Monday, November 12, 2012

A letter to Lakshmi ji

Dear Lakshmi ji,

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an SAHM? An SAHM with a pair of super energetic kids, a super busy husband and a house with a perpetually open door through which umpteen kids stream in an out continuously dripping food and toys?

I don't think so.

The only kid you're ever even seen with is your nephew Ganapati, who, with due apologies, is not the really sporty kind. He doesn't bug you to death to look for his bat or to fish for his ball under the car. He doesn't hang from curtain rods bringing down pelmets giving you a minor heart attack besides saddling you with the task of carpenter hunting.

You've never had to sit with him over his milk and vegetables appearing to be patient while your mind buzzes with the thousand tasks awaiting your attention. Give him his plate of modaks and laddoos and you can get on which your chores (which aren't really too many).

And no, you've never needed to mess your hands making those laddoos either, what with the millions struggling to get into your good books. They load you with enough food to sate even the six heads of your other nephew Kartikeya.

Then there's The Husband. Yours is supposed to take care of the world so he'd hardly need looking after. He's not diabetic. He doesn't need to be pushed to go for his daily walk or watched with a hawk eye lest he empty the mithai box. All you need to do is provide him with your sweet company.. which wouldn't be so tough given your stress-free life.

As for the cleaning ... how much cleaning would one need when one lives on a snake in the middle of the ocean?

So then...

What right do you have to go looking for the cleanest, prettiest houses with beautifully done up tables piled with homemade goodies each Diwali?

For a change... just this once, don't let that barbie littered doorway scare you away. What? You see no one praying? Hey they're too excited to sit quietly with folded hands. They'd rather sing and dance.. they're expecting you, don't worry.. do walk in. Step around the dolls, Oh and mind those cars -  they might trip you, Oops sorry! did you mess your sari? Those diyas are being painted to welcome you. Don't mind that sink full of vessels.. that food was made in your honour.

Don't look at the dust on the shelves, look at the smiling faces in the frames on them. Don't look for the most scintillating fireworks, look for the happiest face behind the smallest sparkler. Don't look for the fanciest lights, look for the attention and care with which those diyas were painted. Don't look at that crooked rangoli look at the thrill on the girl's face, it's her first.

Rather than the cleanest, prettiest and most peaceful houses, how about looking for the noisiest, cosiest and happiest homes? Try it this Diwali. You might find them more fun than the squeaky clean ones.

Warm regards


  1. He he.. loved this OM!
    I'm sure She'll come visiting. A very Happy Diwali to all of you :)

  2. Wow! What a great post! Wonderfully written! Loving it - sharing it on my FB

    Deepavali wishes to your family from another messy house :)


  3. Superb post on welcome of Lakshmi ki awaz of every mom with kids :-)

    Can I share it in FB??

    Happy Diwali to you &your to Hrit & Naisha :-)

  4. @Priya: Thanks.. we're waiting for hyer :-).
    @Vini: Lolz.. thanks and same to you.
    @NBose: Thanks and Happy Diwali to you too. Yes of course you can share it.

  5. Awesome Post Tulika! I am sure Lakshmi ji will relate with it too and definitely pay a visit to all of our homes with messy toddlers and tired moms.

  6. Tulika... Take a bow! Your letter, I'm sure will earn you many of those brownie points from Laxmiji :) Loved the message you sent out in your unique style, just LOVED it :-)

    Happy Diwali! :)

  7. Hopped from Nbose's blog and this is a super duper post. I think thatz the story of every house with toddler and younger kids around. Happy diwali to you and your family.

  8. Loved ur post!! Happy Diwali to you and your lil ones :)

  9. ha ha ha:):) wonderfully written!
    Loved it Mom!!

  10. Phew that was a laugh riot! you are such a relief to read!!

  11. Shubh Deepavali to you and yours!

  12. :) Such a lovely write up.. Reading this, I also feel like dropping by right now but before that, make my day.. show me a pic of naisha's fisrt rangoli..
    Happy Diwali :)

  13. She will be coming down the mountains when she comes
    she will be coming down the mountains when she comes

    she will be riding six white horses when she comes
    she will be riding six white horses when she comes..

    When she comes Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :)

    Have a sooooper dooooper Diwali

    lovely thought .. :) I am sure if thats the case that she shud visit the not so clean houses first then Mine is also in the QUE :)


  14. you have this nag of writing on myriad subjects which skip my mind! OM< loved the post! Happy Diwali to u and the kiddos and your hubby too!!

  15. An apt Diwali prayers from a SAHM.... loved it. Wishing u a wonderful D iwali Tulika.

    And praying that Lakshmiji visits your home and falls in love with the ambiance!

  16. It seems I have plenty of company. Swapna, Bikram.. you're my kind of people.

    Arti, Poonam: Thanks

    Canvas of my thoughts.. welcome here and happy diwali.

    Aparna: Thanks and same to you.

    Abha: Touchwood.. :-)

    Amit, Magiceye: Happy Diwali to you too.

    Shruti: Coming up soon.

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  18. Wonderful post:)

  19. Tulika, what a beautiful post! Loved it :-)

  20. Anonymous: Thanks.

    Nupur.. great to have your here and happy Diwali.

    Vishy: Thanks and same to you. :-)

  21. What a lovely post! Rings true for every mom with little kids.
    Happy Diwali to you!

  22. Lovely post OM :)
    Gave me a nice fuzzy feeling just imagining your household (which mirrors mine :D )
    May Lakshmi drop by and never leave .
    Hope you and the kids had a great Diwali :)

  23. What an awesome post! Loved it :-)

  24. @Hey thanks Uma.

    @momofrs: What can I say.. except.. you so know what it's like :-)

    @Reema: Thanks for dropping by.

  25. What a lovely post this is!!! So bang on and so well written :)

    Hope She came in ;)

  26. Thank You Smita. As for whether she came.. will have to check. She's as elusive as Santa :-P


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