Let me wish a very happy holi, first and foremost to my dear friend Madhusudhan who reminded me of holi, and of my birthday very early in the morning (my time) today! With all the other stuffs going on around (i.e., trip plans, vaccination and all), I had forgotten about the Faalgu Purnima and my birthday (according to tithee). Last year, I think I wrote on my birthday about not being able to accomplish much even after the existence of 27 years - a third of my life-span (very generous when I consider average Nepali life expectancy!). Well, not much has changed this year, except that I have now spent 28 years of my existence, and a little over a third of my life-span!
Looking at the half-full glass, however, I think I shouldn't be too displeased about my 28 years well-spent, especially given that I have somehow managed to get what I have desired. I have always been content with what I have and what I have received - probably the reason for complacency, lack of enthusiasm and desire, and mostly the lack of will to compete! "Taking life as it comes" have somehow become my undeclared motto, and more often than not I let things to happen, rather than trying to make things happen! Letting things happen has worked for me all these years, so why should I change? Its all about incentives when I think wearing an economist's hat, and if things are happening without much effort, why put more!?! But today I think I should spare these thoughts - I'll leave them to my other birthday (according to the Gregorian calendar), which is just over a week away.
As a kid, I always liked celebrating my birthday (with Punditji, pujas and all) on holi - I guess because it felt like everybody else was celebrating my birthday as well! And during childhood and adolescence, it was great fun playing with water and colours on holi. Not surprisingly, the interest declined as the age increased, both for celebrating holi and the birthday. And after being away from Nepal for a while and with the daily life revolving around a different calendar, more often than not I just didn't realise about my tithee-birthday, until it passed and I saw news about holi celebrations! Anyway, this year I'm not too late in realising, thanks to my friend. Family tradition is to invite Punditji to perform some good-luck pujas, which I hope have been done back home.
So, what am I doing today? "Taking life as it comes - living one day at a time"!!! 🙂
Happy Holi everyone !!
PS. Tonight there is a total lunar eclipse in this part of the world...sign of things to come for me on my 28th year!?! I wonder...