Indian Halloween

Okay, so it is a funny thought. Don’t you think kanjak is like Indian Halloween for little girls? Just instead of candies, they get tenners and halwa-puri.

For little reference, Kanjak is the culmination of Navratri ( i.e. 9 days of fasting) to worship 9 different avatars of Goddess Durga. More like celebrating girl empowerment in Indian style.

For years, my only source of income was kanjak. Twice a year, I could save up some money to buy fancy stuff like expensive set of sketch pens or a Hello Kitty sidebag. Ah! The delight of piggy bank full of coins and sweet crisp notes. And the sense of responsibility it came with. Oh my my! That money was way too close to my heart. And if I was to be pranked by my parents (like Jimmy Kimmel thing i.e. my parents tell me they spent all my money without my permission ), I would also cry the hell out.

But now that I am an adult and going to the neighbors’ house to fetch ten rupees would be an awkward thing to do, it is kinda sad. Gone are the good old days. *Sigh* We should also party like adults do on Halloween. That would be revolutionary!

//Until next time


P.S. Don’t tell me that we do enjoy jalebi and samosas on Dusshera. That is different, man.


  1. I am guilty of taking my daughter’s Kanjak money which she got this Navratri…fine she is just 2.5 year old and my good Neighbors they bothered to maintain the social distancing by giving the halwa poori chana thaali direct to my home…๐Ÿ˜‚

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