So, why do I take part in the Nagar Kirtan?
To listen to the large number of dhol players!? Because I have nothing better to do on a Sunday? Maybe those alluring chollaybhaturaysamosayjalebis?! It might be a chance to meet up with my friends that I hardly get to see? I guess it’s good to get out and go for a nice long walk?
Gurcharan and I found ourselves asking this question this year – why is it that we go to the Nagar Kirtan? I must admit, I have never really questioned it before now – I have just gone.
A few people I know have actually made it a point NOT to take part in the Nagar Kirtan. I find myself on the verge of doing the same.
It is a shame – there was a time I really looked forward to the Nagar Kirtan – more importantly, I actually gained something from it. Now, im not too sure.
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Although, I do believe it is what you make of it, as with anything.
If I focus on the ‘dodgy’ bits, then I have already lost the plot. I guess with everything comes the ‘dark side!’. The trick is to simply ignore the dodgy-ness and enjoy what the Nagar Kirtan has to offer.
A few of the usual amusing things remain: the aunties with the empty Tesco bags that are spilling over by the end of the Nagar Kirtan, the trendy group of clean shaven boys with funky hairstyles and the smooth look shouting slogans to the likes of “raj karega…Khalsa” “Deg Tegh Fateh” and the rest. Oh and a new one this year at the Southall Nagar Kirtan, bhangra dancers – the uncle ji’s trying their best to copy the latest moves. Oh, what fun! For a minute I thought it was a mela! ;o)
All in all, it was nice. Got to do darshan of the Punj right at the beginning – which I have never got to do before. Poor lil mummy was half jogging half sprinting to keep up with Gurch and I. Must say it used to be much more fun with dad – my partner in crime!
He had a cheeky mind – just like me! Not fun at all by myself! :o(