I was on my cell phone catching up with my sister after a long time. I heard the home phone ring and saw it was my FIL from India. Hanging up in a hurry, K and I settled on the couch with the phone on speaker. “Happy Vishu!” said my FIL and went on to explain how he decorated the picture frame of Krishna and kept a mirror and loads of fruits in front. As he talked to us, we could sense his restlessness as he waited for his precious granddaughter to come home for her “Vishu Kaineetam”. After blessing us with a long life and plenty of happiness and material successes he hung up.
In the moments before sleep took over, I remember Tamizh New Year’s day as one vastly different from the ones my in laws celebrated. Vishu was something I had only heard of from my aunt’s in laws. It was a day filled with wishing people and devouring vadai, payasam and vepam poo pacchadi that amma made. It was also the day the new panchangam was opened. New clothes made an appearance too. And the TV programs.
So, today as I stopped before my small cabinet filled with an assortment of pictures and figurines, I realized how much I had become part of ‘their’ family. Vishu did not sound as strange. I even looked forward to decorating a picture and celebrating new beginnings with as much glee as my FIL exuded over the phone. I was half tempted to ask my sis if she did anything ‘their’ way.
While I mull the pleasant changes in my life, here’s wishing all of you a very happy ‘Virodhi’ varusham. May this year bring plenty of joy, peace of mind and happiness all around.
Iniya Puthandu Nal Vazhthukkal!!!