Dahi Handi – A Human Pyramid Game

India is full of festivals and celebrations. 31 August, one more celebration in India and that is Dahi Handi (Dahi – Curd, Handi – earthen pot. Which means Curd inside the earthen pot). This festival represents Lord Krishna who’s love for ‘makkhan’ and ‘dahi’ and all other dairy products drove him to steal them from the residents of Vrindavan village. His foster mother, Yashoda would have to tie him up in an attempt to stop him from stealing from their neighbors. But the little ‘makkhan chor’ had the power of God on his side. Vrindavan women started tying their fresh curd at heights that Lord Krishna would not be able to reach. However, Lord Krishna was naughty and He, along with his friends formed a human pyramid to take that curd.

Obviously, many people don’t know the importance. They just play the Dahi Handi because they love it. In every society, you will find a mix of boys and girls celebrating this. In my childhood days, there were 2 types of Dahi Handi. One was the human pyramid and only boys used to climb on each other and break that Handi. The Other Game was for girls. The Handi used to be at a lower level, and we girls get  blindfold. With the help of one big stick, we used to search that Handi and break it.

As I grew up, I saw this as a business. There were professionals of both boys and girls who used to make human pyramids up to 20 feet and more . Also price money of 1 lac to 10 lacs rupees. Don’t know how much these people get in hand by risking their life. Many lost their lives too. Because the height of the tower is almost 7 to 10 floors. Watching them doing this is no doubt a magnificent view. But at the same time, you will feel ugly..

Ugly?? Yes, someone will touch you and go. In such crowded places girls always forbid themselves for such indecent incidents. Not only that, It’s not a holiday, hence I used to leave late from office to avoid traffic, rush and indecent behaviour from so-called highly educated people. Festivals, In India always end up with many such negative news. and all we do is nothing. We just wait for our law to take some actions. Anyways, Such businesses got banned. But still there are few who continue doing this.

On this auspicious day, many families cook maximum food whatever they can and offer it to Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna was born at midnight, all the Krishna temples in India get beautifully decorated and are open all night. Devotees play Holi too. Want to know more about Janmashtami? Click here. Jai Shree Krishna.

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Birthday Forte

The Birthday, the cake murderer, the happiest day of life, etc, etc, etc. Well, you can wish someone. But not compulsory. But yes, someone will feel better if you wish them. We all feel special when it’s our birthday. But what if we don’t get a message or call from the special one. We get angry and lose our patience and get irritated easily, if someone forgets our birthday. The game of forgetting birthdays is very old where the special person always behaves like he completely forgets birthday and then he will surprise you with gifts and all, but at the last moment.

Some take this very surprisingly, some take this in a very irritating way. I am the other person, who literally doesn’t care if you planned for surprise but keep me waiting for that one call. I get angry at such things. What’s the use of giving surprise, if you are harassing the birthday person for the whole day and then you say that it was a joke. This game is good only if you want to break-up. Girls will surely break-up if you forget their birthday. Hell with the surprises. In the case of boys, He will do it only if you are married to him, else not. Coz In marriage, you are not that special person anymore


So what is so much hype about birthdays? In India, when girls are born, very few people congratulate by heart. But we can’t blame them because our own family members are not happy when a girl is born. So when the girl grew up, at one point, she always got to know who all were happy and who were not. So slowly, that girl only starts losing her interest in her birthday celebration. Still, we girls always keep a hope that someone will make her forget what happened during her birth days. But Nope, Someone is always there to take out the topic, and the family members will keep their lips sealed. Because, they are still sad from inside.

Seen such families in this pandemic, where mother was covid positive. Still she had no choice and had to make food and even had to feed her toddler. Reason, toddler’s father never did this. But Why? Why did the father never tried to feed the toddler? In these bad times also, mother had to get up from bed taking all precautions without fail. What if the toddler would catch the infection? Nothing much, just a blame to mother. And then will wait for birthday or some special occasion and show that she is god and she is special for family. Of Course yes dear, she is special. What will the husband do if she dies tomorrow? The husband will be handicapped. In short, husbands are nothing without their wives. Anyways, The toddler and husband never caught the infection and mother too recovered from the virus. Thanks to god who saved the family by keeping her alive.

According to me, there is nothing special about birthdays. It’s just a few minutes of celebration, with cake or without cake, a few phone calls, replying to a few messages, etc. And then what? Then go back to your own work. To make someone special, you don’t have to wait for their birthday. U can bring cake anytime. You can celebrate each day by eating together, watching movies together (Good Movies please, not daily soaps or reality shows), in short, being together. Special treatment should not only given to the head of family or elder person, but special treatment by everyone to everyone. Everyone has to do the house course, Don’t wait for the women to do the dishes and all. In Short, If Women can earn and look after house and family members then why not boys. The day, when this is real, you don’t have to wait for birthdays to make someone special. You don’t have to wait to make and feel “her” special

Well, Happy Birthday to me.. Live and let live. Stay Safe.

A Promise Not to Fake Promise

We live in India, where we have so many ads, so much content on Raksha Bandhan. We all know what the importance of Raksha Bandhan is. But today, let’s see this from a different angle. Hope you will like this story. Let me  tell you that this is fictional and this content is just my imagination. This has nothing to do with the real world.

So, the brother – sister of this story went for a vacation in some hill station, along with their friend circle. This Hill station was a little scary. They heard about lots of paranormal activities. Yet they decided to visit there. After a long journey, they checked-in to the hotel. This Hotel was very attractive, with historical structure and statues. Looking at these sculptures, the friends started wondering why this place is haunted. They didn’t find anything to believe in this. Even the receptionist was very friendly. Still they decided to stay in one room, and stay awake the whole night. Friends enjoyed playing the whole night. They didn’t feel anything suspicious.

Next day, After a quick shower they all decided to go to a nearby location. But this sister went missing. Don’t know how, She was in the room and she didn’t went out and all the others were in the room. So nobody saw her going out. They all panicked. Started searching here and there. Checked CCTV footages, but didn’t find any clue. So they decided to call police. But when police came, all were surprised to see her with the police. Upon asking, she said that after coming out from shower, nobody was in room. So she went searching for everyone. Even receptionist was not in his place. So she went to near by police station. But everybody was surprise, coz everyone was in the room.

Now all friends became alert and decided to stay together. To overcome this thought, one friend said to visit near by locations. They all agreed. The locations was awesome and in that they completely forgot what had happened that morning. After coming back to hotel, They decided to shift to some other hotel. Everyone agreed. And they checked-in to even more attractive hotel than the previous one. Still they decided to be in one room.

But next morning, the same thing happened. But this time the brother went missing. Searched him here and there and finally he only came with police. He too said that same story to everyone that he didn’t find anyone in room and rest said, they all were there in room only. But how come this is possible. How come one cannot find a single person in room and also no CCTV footage. They all got scared and decided to leave the place at once. They all packed their bag, and left the place. Sister started driving the car. After one hour of driving, brother suddenly realized that sister doesn’t know how to drive yet she is driving smoothly. He got panicked. Told her to stop the car at once. He kept on asking her questions, But sister replied saying ‘I know driving. I have license too. I had kept this as secret coz you and family never allowed me to do what I want.” After a long argument, one friend took the driving seat.

After few hours, they realized that they never left the area. They were in same area for the long time. And the sun was also setting now. So they had no choice and have to check-in to a near by hotel. Now this hotel was very dull. No lights. stained wall paints. So they took one room but the reception didn’t agree on this. Forced them to take separate rooms. They had no choice, they all took separate room. But at night they all came to one room and stayed together. They were so scared that night that they didn’t talk to each other. Everyone was quiet. And then Boom!!!!!… Lights went off. All were scare as hell. They all screamed for help. The receptionist came for their help with one emergency light. They all saw that the brother was hurt badly and he need to be hospitalized asap. They all took him to hospital. The Sister was so scared that she didn’t leave her brother. She was next to him whole night, sleepless and restless. Took all the god’s name for courage. and was very sorry coz she was responsible for what had happened. The Sister, actually had forced everyone to visit this place and she managed to show some comments that the place is just said to be haunted, Its not actually haunted. Brother was in unconscious stage whole night. Early in morning he gain his senses. Doctor said he was out of danger and can go home. Sister then took police help to come out from that area. And finally all were at their houses. But still Sleepless night. The friends hardly met or called each other. They all were still in shocking stage.

After few days, it was Raksha Bandhan festival. When sister tied the Rakhi to brother, The brother eyes got moist and said that it was his sister whose prayers helped him, not only to come out of danger, but also to come out of that place. Brother then said, “I didn’t brought any gift for you. What you want, you tell me, I will Surely do it for you”… The sister replied, “Just one thing, please don’t play with someone’s feelings”.. and the sister went to do her own work.

Brother was little shock by this line. and was clueless that night. Next day morning he asked her what happened. So her comes the story. Brother had promised some one for marriage. That girl belonged to very conservative family and hence she left her family behind to marry this guy. But it was a fake promise. So this girl, never went back home. Where she is now, nobody knows. Sister came to know about this. And she also came to know that all friends were knowing this but yet they didn’t do anything. One day, through Internet, sister read about this hill station where people believed this place to be haunted. But this place was not at all haunted, it was people who rumored about it. So, when the sister went missing, She was actually in bathroom. But Since everyone panicked, they didn’t check the bathroom. They all went down to see the CCTV footage. Since she was in bathroom and hence it was not recorded in CCTV footage. Receptionist too got panicked and went to search her. And hence later, nobody saw her going out from hotel, to police station. Next day also, sister actually saw her brother going in bathroom and since everybody was already scared, she took the advantage of this. Also while driving the car, she saw that everyone is in fear and hence she use to take U-turns, which nobody noticed. Through Internet she came to know one point that maximum hotels in that hill stations has heritage structure and hence the walls are very thick enough for a sound to pass. N hence she knew that their panicked voice will not reach in bathroom. So, In short the Hill station was not at all haunted. It was Haunted by people only.  

After hearing this from his own sister, Brother realized how painful the journey of the girl would be. Coz She belonged to conservative family. And this brother-sister also belonged to conservative family. Hence both knew how difficult it is to do a simple things on their own. Now the girl is missing. brother decided to search her.

But wait, what about the third hotel. well, that was not at all her plan. In that, her brother accidently got hurt. So, here sister also experienced the pain of loosing someone. Even Sister realized how wrong she was. She could have talk to her brother, rather than plotting this plan. Even sister decided to help her brother in searching that girl.

That’s all for today.. Hope you all enjoy this story. Do Help each other. And do not fake promises.