Friday, October 10, 2008

The Goddess of Learning

Saraswathi Puja has moved with the times; it now acknowledges digital as well as printed sources of knowledge. And since these are also the tools of my trade, they did for the Ayudha Puja as well.

Puja-room doors, I learnt recently, are a formalized, thriving industry. There are shops, even entire streets, dedicated to them. You can buy a whole door or you can buy decorative bits, as my parents did, and create your own around the antique wooden figurines that you’ve never quite known what to do with. But you can see why it’s such a big business. The door lifts the little puja-room to temple level, giving the space within a sort of sacred weight.

The Goddess seems to have stepped up service levels because it’s barely two days and I’ve won a blogging prize already – and real money too, not a poxy plastic pen-shaped trophy.

I continue to learn many things every day, very little of which is fit for public consumption.


nzm said...

Sigh...maybe I need a Puja-room door to change my luck!

Congratulations on the blogging prize! Give us more detail so that we can celebrate and be even more impressed!

Gargoyle said...

I wish I could say it was for my own blog, but the puja-room door only goes so far :)

My office blog had a competition and my post won a prize. I got a 2000-rupee voucher for Shoppers' Stop (a sort of Indian Debenhams).

Anonymous said...

Elaaaam oru thodakkam maathram!

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