Deepavali


Now that Deepavali has come and gone, the city will sigh a breath of relief with the floating population reducing and normalcy returning. But one aspect that will be bursting in its seams is the local and inter city transportation systems. Police and transportation authorities will have their handsful in juggling the location where the buses are parked for passenger boarding and deboarding. The Hindu reports that between Oct 22 and Oct 25, a lots of travel arrangements for reduce congestion due to buses parked in the Main Bus-stand area near junction in effect.

  • The buses proceeding to Coimbatore, Tirupur and Karur  should be parked in front of Femina Hotel, and from there, proceed through Williams Road, Othakadai, MGR statue to Coimbatore, Tirupur and Karur.
  • Buses bound for Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Nagapattinam and Velankanni should stop near Abirami Hotel and take the passengers from there and proceed through Kalaiarangam Theatre, Head Post Office and the TVS Tollgate.
  • Buses bound for Chennai should halt at the first bay in the bus stand, where Thanjavur and Kumbakonam bound buses are halted at present.
  • All omni buses should stop near Roshan Mahal Kalyana Mandapam on the VOC Road and pass through Aristo roundtana. These buses are to be parked outside the Central Bus Stand.

But this kind of Traffic planning is only a temporary measure and it will increase confusion to he public. Those who are in a hurry to catch the buses and those who did not read about these changes are bound to get confused and look at the buses inside the central Bus stand.  I think they should permanently move the buses plying towards Madras, Coimbatore and other destinations North of Trichy to Sathiram Bus Stand and leave the buses plying to South in Main Busstand. Sathiram Busstand will burst in seams if done like this but atleast it can be expanded and not Central Bus Stand.  Advantage with Sathiram Busstand is it is in the border of the city and the buses will be out of the city’s main thoroghfare very quickly.

I am not even talking about the local townbuses here. Put them in this mix, the result will be chaos in gargantuan proportion. But this is a part and parcel of enjoying the festival in Trichy. People are so used to it, now a days they take this in stride.

Mainguardgate , the hub of trichy’s shopping experience is filled with people now. As I write this it is Deepavali eve and the place will be packed with shoppers, vendors, hawkers and petty thieves. All the former three has to be careful about the latter as they will be very busy as well tonight. Police will be in full force today in NSB road, Periyakadai veethi, Nandhikoil Street, Singarathopu and Super Bazaar. But they can do only so much. They have installed a security camera in NSB road to monitor the situation there from a distance. There is a police booth setup near the temple to assist the shoppers, who waited this last minute to dash for a pre deepavali purchase. According to The Hindu, Traders and the public, carrying large amounts in cash, could avail protection from the police free of cost (??) by contacting the following telephone numbers:

Assistant Commissioner, Fort – 2713488/9443173282;

Inspector (L&O), Fort – 2704355/9994472725;

Assistant Commissioner (Crime),Fort – 2712288/9443367897;

Inspector (Crime),Fort – 2417832/9842482081

Control Room at 100.

But anyway, MainguardGate will be going crazy now until late tonight. In yesteryears people will line up in the Maris Complex to get into the first show for a movie ( usually Rajni and Kamal fans will go crazy with cutouts and Aarthi etc..) Of course, there used to be a crowd to watch the crowd, clogging the already narrow Bridge. But now, Maris Theater itself is reeling with reduced customer base and hence the glitz and glamour is gone from deepavali releases there.

With the first Pattasu at tomorrow 06:00 AM , the Mainguardgate will return to normalcy. Many will find their refuge in their couches watching the “Deepavali programs” in Tamil Cable Channels so that they can curse the producers of the shows for inept programming and stereotype nigalchigal.

Appada Deepavali vanthacchu……………………

Crackers are for Deepavali like gifts are for Christmas in West. There are groups who painstakingly explain that crackers are waste of money and so are Excessive gifts for Christmas. There are certainly lots of merit to their arguments , but for kids, crackers for deepavali and gifts for Christmas are a requirement. They wait for them the entire year and when time comes the thrill in showing off is far greater than anything.

But like anything in life a little care will go a long way in making the deepavali accident free for the people who burst crackers and for those who enjoy watching them. ( Don’t have to worry about rockets zapping through someone’s house or someone’s dhoti :))

The TN Pollution control board has taken several steps to educate public on the effects of crackers on the environment. District Collectors have been requested to create awareness among public, highlighting the environmental impact of bursting fire crackers through schools, colleges and local bodies.

The police have been asked to ban firecrackers which were above the 125 db `A’ level, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

I am not sure which crackers fall in this decibel levels.

It would have been very useful for law enforcement and general public, if instead of dB levels, the commercial names of the crackers were released.

If any of you reading this know the commercial names, please let me know. I will update this post.

Fire and Rescue department has given some tips to follow while bursting crackers.

  • Crackers should be burst in open places
  • A bucket of mud and water should be kept nearby while bursting Crackers.
  • The crackers should not be stuffed inside a tin or bottle to burst it.

I can’t believe that many will follow the second tip but nevertheless, they are very sound advices.

One thing I am not sure why no one talks about is the potential fire hazard due to sangu chakram, bosvaanams, sattai and Pambu muttais. Mostly these are enjoyed indoors ( except bosvaanams) and the potential for fire hazard is very high with these not to mention the health effects due to inhaling the vapours released in close spaces.

Anyway, Everyone have a Great and Safe Deepavali with lots of sweets and smiles.

For yummy deepavali recipes, refer to a this page in a blog.

During Deepavali season, ( the entire month preceeding Deepavali) some places in Trichy like MainguardGate and its sorrunding areas are specially crowded.

MaingaurdGate

This place is the Times Square of Trichy during festival season. Flashy Billboards in shops screaming for attention is a common site. Although Mainguardgate looks as if it has more “Jowli Kadais“, in reality it has a lot of many things. The people from nearby villages throng mainguardgate to buy their jowlis and have a good time during their day of purchase. ( eat at one of the many restaurants, buy sweets in sweetshops, eat icecream in icecream parlors etc.) The custom of buying Jowlis for the entire family by the entire family can be seen very commonly. The people with cosmopolitan background may be shopping individually, but people from nearby villages can be seen in family groups doing their purchase. The decibel level in their shopping experience will be high due to excitement and the Jowli salesman will have a tough time in controlling their enthusiasm and still making them buy within their money. Some shops like Saratha’s has crowd control measures in effect for the past one month. The guide bars in the front of the showroom has come up a month ago and usually will remain till karthigai festival. Although Saratha’s has perenninal Sales ( “Thallupadi“), deepavali season’s thallupadi is always special and people are attracted towards that like a moth to a light. As they sell jowli to cater the entire family, the group of family members can finish their jowli purchase in one place. I wish they had a restaurant inside so that people who come in to thier world can have something to eat as well after their exhausting experience. Another shop which is famous for Jowli in maingaurdgate is Thaila Silks. Although they have multiple shops to cater the entire family, the original shop which caters only Silk sarees is the highlight. The crowd is so heavy in the shop you can see the sarees that need to be billed will be transferred by air between strategically placed people to the kalla petti. It is a fantastic work of logistics. It takes an effort to go in and get out of the shop without sweating due to urasals.They also have Thallupadi and people love that. Although new shops like Chennai Silks is attracting a lot of attention and crowd, the shops in NSB road is still packed.

It is not only the shops in NSB Road that are popular, but all the shops in Chinna Kadai veethi, Periya kadai veethi, Singarathoppu, SuperBazaar and shops in St.Joseph’s ground, Nandi koil street will also be packed. The banks in Nandikoil Street will be busy catering to the monetary needs which will be spent in the adjacent streets. The traffic ( which is usually one way) in NSB road is completely stopped and people have to walk to different shops. This gives more sales customers for road side sales people, who when allowed by police will be doing their brisk business, keeping an eye for customers and the police. You can see street hawkers holding on to their dear goods to their bodies and making it a walking shop.

Burma Bazaar ( I am not sure why we have this name for those shops) will be as usual catering to the taste for the foreign goods. Although it has lost its lusture due to the relaxed import restrictions, it still a busy place during this time.

It is not only the jowli shops that scream “Thallupadi” but also the electronic shops in Super Bazaar, Singarathope and furniture shops in the maingaurdgate area will be screamin’ as well. Offlate, with more disposable income, people started buying New Furnitures and Electronic goods also during the deepavali time.

To sum it up, Mainguardgate is the place to be during this time to enjoy the crowd , that is …if you don’t get caught in it and pulled along with it.