.

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Watching the world go by…

I’m pretty old I think, with my 30 years behind me and a lot of reminisces to keep me smiling during recollections of the past. How prices were pretty low, how we actually PLAYED ON THE STREETS, how dad first brought the TV home, the first day at school, college, university, the first bicycle, bike, car, the first audio system, the surround system, CD player, DVD player, BluRay experience, and so forth….

Imagine my granny sitting next to me, looking at the streets totally puzzled which place she is in. When I tell here where that street actually is, she asks me to shut up and stop lying to her, c’z that concrete lane used to be a swamp during the days she actually frequented the markets – probably 50 odd years ago. I just try to imagine the changes she must have gone through as she tells me when electricity wires first reached our house, when my grandfather purchased the first wall clock, the first radio, etc.

I wonder if things keep on changing the same way, will I be able to adopt to the life 40 years from now? if I survive that age I mean… I wonder…

over a Century!

Q. Who has seen this world change by over the last century with their own eyes?
A. My Granny has!

Pasni

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasni_(celebration):

Pasni, the Weaning Ceremony is one in hundreds of celebrations in Nepal in which a child is first fed rice. Although centuries old tradition, modern science has established the fact that child’s digestive system is capable of processing solid food when they are approximately 6 months old. This is why Pasni is held when baby is 6-month-old but it is different in daughters and sons.

This ceremony is held at five months for daughters, and six months for sons. An auspicious date and time is chosen by an astrologer, usually a Hindu, and all the closest relatives are invited to witness and to celebrate. The rice is the first and easily digestible solid food baby eats. This custom varies with the variation of religion, caste and also place. Like mangolians GurungMagar serve with kheer which is rice cooked with milk and sugar similarly BrahminKshatris also do same. Whereas myriads of dishes are prepared and served in Newar. All the dishes are served in one giant woven plate of leaves.

Baby is dressed in saffron silk cloth (although modern families will often put a diaper (nappy) on, to minimize accidents.) The baby is held by the paternal aunt while the entire family feed her or him the first taste of rice. Musicians playing traditional music can be invited to start the function at the given auspicious time. After the baby has eaten, she or he will undergo another extensive puja (worship ceremony) often led by a priest or the oldest member of the household or clan, and accompanied by chanting from ancient scriptures.

For the rest of the day, the baby is dressed in a special outfit, usually made of red velvet and embroidered with silver and golden thread. The child is offered with gifts, money by close relatives, and gold and silver ornaments by grandparents. These ornaments include heavy silver anklets (kalli) carved with dragon at both the ends to keep the bad omens away from baby. These ornaments can be handed on as heirlooms.

Pasni ceremonies have become extensively lavish these days, with large parties of not just close relatives, but also colleagues and friends being invited for the event. The guests, numbering in their hundreds, partake in a wedding-style banquet under tents, which are often catered by commercial catering agencies. They also bring gifts for the child, a new custom that has become more popular with the commercial rise of clothes, toys and other gift items targeted towards children.

Simpler ceremonies are also performed in temples dedicated to female tantric deities, with only a few relatives in attendance.

The ceremony varies from family to family as they incorporate their own long-standing family traditions.