Chatt Puja: Kheer Roti Evening
I was thinking of Kerala Taylor’s story about how, when we meet someone in their home on an AirBnB visit, we’re worried about way different things than when we meet them online. For example, we may not need them to be Republican or Democrat, support LGBTQIA or not, or be vocal for human rights.
What we do need, from an Airbnb host or guest, however, is good house manners: a dustbin lined with a trash bag, a clean dining table, a functioning toilet and bathroom with working flush and shower and kitchen appliances and a stocked fridge. At that point, as a guest or host, we care less for their politics and more for their ability to pick up after themselves.
I could experience Kerala’s sentiment for myself when I went for the Chhat Puja celebrations yesterday. I am a KarmaYogini. I believe in work, not in worship. However, for three nights, with my neighbors, who take piety and prayer to a whole new level, I found myself more interested in the two big-party-with-food issues (than in the austerity of their faith.)
- How much food and what quality, how to eat the correct quality and not annoy my hostess or my trainer/dietician.
- How nice my hostess was being to me and if she’d take a picture of me at her place after I took one of her!
That said, here are some pictures of the food and the festival so far: these pictures are of the day their rigorous waterless fast starts.
The festive prayer food is pudding, rotis(bread) and bananas. My neighbor tweaks the menu for guests, adding a vegetable to go with the bread along with the sweet pudding.