Merry Christmas!

Continuing the celebrations of Christmas – the close friend and I decided to attend the midnight mass.

We sat down to research on the church to go to. Holy Name Cathedral (also known as Wodehouse Church), Colaba, Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Fort, Saint Michael’s Church, Mahim and the Mount Mary’s Basilica, Bandra were among the few churches that were considered.

After some research we zeroed down on the Wodehouse Church for the following reasons:

  1. My love for south Mumbai;

  2. We were to be joined by two other friends, who working late into the evening and are at a  5 min distance from the said church.[They didn’t come – calls for another story:) ];

  3. The Cathedral Choir is one of the best in Mumbai;

  4. We have never been to this church and they say that the wish that you make when you enter any church for the first time come true! The secret agenda was to make a wish!

The close friend who usually works late was given strict warning to get out of office on time on Christmas eve. We wanted to reach the church half an hour early just to get the best seats available.

As we were crossing the road to reach the station, the close friend’s blackberry fell on the road and a car ran over it. The display of the phone stopped working. We went to the nearest blackberry store and found out that the phone should work if we replace the display. We were relieved. The cost of replacement was negligible in comparison to the cost of the phone!

The midnight mass at Wodehouse Church was beautiful and made our celebrations of the birth of baby Jesus a divine experience.

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Christmas morning started on a dull note as the friend had office to attend. However the day became exciting with my trip to Matunga to repair the close friend’s blackberry. What was supposed to be a one hour job turned out to be a one day long picnic. The ‘techie’ who was to repair the black berry was to take one hour to reach the shop. And that time gap led me to explore all the second hand book stalls at Matunga!

The result is what you see in the picture!

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The new friend who runs the second hand book stall , a ninth standard pass gave me a review of almost every book he knew of!

Some general information which was given are as follows:

  1. ‘The Secret’ is a good book but the rest of the books written by the author are not that great!

  2. The pirated version of ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ and the other books in the series are in great demand. But he thinks they are not worth reading 🙂

  3. Second hand books of Ayn Rand always sells!

  4. Chetan Bhagat‘s books are  always in the list of best sellers – be it pirated or second-hand book.

The most surprising part is he knows to read but has not read a single page of any of these books! After a whole day of selling books, he does not have the time.

Without reading, he is more literate than all of us.

The day ended on a happy note – I gifted myself some or rather many books and the close friend’s blackberry is working!

Oh yes! – We had dosa ( Appam was not available at Sneha Restaurant, Mahim) and nadan chicken curry for dinner – to complete the Christmas celebration!

All good! Awaiting the New Year.

Christmas time!

“……..Dashing through the snow

In a one-horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bobtail ring’

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to ride and sing

A sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way.

Oh! what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh.

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the way;

Oh! what fun it is to ride

In a one-horse open sleigh…………..”

 I look forward to Christmas not because we have any huge celebration at home. But because it’s the time for homecoming. Sister and I come home for Christmas irrespective of whichever part of the word we are. At least one of us remains at home if not the both of us.

 This time it is different as both us will not be at home. Mum and dad are upset – but they understand!

 I recollect some of my favorite Christmas celebrations:

 If I recollect correctly, I attend a huge Christmas party for children at the age of 6 or 7. The interesting part was that the Santa came on a Scooty and gave all of us gifts that we wished for! At that age I was astonished that Santa figured out what I wanted. Later I did realize that all parents had to give gifts meant for the kid along with the registration details for the party!

 Christmas celebrations at school have always been exciting. We used to have carol singing and plays as a part of Christmas celebration. I got an opportunity to become an angel in the plays two or three times! Though walking around with the wings was a little tiring, I was excited to be a part of that world 🙂

 Due to absence of one of the boys , I did become a Shepard too in one of the school plays. Since it was decided at the last moment I could not inform my dad and even he did not recognize that his daughter was one of the shepherds 🙂

 I do remember some of the Christmas celebrations at one of the churches in Fort Cochin were my parents are members – Karuvellipady St Mary’s Church, Fort Cochin. I remember being a part of the play wherein, yet again I was one of the angels! The play turned out to be hilarious when all the angels started laughing seeing some hay stuck in the crown of one of the ‘three kings’!

 Once we moved to the flat at Cochin, we have never had groups coming home to sing Christmas carol except once. This was a couple of years ago when the members of Karuvellipady St Mary’s Church, Fort Cochin embarked on the exciting journey. It was a pleasure welcoming them home. My sister did capture the fun in a photograph of me with the carol singing group, wearing the santa cap and framed it. Now it’s a permanent fixture in our drawing room.

 I have no idea how this Christmas is going to be –away from family. Intent to celebrate it with close ones in the city of dreams!

 The celebration has indeed begun with a close friend – Divya Nair! We decorated the flat and even made our small Christmas tree!

 We decorated it over the weekend since we may not get time during weekdays! Close friend is working on Christmas too – Welcome to Mumbai 🙂

 Thanks to my secret Santa at office – Preeti Bakshi who gifted me the Mother Mary! Looks beautiful isn’t it?!

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The close friend was more excited than me to decorate the Christmas tree since it was her first time! And she did it beautiful too 🙂

 More on Christmas celebrations after 25th . Till then – Merry Christmas to all!

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