As kids, we always knew it as the little Diwali. It came within a month or so after Diwali, so the firecrackers were always burst in two shifts.
Today, we are older, but less fun than we were then.
If you would like to know a little more about this festival, here’s the Wikipedia link
Do you remember the time when the BEST bus tickets would look like this?
(Click on the image for a detail on the ticket codes)
It used to be lot of fun in an earlier life. When we were little, we would add up all the numbers on the top and align them to the alphabet to see who might be thinking about us at that instant. In this ticket, the numbers on the top 523-358281 add up to 37, that’s K in the alphabet. Which would mean, that a person whose name starts with K was thinking about me. Funnily enough, whether that person was thinking of you or not, you thought about them.
Today, it’s a different story.
Technology has taken out the entire romance, and has opted for convenience. Now, it’s a machine that gives you the ticket. Even the metallic clink of the conductor’s puncher that we would listen all the time is missing. Many more conductors now have those little handheld evil machines that print out these characterless tickets.
Oh, the good ole’ days.
The train came to a halt at Borivali, its last stop, and my destination.
Even before I could get out, people just thronged into the compartment, and soon enough, I was sandwiched between bodies. Tightly packed like sardines, my efforts to get off at Borivali were futile.
And then, the train left for Kandivali on its return journey to Churchgate, with me still stuck inside…
Just another day in Mumbai.
(Borivali Station, October 2008)
Every week day, hundreds descend in this little nook in Polo Road, Shillong, and bet on archery. The idea is to bet on the total number of arrows that will be shot by the archers. The last two digits are up for grabs. And they typically pay 1:80 Rupees.
When we went, all these archers shot a total of 924 arrows into the target. Some went home rich, some poorer. Nevertheless, everyone comes back again the next day to start things all over.
More pictures here