I looked at her with a slight smirk - why is that Jamba? We had so much fun during the barbeque parties in the backyard, the basement get-togethers, picnic in the county parks, camping trips, Disney, Florida, Vegas, the ski trips to the mountains, the beach, theme parks - there were endless things?
I started laughing - I knew what she wanted to say - the festive aura around her was mesmerizing.
People - all nationality, old, young, men, women, kids, dressed to their festive tees - in rickshaws, on foot, on "thelas-and gaadis"; dancing, throwing colors and carrying Ganpati murti's on their hands and heads - screaming "Bappa-Bappa Morayaa" !!!
These people were not worried that someone was about to call 911 - or shout "Go away to your country", or even individuals trying to say - "hey this is a calm neighborhood" lets not shout our "GOD's" name to offend some other community or nationality !
These people were FREE and the festive spirit was not related to a specific human race in general, these were people of India - enjoying festival as it should be !!
As I looked at my kid taking lead on the vocal screeching alongwith all her cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents and all others - I knew my work was done to some extent !!
Meri Jaan, as some of you already know that I moved back from the US - 3 yrs back - the core idea was simple - wanting to give my kid the basic feel of living in Des make her see - what family and festivals mean - IN India.
Tomorrow you will venture towards your dreams, your world, your spirits, but this you will never forget - The Festive Spirit of India.
Enjoy this Jamba - walk up to the nearest shop to grab some chameli ke phool, fresh sev-chole, fresh nariyals, rangoli colors, paani-poori, bhel, vada-paav, misal, pop those sweets and enjoy the REAL zing and SCREAM - for no one should stop you from screeching the environment with those nagadas and dhol in the environment - Dance and Scream beta - Ganpati Bappa Morayaa !!!!
Meri Jaan, till we meet next, if you live abroad, please dont let your kids miss out on THE REAL things in life, let them be free, have fun, let them atleast fall in love with the spirit of India and I promise they will stay in loeve !!