Actor Chintan Rachchh, who shifted to Mumbai from his hometown in Gujarat in 2018, misses the Navratri celebrations again dwelling. As an introvert, he by no means actively participated in dandiya occasions, however the festive ambiance and the keenness of the folks round him made him blissful. He tells us, “I by no means performed dandiya or garba being an introvert. I’d principally be concerned in puja or preparations at dwelling. However Navratri again dwelling was much better than that in Mumbai.”
Rachchh goes on, “The joy within the air was infectious, and even I, an introvert, would really feel blissful simply being round individuals who have been so smitten by every part associated to the pageant. A number of days earlier than Navratri would start, folks would begin making ready for the celebrations, and the power was palpable. And even after it was over, the celebrations would proceed. It was like an enormous household getting collectively. Each society would have occasions the place everybody would take part and carry out. Additionally, at dwelling, mother would do puja each single day. There’s a small temple in each home together with mine and mother would do aarti each single morning throughout Navratri. Each night, mother or sister, who so ever was free, would Garba aarti,” he provides.
Nevertheless, in Mumbai, he finds that there isn’t any group tradition and other people hardly work together with one another, making it unimaginable to have fun the pageant in the identical approach. “I’ve tried to have fun Navratri with my pals and colleagues, however it’s simply not the identical. As soon as, I attended a navratri occasion, and it was so filled with those that I may hardly breathe . There’s hardly any house right here (laughs). Additionally, there’s a lack of group interplay. It’s like we’re all simply residing in the identical house, however not likely connecting with one another, therefore you may’t actually count on society occasions,” he provides.
Rachchh believes that the shortage of group tradition in Mumbai is because of the fast-paced and aggressive nature of town. “Everyone seems to be so targeted on their very own objectives and aspirations that they don’t have time to cease and benefit from the little issues in life,” he says. “In Gujarat, folks would take break day from their busy schedules to have fun Navratri, however right here, individuals are too busy chasing their desires. Additionally, the occasions are very commercialised.”
Whereas it’s troublesome to return dwelling as a consequence of work commitments yearly, Rachchh shares how he tries to remain linked to the roots. “I do really feel at occasions that I’m not in contact with my roots however that’s once I consciously attempt to be in contact with my household throughout today in order that I don’t get disconnected. I’ll not be capable to have fun the pageant the way in which I used to again dwelling, however I nonetheless discover methods to benefit from the spirit,” he says, and provides, “This time, I’m planning to go dwelling for a household ritual. I’m not positive concerning the plan as it’s going to rely upon my work commitments, however I actually wish to go.”