happy navratri

autumn’s come dancing into our lives
the days are an orchestra of festivities 
as an honor to my inner goddess
i dress up, drape myself in [a saree] five yards of tangible poetry
make mithai, and let its sweet smell linger on walls and between my fingers all day
sway to a distant dhol inside my head, and

are you joining the raas?

bichiya - toe rings
sindoor - vermilion
mangalsutra - sacred chain of love 
payal - anklets

...essentially, a hindu bride's precious ensemble


  1. Beautiful!!with the essence of simplicity..

  2. Beautiful. It isnt a big enough word, but is the only one I can stammer forth. Just so beautiful.

    1. your words work like a delightful capsule, spreading joy into my veins.
      thank you for feeling this way.

    2. your words work like a delightful capsule, spreading joy into my veins.
      thank you for feeling this way.

  3. it's been too long since I was last year Niru! How beautiful!!!
    Ronnie xo

    1. ronnie, i really appreciate your taking time to visit and leave me the gift of your words, while your in the midst of welcoming another lovely soul into your family.
      thank you, i value this very much.

    2. It is my joy to visit your beautiful blog! Always warms my heart to do so.
      Ronnie xo

  4. Niru, Wishing you A Happy Navaratri ! The festive season brings so much joy to one's life. Glad to know that just like me, you also love to dress up and soak yourself in the festive spirit. The photographs evokes so much emotions. I guess that is a sindoor case and the jewelries looks like traditional wedding jewelry, if I am not wrong. I guess you wear them during the festivals. Wearing a traditional outfit and traditional jewelry gives such a pleasant feeling. In our home/community, we celebrate Durga Puja. This is the most exciting time of the year for us although we celebrate many other festivals.
    Have a beautiful week dear friend,

    1. i'm happy to see your already healing :)
      and your right, that's a sindoor daan. maybe adding a descriptor to explain the pictures will be a good thing?
      may your festivities be laced with beautiful traditions, delicious food, loving family and friends.
      happy durga pooja!
      and take good care of yourself :)

    2. Thank you for adding the descriptions about the jewelry. I could identify some of them except no.1 and no.4.
      I thought no.1 was finger rings and no.4 was part of "maang tikka". In our community, we have the sindoor as a tradition but we do not have a mangalsutra, payal or toe rings. We have a finger ring and some varieties of bangles.
      Really, blogging is a great medium to know about different traditions and cultures.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend !

  5. I guess it´s your mangalasutra? How beautiful!!Happy Navaratri!


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