Its new year for the Kashmiri pandits, tomorrow is navreh or Nauroz as we call it. The start of spring. The traditional thali with the rice and the walnuts and the mirror, gold, sweets and calendar needs to be set up. I was (as usual) thinking back of the many Nauroz's I have spent at home, when I have woken up and called mum to bring me the thali so I can see my own face first thing in the morning. I would be happy to put tika on everything including my own forehead!
Tradition demands I fill in the thali tonight, which I shall do. Though it shall have a Galaxy chocolate on it..no mithai around! Afsos!
Tradition demands new clothes to be worn. This is being done, ofcourse!!!
Tradition demands I take the thali to the people in my family..no one here!!
In contrast to tradition the order to shop for new clothes and to celebrate came over SMS from mum. Things have moved on!!!