It’s that point of the yr once we symbolically burn the previous to ring within the new. Celebrated throughout Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Bhogi which precedes Makara Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, Sakraat, Poush Sankranti, Uttarayan and Lohri by totally different communities throughout the nation is an opportunityto change for a greater, happier tomorrow.
Within the Telugu states, Bhogi mantalu, the normal bonfire lit on the daybreak of the festive Bhogi day is a metaphor to look inside and burn the negativity in us. A colleague from Assam shares the customized of their group, “We too gentle a bonfire, and put the iron kadhais utilized in our kitchen. The kadhais come out clear and function a reminder of the chances of what we will be with out these impure ideas and ugly issues.”
The apply is perhaps barely totally different, however the significance stays kind of the identical: discard anger and negativity and emerge refreshed. Let this essence of Bhogi prevail amongst us.
Extra consciousness on wholesome meals
Three issues I hope will rework society. Extra consciousness on the meals we devour. Our ailments are predominantly due to the unhealthy meals we eat. Extra folks ought to take up vegetable gardening and not less than develop leafy greens at residence. I’ve spoken earlier about taking on farming and I wish to be implement it this yr. I plan to take up sustainable agriculture at my farm in Chevella. We should always realise that we will do something in our lives and jobs provided that we’re wholesome. We have to speak extra about it.
I might additionally wish to see a change in our time spent on social media. We must be creators, not imitators. Social media is sort of a mango pickle; it may be an accompaniment to the meals however not at all times the principle dish. Social media is simply part of life and shouldn’t turn into the entire life. We have to give attention to having actual relationships. Manishi ni manishi tone kalavaali, cell to kaadu. Solely then, we will expertise actual feelings.
Lastly, I might need folks to have an appreciative mindset. As a substitute of regularly criticising and complaining about our personal lives and others’, let’s be taught to be grateful and recognize. If I had spent my time solely criticising others, I wouldn’t have been ready that I’m as we speak.
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Deliver modifications in ladies’s lives
I’m reminded of Sankranti celebrations in my hometown in Godavarikhani. We used to attract large muggulu, hold gobbemmalu on them and have a muggula poti. Sankranti, the harvest pageant is for the farmer. If the farmer is joyful solely then we will be joyful. The one change I hope for is in ladies’s lives. On one hand, we worship ladies as goddesses and on the opposite, commit atrocities towards them. Since many years the scenario has not modified. I hope to see a day once we ladies can stroll independently with none worry or any pepper spray or knife within the baggage. We’re in 2020, but ladies can not exit on their very own after 10 pm and wish a brother/husband/father as escort.
It’s unattainable and silly to assume there shall be a giant transformation in society. I hope folks make small modifications in their very own households. These small modifications will herald a optimistic impression.
Refine the self
We spend Sankranti in Venkat’s (husband Venkat Siddareddy’s) village. The ambiance is of pleasure and everybody comes collectively to rejoice the harvest. I realized to make kites and milk a cow from my mother-in-law. On the first light , we assemble to construct an enormous Bhogi fireplace of waste that’s principally product of dried Thaati tree fronds, dry twigs and leaves. It’s a reminder to look inside and discard what’s adverse and embrace with open arms, that which is optimistic. It’s a time to rejoice and look inside to clear up junk. We do a scientific cleaning of our houses, periodically discard what’s extra in our telephones. So why not ourselves, too ?
Festivals are reminders within the iconography that they carry. Bhogi is one such. I’m flawed, however the intent to refine the self is earnest. Bhogi and different festivals assist result in that change and are a pitstop to pause, acquire, discard , reset and discover higher variations of our self. To cite Kabir Bura jo dekhan primary chalaa buro na miliya koi Jo dil dekha aapna mujhse bura na koi. It insists on trying inside to search out what’s adverse and discard that. One can refine the self by studying and ruminating on the phrases of nice saints who’ve left us messages of their songs. Thyagaraja (Manasu nilpa shakti leka pote) Bharatiyar (Manadirkku kattalai siddar paadalgal and Tiruppugazh). Their phrases reinforce in us a high quality of being centred. I typically pore over these texts. In music too, one can apply this thought at each be aware stage. All these items are really easy to say however tough to observe. The refinement of the self is multi-fold. To look inward and cleanse is a giant step and takes fixed re-evaluation. Bhogi helps us set this tone in place. The outwardly acts like cleansing the house are akin to the method that goes on inside. The sync is unmissable!
Create your personal identification
Weekends are the time to have enjoyable, however I see some kids in a weekend mode even in the midst of the week! One can have enjoyable but additionally give attention to laborious work. One can not rely utterly on mother and father and grandparents. As a substitute of changing into lazy and solely relying on what’s already there, one ought to purpose to do one thing on their very own. It isn’t nearly incomes cash, work helps to create our personal identification. One ought to be hungry to know and work. As a substitute of taking wealth from mother and father, how about bringing title and fame to them by way of our endeavours?
I additionally wish to see a change in our angle in the direction of custom. We will be trendy in outlook however respect and concentrate on our traditions.
Let’s fireplace the ‘Ignorance of Art’
We should always place the ‘ignorance’ of art’ on fireplace. In up to date society, we’re not capable of embrace the inventive arts, particularly visible arts. If an appreciation for inventive artwork prevails, artwork shall be in good palms and with artwork lovers who cherish it. I want to see that artwork just isn’t ignored, moderately it must be appreciated, embraced and given significance proper from one’s major training.
This Bhogi, allow us to welcome a smart society which inspires, enjoys and appreciates arts. Artwork just isn’t as a lot appreciated as cars and electronics in up to date Indian society. Quite the opposite, the West and East (China) have introduced many museums into existence to create arts consciousness in order that they protect, recognize and make artwork obtainable for future generations.
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