Dear Opposite flat Aunty,
STOP IT! I want to scream but I want to be polite and just write bravely to you. I know you are deeply religious. I agree that it is your choice to express your love to God. But these daily two hour bhajans are getting on my nerves. Initially, I thought this is a one day phenomenon but after a few days, I realised this could be a week. I can grit through it. That’s when a friend told me that this is the festival of Hindola. It is not only alien to my Kerala sensibilities but also my Maharashtrian state base. I was informed that this will last for a month. It is generally held at a temple or an open ground. Bhajans (devotional songs) are sung for Lord Krishna by rocking his baby swing.
I like the concept. But, I cannot tolerate the bhajans sung in the most unmelodious voices by the ladies. Sorry, aunty but they are musically deaf. And it goes on for over two hours. Now, I can repeat the songs back to you. They start with invoking the Goddess ‘Ambe mata ki jai’ and end with an over enthusiastic rendering of a song which goes like ‘Aiwa aiwa aiwa’. In fact, I can sing with you from right across the flat window and add to the chorus. It is not just the singing. It is also the friendly pre bhajan and post bhajan sessions. Everyday, I spend close to 3 and half hours in your bhajan activities.
But aunty, there is some good news too. Your bhajans have become internationally famous. Because when I am speaking on my phone to colleagues across the seven seas, they ask me, ‘Are you having a party there? There is so much singing.’ Then I have tell them the source of the singing and a little about Hindola. And they feel we are so cultural.
I am counting the days when it will get over. Two more days is what I last heard. Thank you for keeping us entertained.
Your opposite flat Bhajan non-enthusiast,