so i decide to postpone the vratam for today. Got the whole house on a roll, shouted, screamed and blackmailed everyone to chip in, cleaned the multitude of spots on the carpet, set up the pooja area last night. And donno what got into me, I opened up the phone book and called people whom I haven’t spoken to in a while.
got up in the morning, and a mad rush again – for the CD. Found the cassette with the puja on it, and the tape’s all twisted. Okay! so, what do i do, but turn to my good pal for help.
Type “varalakshmi vratam” in the small google search, and it handed me on a platter multitude of links, that I could download or listen to the whole puja. so, d/l i did, and finished the nombu. I told this to a couple of pals who think am a little too much of a scatterbrain and a lil too hi-fi to resort to teh internet for the religious ritual.
But then, look at it this way, for a person like me, I take less time finding things by googling them, than by searching through my filing. Even to the extent that i hardly have any bookmarks on my system. Why bother?
Varalakshmi puja always scared me. it just seemed to be too long, and too tedious as a kid. Now, the realplayer says it is 51.00 mts. That ain’t bad at all.
A fresh-of-the-boat friend exclaims ‘wow, u guys do it so well’ – well, there’s no reason not to, when even the puja is being streamed down to you, when betel leaves are sold 10/$1 and coconuts are found aplenty.
Either way, this year was good. I feel good at least. My k1 voluntarily woke up, showered, dressed in a kurta and jeans, raced and joined me in the puja. She closed her eyes and bowed her head with serious intensity.
It felt all worth it.