The festival of words…

4 Feb

These days, a lot of literature festivals are being organized in different parts of India. The most glamorous and talked about of these is the Jaipur Literature Fest. It is the most recognized among others, because it has a history of about 9 years. The other States started organising such a fest only after the latter’s success. Recently, Literature Fest in Kolkata was held for the first time, and Delhi would be having it for the second time, on this weekend.

But, the festival, I am gonna talk about relates absolutely nothing to what I wrote above. (That’s how lawyers write 😉 )

I am talking about today. Basant Panchami. For those who don’t understand Hindi, Basant means spring and Panchami means the fifth day. So, today is the fifth day of the season called spring.

It’s a tradition here in India to wear yellow colored clothes on this day. Yellow signifies optimism and cheerfulness.

The day is also significant from the point of view of students, teachers and everybody who knows the importance of knowledge.

It is celebrated to be the day of Goddess Saraswati. It is an adage that after Lord Brahma had created the world, there was chaos all over. The God was confused, when a divine voice suggested that only knowledge can bring every thing in order. And then, from Brahma’s mouth, Saraswati originated as the goddess of knowledge.

But, I wonder, why it was a lady? A female? to come out of his mouth and given the responsibility to spread the light of knowledge? Why not a male…

Ya… the obvious answer might be that maybe… Brahma was not sure if such a herculean job could be performed by a male… but on a serious note… why?

I think Brahma is very clever. He gave the Education Ministry to his consort. He is himself well- versed in every language… in every kind of knowledge, but he chose to delegate the most important task of teaching others to his wife.

Now, if we come to the current situation, we see in many texts that women were not allowed to read or write. It was not considered their job. Well, this is what I call hypocrisy… praising the woman of knowledge, while ignoring the bread maker in the family.

It’s a reality that in every household, people want Laxmi and not Saraswati. That’s tragic, and that’s funny at the same time.

Saraswati… the symbol of purity dressed in white, is also a symbol of silence… silence of every girl who was not able to study because her brother went to school, she is also a symbol of sacrifice, which every girl has to make when choosing family over career; her veena is symbol of ragas and music, but it is also a witness of people calling its master a “gaanewali” with sheer disrespect; the lotus in her hand is a symbol of true knowledge, but it also reminds of the dirt of world from which the world itself expects her to rise above;  the text in her hands signifies words and letters, but it also signifies a warning that you can only hold them… don’t dare read them; the peacock sitting beside her symbolises grace… but it also symbolises that to grab attention… you would have to be naked…sar

Just praising her, and writing dedicated songs for her will not make her happy… if you can’t hear the silence of the Saraswati, living next door; or maybe in your own house….






4 Responses to “The festival of words…”

  1. sharmavarun210varun February 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Sometimes I wonder whether a “kalam” has more power than a “talwaar”. I don’t think its possible that whoever reads this will feel a change in himself. Not possible in today’s world. That’s why I said practicality is better than emotions. At least it has some sense and logic.

  2. Arindam Saha February 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    First of all… The Calcutta Book Fair is older than 9 years… Actually way more old… Ancient… to be precise… 😛

    And secondly (haan taareef baad mein hi nikalti hai)… Kya likhti hai be tu? Mast… ‘Marm-sparshi’ to be precise…

    All effective forms of virtues… Knowledge… Arts… Money… Power… Love… etc. were given feminine forms… Reason… I guess… females deserve more respect than males… Truly… The only problem is some silly person sowed the wrong seeds somewhere…

    • harshdamangal7 February 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Oh sorry for the wrong facts… I would update the post with the true ones asap….
      and for the tareef thank you… i don’t think females deserve more respect… but they do deserve equality
      of it…

  3. Life of the struggler February 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    We treat Mother Durga as “The Almighty Goddess” or as the “Aad-shakti”, But here we are treating the women of our family, society, religion, country as no more than a mere source to complete household chores. The thing is, India has always been an male dominant country, even from the ancient times. But lets not forget that even at that time women made their stand. That what they need to do now cause no one has power to stop you, unless you gave it to them….People will have to change before its too late

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