Waking up with the feeling of nostalgia only to find out that your parents are missing you too is overwhelming and one of the worst feelings ever.
Ashtami alone brings so many memories; I can’t even recollect all of them in one place.
But my favorite memory of this festival is taking a day off from school, waking up at 6 am, wearing beautiful traditional clothes, selecting a purse to keep all the money and gifts, and watching all our neighbors fight as to who will take the girls next.
We would come home with our bags and plates full. And the best part was coming home to eat the Prashad that my mother had cooked, and then my mom would count all the money we had collected. Later that night, we would treat everyone with that money.
Years passed by, and then in 2020, when all of us were at home, I was the one who had to do the puja and all the rituals. How the time flies by!
But today, we are in different cities trying to “settle” down and create a life for ourselves.
It’s during the festivals that I miss home the most.
Amidst all this, the one thing that I can’t seem to get my head around is how all the families in our neighborhood would shop local to give us some goodies along with the Prashad. T
At that time, I might not have understood this, but now I do, how shopping locally would have helped the local merchants to celebrate the festival with just as much enthusiasm.
Even those local merchants would have spread some smiles to those little Lakshmis, no? Wow, what a ripple effect it is and a great realization too!
With those days, the beauty of shopping locally is also lost now. It’s somewhere around still existing, but we have been consumed by the bring brands and multiple chain stores.
It’s high time that we come out of the bubble of brands and help to spread some smiles and enjoy the ripple effect.
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Happy Ashtami, y’all.