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Hey guys… Confused?? Or do you think I did a typo writing 09 in place of the famous song title “summer of 69″… let me tell you I am not wrong. I want to share my summer experience with you.

I remember in my place back home, the summer is horrible. Sometimes the temperature rises up to 48 degrees (in Celsius). Fans, Cooler and ACs (for some people) become the priorities to everyone. Refrigerators, coolers, ice creams, goggles, sunscreen lotions, summer collections’ ads start hitting on every possible media platforms as soon as February begins. There is one proverb in Marathi called “Aala unhala….tabyeti sambhala” which means “Guard your health, summer’s started now!”

I never liked this season at my place due to many reasons. First, the hot weather. Summer is considered as the exam period and no matter how high the temperature reaches, we had to reach college & attend the lectures, then appear for the exam. That was really painful. I used to cover myself with sun coat, cotton hand gloves, wrap my face with the long scarf (some people would find it funny :D), put my sunglasses on and then ride my scooty πŸ˜‰ Even if the day is bigger than night, it’s so hot throughout the day that hardly one has stamina for other extra activities (e.g. Outdoor sports, for the parents to play with their kids after work) the day ends when it gets dark after approx. 6 PM.

This year I noticed one thing here in USA that people really like summer; they welcome it with smiling faces πŸ™‚ This was the first difference. The sun sets around 9 PM every day, so everyone has ample amount of time for themselves. They play various outdoor sports, swimming. Parents spend time with kids after work, arrange barbecues or may be watch a movie and get the satisfaction of spending some time for “themselves”, with the family at the end of the day. I have filled my bucket-list. I am doing things that I always wanted to do but couldn’t get time. I nourish my hobbies, learning some new sports and kinda enjoying this summer with my family. The “summer of 09” is a special one that’s giving joy to me. What’s in your “Bucket-list” to make your summer memorable?

@Shruti πŸ™‚

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India is well known for Festivals and Food along with its Culture.Β  After getting a huge response for my previous blog narrating ‘Indian Culture”, this time I thought to write about the Festivals!
“Shravanmasi harsha manasi…hiraval daate chohikade!
Kshanat yete sarsar shirave…kshanat firuni unh pade!! ” – Baalkavi.

These are my favorite lines from a marathi poem by famous poet “Baalkavi” describing “Shravan”…the eagerly awaited monsoon and beginning of festival season in India. I feel it is the most delicate month of the year, as it spreads greenery allover, refreshes the nature and gives pleasure to all humans through its various shades. Rain is something I enjoy the most in this season apart from delicious food and various celebrations πŸ˜‰ The fragrance of soil (Mrudagandha) that comes after it has just drizzled… I miss that “Mrudgandha” a lot here in America 😦 and those tiny-little dewdrops on fragile leaves of plants glitter like diamonds in the sunshine reflected through them! At the moment its cloudy..suddenly the
weather becomes sunny…as if nature is playing “Hide & Seek” with us! Ahhh… its so heavenly beautiful that I feel short of words to describe it… simply unimaginable!

This season is dear to newly married girls especially because they get a chance to meet their parents, family n friends back home and celebrate various festivals. To begin with Shravan Somwar (to pray Lord Shiva), Mangalagauri (a festival in which newly wedded girls pray to Godess Gauri for goodwill of their family, play swings (jhoolas), sing/dance and celebrate it overnight till dawn of next day…which is an absolute fun, Naagpanchami (Showing our gratitude towards Naagdevta), Rakshabandhan, Kojagiri Full moon, Janmashtami, Gauri followed by Ganesh festival which is celebrated at a grand level in Maharashtra. Then comes Navaratri, Dasara and then the biggest festival of India – “Diwali”! I believe these are the festivals that strengthen the bonds of relationships, give everyone many joyful moments and reasons to smile… πŸ™‚
This is the spirit that unites we Indians living in a country having 28 states, more than 30 languages and billions of people.

Have fun this festival seasonΒ  πŸ™‚
Shruti.

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