Editorial

A Quirky Karwa Chauth

Arshpreet Kaur | October 27, 2018 04:29 PM

I never understood the concept of Karwa Chauth, how someone’s hunger can add extra years to one’s life?

My mother never observed one so I guess that made me a little judgemental about the whole concept. But never did I imagine in my wildest of my dream that one day I too have to undergo the same thing. I’m observing the fast today, the nirjala vrat but not for my beloved one rather for my sister’s better half.

Before everyone starts judging me let me clear one thing that I’m no home wrecker!

I had to do this because my sister asked me to do this....actually my sister delivered baby two days ago and she isn’t in the condition to observe but her mother-in-law was adamant about Karwa Chauth as she says it’s the matter of his son’s life! As if someone is pointing a sword on him and if she doesn’t observe fast, he will be beheaded.

Everyone was very anxious about this, that if she observes fast it might affect her and the newborn! So they all came to a conclusion that instead of her I will observe the fast ( I’m sure they all need a psychiatrist). I wanted to yell and say stop! This madness he is not gonna die if someone will not observe one, but again who listens to me...I’m the stupid youngest one.

So today is Karwa Chauth and I’m the victim of the madness of women of my house. That Parantha (my brother in law) is eating everything and here I’m feeling helpless. I mean who on earth asks an unmarried girl to observe fast for her Jiju?

I was even mad at my mother and was not talking to her. She came to me in the evening when I was impatient for the moon to come out and asked me how am I handling it? I furiously said thanks for the punishment Ma! She lovingly took me in her arms and explained me the meaning of Karwa Chauth, She said this fast is a symbol of love, the care you have for your life partner if by staying hungry you believe that the moon of your life will stay forever with you then why not? I asked her Why she doesn’t observe this fast, she said because my belief in God is stronger than believing in observing fast ( She is a saint, always puja-path).

She said all this while you were focusing on the fact that you were hungry but you couldn’t notice the fact that for whom you did this? YOUR SISTER... I’m proud of the fact that you observed this fast honestly and you didn’t even revolt just for the sake of your sister, just look at her how much she is happy. I’m proud of you that for loving her so dearly and festivals are all about celebrating love and so is this festival. The love of your life can be anyone...your sister, your husband...Anyone.

The moon came out and I asked my sister to help me with the closing of the fast. She fed me with her own hands with tears of happiness; we both knew this day will always be priceless in our lives and we celebrated our new found love with a hug.

The best Karwa Chauth and the best gift I got my sister’s happiness.

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