happiness

What Matters Most.

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My life is quite different from the last time I posted in here. Today when I logged in, I had no intention to write anything, majorly because these days, my writing sessions involve a private text I probably won’t be showing anyone. I have always shared here whatever I have felt and I think that it’s time I deal with my feelings alone so I don’t bother sharing it online, however, my logging in and taking a brief look at my site made me realize that I have neglected for a year now and it hadn’t done me any good, so I thought that a little sharing won’t hurt me in the slightest. It might as well help me make my mind more clear, so here goes…

As we grow up, things around us change, gradually very slowly, each day passes and it doesn’t feel like things are changing, yet somehow things seems nothing like before when we take a look at the picture from a distance. In the course of these changes, we have to take certain decisions, based on certain parameters which lead our life to the point where we are. I have always taken decisions based on what makes me happy, it was never difficult, because as a child, our parents taught us to take decisions based, first on morale followed by what pleases us, resulting in us becoming somewhat confident individuals, but there comes a time when you have to fight for your own self, your family cannot protect you any more, may be because you grow up. Currently I am in a situation where I fail to understand what is more important to me, rather I do not understand that what would make me more happy. Even if I do figure out the source of happiness, the route leading towards it also have some barriers, which are very very difficult to cross. If I choose the path having no barrier, I may get lost in my pursuit leading towards failure. In short, I can definitely not explain the tidal waves after waves of panic and changed decisions roaring inside me, making me double minded, for the first time in my life ever!  But I have shared it in the hope that someone might relate and it is always better to find out that you are not the only one. I am not asking you to share you story, in fact I want my dilemma to be of some use to any one out there who’d feel as confused as I am.

 

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THE HUNDREDTH POST!!

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imagesThis is officially my hundredth post, I have been writing since 22 December 2011, so its been 20 months of my blogging. Even though it is a long time to complete a hundred posts, but I wasn’t a much active blogger initially and it took me almost a year to discover the daily post, so after starting on the daily prompts, my writing speed and skills both flourished. When I had done my seventy posts, I was sure that it’ll be a month and I will be done with my 100 posts, but it was not that easy, why, because, after that day, it took me more than 2 months to complete because of my work load, and other stuff. Even though I had not started my blog with a target of a 100 posts it feels great that I have managed it and I also feel shocked about some of the things which I have actually written myself. 😀

EID POST!

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It has almost been a month since my last post, except for that special birthday one. Now this, yet again is a special post again because its an EID post. Here I am going to share a few very traditional parts of this celebrating festival of the Muslim Ummah. Even though Ramadan itself is a festive month for us, because of the fasts, iftar, sehar and all, EID is a celebrating occassion and a gift from Allah for fasting for one whole month without an interruption, and is celebrated at the beginning of the 10th Month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Enough introduction, I guess, I’d better move on to a reflection of its true colours.

The special part of my and my sister’s eid dresses

1) It begins on the Chand Raat (The evening when the moon is sighted), Muslims all over start preparing for the next day after the announcement of the moon being sighted. Ladies all over gets their hands  decorated with henna either at home or visit the stalls which are specially set up for henna prints for EID. Apart from it, they also buy bangles to match their EID dresses,DSC05124

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2) The next day, its Eid, which begins with men heading towards Mas’jid and offering their EID prayers, dressed in  their best, on the other hand, ladies get ready, prepare sheer khurma(The special milk sweet prepared for EID), the lunch feast, and snacks for the guests.

My Eid Dress.
My Eid Dress.

3) After the EID Prayers, Its time for the Sheer khurma, and also for the relatives to visit each other. Infact, this is one time of the year when relatives and neighbours do not require to call each other before visiting.

Sheer Khurma (Sweet milk with dry fruits)
Sheer Khurma (Sweet milk with dry fruits)

4) The guests are served with a variety of snacks.

Snacks to serve
Snacks to serve

5) The next part is the festive lunch, where the family dines together and after eating the lunch after a month, its time for some nap, which is the best part.DSC05173

The guests visits continues for 2 days, with sweet meat as a gift for their hosts and continue exchange gifts as the Eid is a 3 day festivity and also that people have varying routines, such as those visiting are the hosts for the next two days.DSC05193

In short, the EID is an amazing festival where all the Muslims, after the holy month of Ramadan celebrate in their different yet traditional manner, but being one united Muslim nation all the same.

So, EID MUBARAK to all the Muslims out there. 😀

P.S: All the pics in this post were exclusively taken on EID day at my place.