If I have to say one phrase that represents India in my mind, it is this – “Tryst with Destiny”. The fight for independence and the subsequent events hold a prominent part in the history of India. History buffs or those older, who know the significance of this phrase will know it as the speech that was delivered by Nehru on the eve of India’s independence.
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
The adage that best things in life are free is really true when you experience the prasadam served at Tirumala. It is not a meal which does not only feed the body, it also feeds the soul. When one can see beyond the teaming masses of people spilling through every way possible to have a sight for a split second of the Almighty. The sight of the belief, that comes from every devotee is palpable.
Dew drops on the leaves shining like diamonds,
Reflecting the first rays of the Sun,
Smell of fresh South Indian filter coffee
MS Subbalakshmi’s Venkateshwara Suprabhatam
Can a morning that starts like this be anything but a joy? Many a Telugu movie, start with that scene where the swirls of the coffee is shown with ‘kausalya supraja rama’ playing in the back ground. We do not know who is being awakened, the Supreme Lord Narayana or the ‘aham’ – the coffee connoisseur.
Dear God, I now know why
You always prefer to have your abode
On the mountains.
It is to teach us that when we climb up
We should learn to leave our baggage behind.
Visiting Tirupati and Tirumala was a highlight during the summer holidays. It was a resort/retreat/piligrimage all rolled in one. That was the only place where we stayed in cottages/hotels and not a under a relative’s roof. Needless to say – me and my sister and brother used to thrilled about the trip.
I used to have this feeling that people who stayed in tourist places always had a picnic. Everyone who grew up in South India – at some point of the time or other must have visited Tirupati and Tirumala. Continue reading