Thursday, September 15, 2005

Onam

Oh yes, very much God's own festival... and yes, He had a major role to play in it.. Legend has it that the demon king Mahabali, who ruled over Kerala, was so good, that Indra, the king of Gods, felt a tinge of professional jealousy, a God size tinge... so he politely took an appointment with Vishnu, who had, by that time, made it a habit of rescuing Indra from all the shit he was constantly falling into.. Indra convinced Vishnu that the yajna that mahabali was conducting now was only a smokescreen, and it was part of the long term strategy to overthrow Indra...
And so Vishnu, who knew all about the matrix, morphed himself into a brahmin lad, went to Mahabali, and asked him for three measures of land, and the measure would be His foot.. Now Mahabali, was famed for his generosity, which was king sized, and immediately agreed, inspite of advice from his spiritual guru... What he needed was a lawyer, for, like most other cases, it was the fine print that caused his downfall.. for Vishnu, just bloated himself and in his first measure took up heaven, and in the second , earth and the other planets.. i guess, by now, mahabali would have totally lost his composure, and, in response to vishnu's query on where he should keep his third footstep, would have said 'mere sar pe'.. vishnu, wily God that he was, did just that, and pushed Mahabali into the netherworld...
Vishnu might have felt some pity, for he gave Mahabali permission to visit Kerala, once a year to see his subjects.. and the day he comes back, we Keralites celebrate Onam and sing our own versions of 'Those were the days, my friend....'
Of course, times have changed now, the Congress is ruling,and they are worse than in the times of Indra, Onam is celebrated more in UAE, America, Europe, Bangalore and other assorted places where Keralites reside in more than 3 numbers, but in spite of all that, its still Onam, and i still get a smile on my lips, even if its in memory of the good old times - yours, Mahabali, and mine too....
until next time, happy Onam to all of you...

36 comments:

Parii said...

Happy Onam!

Deez said...

happy onam...:)

Stone said...

Hey bro, Happy Onam!!!!

Anonymous said...

Morning i listened to same version in more serious form. now u made a smile a lot with your own style of expressing the same.

Happy Onam !

Scorpio

Arunima said...

happy onam to you!

Many of my colleagues are missing today.

A Cynic in Wonderland said...

Happy Happy Onam!

aqua said...

happy onam :)

JW said...

A Very Happy Onam Manu :)

Prerona said...

manu - were u in the court of the above mentioned-king ... for story telling? :) genius! this was hilarious. miss my ACK's though :( waiting for ur 55 words :)

Anjali said...

Happy Onam to you too ... I just got back from a long and delicious Onam lunch at a friend's place and am supremely contented with life :)

Mirage said...

Interesting.... happy onam to u too!

Saltwater Blues said...

Habby Awwwwnamm!! ....lol sorry I cudn't resist. Happy Onam bro!

Pallavi said...

Happy Onam... :) hope you are having a nice day..

Parna said...

majedar lijjatdar papad type of post Manu.

Happy Onam to you and your fmaily :)

blokes said...

happy onam manu! last year when I began my blog it was the Jewish new year, and on its anniversary it is God's own day of blessing...

Elixir said...

Happy Onam!

Nupur said...

Happy Onam!
and a great weekend!! :)

Anonymous said...

a happy onam..
and what abt that 7 things youve been tagged for?
austere

GratisGab said...

Hey nice. I never knew anything much about this festival....! Thanks!

Poornima said...

Onashamsagal!(I hope the spell's right!). Better late than never!

manuscrypts said...

aekta, deez: thank you :)

manuscrypts said...

hey stone, thx :)

scorpio: thx, but leave a link...:)

manuscrypts said...

arunima: hmmm cosmo city with a large mallu population :)

thx cynic :)

manuscrypts said...

aqua, JW: thank you :)

manuscrypts said...

prerona: nope, settled it out of court :)

anjali: yup, the sadya has a way of making you feel that :)

manuscrypts said...

mirage, SwB: thx :)

manuscrypts said...

pallavi: working day :(

parna:ehehe :)

manuscrypts said...

blokes: oh, happy blogiversary :)

thx elixir :)

manuscrypts said...

nupur: thx :)

austere: have been tagged the 7 things too.. and et tu!! on the tagging phenomenon!!

manuscrypts said...

gabby: the wikipedia gives comprehensive details..check it out :)

poornima: got it right , happy onam to you too :)

phatichar said...

Happy Onam, dear friend (a day late tho')

Ash said...

Happy Belated Onam !

I knew this story, but not its link to Onam ... thanks :)

manuscrypts said...

phatichar: thx man

ash: yup, its part of regular hindu mythology, coz mahabali is also prahlad's grandson...

erratica said...

happy belated onam

Naina said...

Hey dude! Hopped onto ur blog from Anubha's blog. Must compliment u on the blog as well as ur style of writing. Never heared an epic in such style...

Looking fwd 2 ur next one...
Take care, God Bless u and Happy Onam

manuscrypts said...

thx erratica :)

naina: welcome :)