Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The other side of the aangan...

The Other Side....

Most of the village homes have a concept of an aangan . This place has got multiple usages. A few of them being, place to keep the crops after the harvest, a place for family meals, where grandma would cook fresh on the chulha and serve us, who waited hungrily sitting on the floors, a place for learning how to walk, how to ride a cycle, a place to dry clothes, a place to hop around on the bricks when it rained and one had to put bricks to go to the other side....

The other side of the aangan is a non-pakka makaan, made of mud and bricks. This rooms on this side also served as a place to play hide and seek to the kids.

Now these rooms lie empty, perhaps filled with cobwebs only.

2 comments:

Rhapsody said...

:))
The beautiful description reminds me so much of home.
I have so many memories of our family 'aangan' back in Lucknow. The sweetest part is that 3 generations have learnt to walk in that aangan - my dad; then my borthers and now nephews and nieces :))

Kshitiz Anand said...

:) Nice Swati!