I realize I write a lot about the days gone by and I wonder why that is. During the planning phase of this blog, I was clueless for a long time about the direction I wanted it to take and while I still don’t have a niche, many of my posts involve stories from the past, sometimes woven into the theme and sometimes as the theme itself. It’s not that I live in the past or want to live in the past. I think it’s more of an attempt on my part to hold on to the wonderful memories and remember the people, while creating a path into the past for my kids through those.
Trying to make a life in this adopted country of ours has its own excitement as well as intrinsic challenges, and trying to find a balance can sometimes be tricky. There are things that, to be very honest, I do not miss about my country but then on the other hand, there are so many things tugging at the heartstrings that sometimes it makes me question decisions about the chosen path. But that’s what’s life is all about…you probably can’t have it all and that’s okay.
For this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge I rummaged through my archive and could not find any beautiful balconies, and that made me wonder why and also gave me the idea of starting to photograph them…thanks Amanda! I looked at some of the other posts for the prompt and what a visual treat it was…as is generally the case:) But I also did not want to miss out totally and not post anything. So I am posting these two pictures that are personal and not architecturally appealing in any way, shape or form but balconies that tell stories dear to me.
This is the balcony at my parent’s ‘flat’ in Kolkata, lit during ‘Diwali’ (the festival of lights). During this time of the year, which is actually a month away, one will find balconies, patios or any outdoor space in households celebrating this, lit up giving neighborhoods a wonderful cheery look. Along with fireworks that are on display everywhere and people all decked up, it surely is a night of gaiety! While I have not been home in a long time during this time, memories are galore- my favorite being the setting up the tiny candles and then going out and watching them from a distance to see if more could be fitted in!
This is a photo of the balcony at our current apartment in New Jersey that I light up this way every Diwali (and also Christmas and New Year) to bring a slice of ‘home’ to our current home. Home is a feeling, a place of memories past and present, a feeling that calms your mind and soothes your soul. And I enjoy decking my balcony, even if it is with these simple lights during festivities and we enjoy Diwali as well as Christmas, Halloween and Holi and while I do reminisce the rustic pleasures of growing up in simpler times and under simpler circumstances, I thoroughly am enjoying this phase as well-making memories with my kids in a land far away. While my husband and I do not try to shove ‘culture’ down our kids’ throats, we hope, with time, they will come to learn and like tales about their heritage, and find a way on their own to enjoy such festivals and embrace the differences and likeness of celebrations across all cultures and continents.
Thanks for stopping by and hope your week is going well:)
4 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge- Balconies”
Well done completing the challenge! These balconies would be a lovely memory of home and a fun spot to light up the New Jersey Diwali night. I hope you have many more memorable times on the balcony!!
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Thank you, Amanda!
What a thoughtful post, Moon! I think I once saw similar balcony decorations on Pooja’s blog, she is Nepali – does that sound possible to you that you both share this festival? Teaching the next generation about cultural things isn’t shoving it down the throat but a good thing to do 😊 As for blogging about the past, I started my blog like that too and now I’m clueless as to what my blog really is about!
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Thanks Snow! Yes, we could be sharing…Diwali is basically a Hindu festival so Hindus all over the world do celebrate this,( some with and some without the religious connotation! )You are right teaching the next generation about cultural things is a good thing to do and that’s the hope out here! Blogging is a hard thing to do, as I am figuring out but I am enjoying this a lot as well and hence reluctant to give up, evenif it means not knowing for sure:)
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