Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tarbooz !!

Yeah Tarbooz is good ..... Its always the same.... you go to the shop choose your Tarbooz, pay the money, come back to your place, wait for 2 hours to cool it, cut it, spice it with some Chat Masala and Oregano and enjoy it melting in your mouth ohhh... and make sure that you dont swallow the seeds. So after finishing my Huge Tarbooz I am feeling drowsy. In a minute I am all zzzz...
The magic of Tarbooz is working .....
I am 10 years old and at my Nani's place,Ek chhota sa ganv National Highway se 4 Km par . Its 5:45 AM and sare bachche so rahe hai, bas main jaag gaya... irritated from the first rays of the sun and musical chatter of birds. I saw a white feather on my bed .. Ok so its Masti Time....... within 5 minutes everybody is woken up and shouting at me ha ha I love it.... I was pronounced as guilty and the punishment was that I have to brush my teeth. Angan me ek achcha sa Handpump bhi hai and its very smooth so that even I can pump it. While I am playing with the brush, Dabur Lal Dant Manjan and the Handpump, "Chunbadda" aa gaya, he takes care of our cows, Kabhi kabhi uske ladke bhi aate hai kaam karne, ek ka naam hai "Manager"( pronounced as manaejar) aur doosre ka "Pilot", I wish "Chunbadda" k Mom Dad ne bhi thoda aur socha hota ya at least usse hi poochh lete ki use naam pasand hai ya nahi, I think its funny but only when its not your name. kuchh aur log the Ganv me jinke naam interesting the jaise ki ghar k paas me ek Joot ka kaam karne wala banda rahta tha his name was "Rajesh Khanna Yadav" now thats a good name to have. the explanation I got was that Rajesh Khanna was his father's favorite hero.
So after brushing my teeth I got the garma garam chulhe(earthen Oven) ki chai, Subah ka chulha angan me hi hota hai. thodi si aag chai me bhi mil jati hai and tell you what Its the best Chai in the world. Chai and breakfast k baad Its bathing time.
The place has got 2 rivers, well not exactely 2 river one is "RatnaGarbha" a sub river of "Ken" and the other is just the sub river of the Sub River its callled "Bisahil", but the water of "RatnaGarbha" is very clear and also it has got different depths at different spots you can choose the suitable one for you according to your swimming skills. My favorite point was the place where the water was very shallow just 1 feet or so , the River is very wide at this point and its like 4 football grounds arranged in a square and filled with different colored stones and 1 feet of water and at some points small Icelands. one can spend hours playing in that Biggest BathTub I have seen. Its way better than Jacuzzis and Saunas I tell you. I guess the river is named so because in that clear water the colored stones and the shells looked like real gems. after playing for several hours and several "LETS GO BACK" calls jab ham wapis jane se mana kar dete the tab pani se khinch kar nikala jata tha. Nadi k dono taraf kafi sari seasonal cheejon ki kheti hoti hai , and for 3 4 Rs you can get anything you want in ample amount, did someone said inflation ...
Sometimes while playing in the river you can find some more interesting things like once i found a small turtle with conical rainbow colored back, I brought it back to home with me aur ghar ke tank me chhod diya, par bechara itna ghabraya hua tha aur usne itni badboo failayee ki dusre din wapis chhod kar aana pada :( .
Dhool bhare raste par wapis lautate huye sare log poochhte the "Kehikar larika aaye" (Kiske yahan aaye ho !!) , and after knowing the family details treating us with utmost love. Ghar pahunchte hi thodi si masti k baad lunch time. Iske baad sona hota tha 2 option the ek andar wala underground kamra hota tha which was always a very cool place due to its thick Mud walls. ya fir sabse bahar wala room jahan par windows par khas ke parde laga diye jate the aur koi un par poore time pani deta rahta tha , May June ki dopahar me bahar jitni joron se garm hawa chal rahi hoti thi tab hamara room utna hi thanda hota tha Plus Khas aur Gili Mitti ki mahak. yahan bhi main jaldi se uth kar oopar wale kamre me chala jata tha which is called "Atari". Is room me sari purani historical cheejen bhari hoti thi and it was like a treasure hunt. Kuchh kafi shandar cheejen dhoondhi thi maine wahan se, Like a very old "Bhonpu" (Honker, a bugle fitted with a rubber bulb ), mouth horgan, harmonium, A camera which u have to hold at your waist and look down on it to take pictures, A Big hunting knife ( I tested its blade on a papaya tree, itni dant padi thi ki kya bataun) and if you cant find anything there are always Nani's old book collection to read . It had everything from 20 year old magazines , science fictions, classical novels, regular novels (Ved Prakash Sharma type) , religious books, subscriptions of Akhand Jyoti and one more religious magazine, books on Ayurveda and some non fictions among other things. Its like getting something which you cant get anywhere else in the world. there was also one more Atari which was always filled with Bhoosa (dry fodder) . So rarely go there except when I want to eat mangos, Is bhoose k dher me hamesha dher sare aam dabe hote the and 10 din purane kachche aam ekdam meethe ho jate the. so you have to just make sure that u find the right batch of mangoes.
Sham hote hi ham wapis se Nadi ki taraf ghoomne jate the Nadi k just paas me ek "Tekari" thi, ye poore ganv me sabse oonchi jagah thi aur EK chhota sa mandir bhi tha Ganv ki Kuldevi ka, This place was always buzzing with people , It had a very interesting shape ... jaise ek bade se sphere ko aadha kaat kar rakh diya gaya ho top par ek bada sa pedh uske neeche ek chhota sa mandir. Yahan se paas wali railway line bhi dikhti thi , aur us par jati huyee train bhi.
Nadi ke kinare hamara Aamon ka bageecha tha, hamare ancestors kafi shaukeen the shayad, itni sari variety of Mangoes maine ek jagah par aur kahin nahi dekhe although ab ye decline par tha par fir bhi yahan around 300 trees the kewal mangoes ke,plantation was so dense ki bageeche ke andar dhoop kabhi nahi aati thi. You can decide your mango and then you can have it too. but you have to make sure ki use khane se pahle uska oopar wala hissa hata dena hai, It was called "Tor" aur agar wo kahin bhi lag gaya to wahan ki skin par rashes ho jate the. ham apne sath ek chaku aur thoda sa specially prepared "Masala" le jate the aur fir nadi me ek spot the jahan par ek bada sa paththar pada hota tha (which had a very interesting shape as it was used as for washing cloths by the laundrymen) us par baith kar pani me pair daal kar aaram se apne apne hisse k aam khate the , kabhi kabhi ham kheton ki taraf bhi jate the jahan par kuchh alag alag cheejen milti thi, like Ganna (sugarcane) aur garam garam Khand ka Gud (concentrated solid sugarcane juice) from small earthen pits (Its one of the best sweet I have ever tasted). kabhi koi dusra season hua to barbati (beans, I dont know a different name for this), matar, makka and the list is endless.
wapis aane k time tak sari gayen bhi wapis aa rahi hoti thi (my elders told me its called "Godhuli" bela) its always a magnificant scene, The sun is getting bigger sky colored with different colors sare raston par bas aadmi ya janwar aur kafi sari ganv ki Mitti.
Raat ke khane ke baad Dher sari baten aur dher sari kahaniya fir wapis se Khule Angan me ham log so jate the Kabhi kabhi raat ki train ki whistle bhi sunayee deti thi . Abhi bhi sunayee de rahi hai , fir se lagta hai koi train ja rahi hai but the whistle is getting louder and louder as if its running on my bed only, ohhh its a call from a friend. He is asking if I am coming for the night show of the latest flick.....
Tarbooz ka jadoo khatam :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

cute :)

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