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It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth

I must confess at the outset that it was after ages that I partook of langar at a gurdwara on Friday. But as soon as I entered the gurdwara in Sector 44A on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev Prakash Purb, memories came flooding of childhood and youth in Sector 8C gurdwara where our ‘gang’ of friends commanded a near monopoly of serving the sangat.

There were already massive crowds in, and many more pouring in every minute. Not surprisingly, the large premises of the holy place appeared to further expand in size, as it were, to absorb the never ending stream of devotees immersed in the religious and festive spirit of the occasion.

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People were queued up in large numbers inside the main hall to pay their respects to the Guru Granth Sahib as teams of ragis rendered shabads. The more devout among them were seated in the hall, absorbed and apparently connected with the Guru and his teachings.

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

In the gurdwara compound, hundreds on hundreds of devotees were seated in dozens of rows in the open and roofed langar area as the volunteers, unmindful of their clothes smeared with sabji-dal, served them with devotion and “Wahe Guru Ji” on their tongue.

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

The menu was a sea change from our times, more elaborate than those simple times. I remember, when we used to serve the sangat it was just plain dal, alu-gobi di sabji, parshada and kheer, apart from the most sought after burning hot kadha parshad.

Bundi ladoo were being served with kadha parshad, the alu-gobi had been replaced by matar-paneer-alu and the mixed dal had chanas added in. There was also chawal and kadhi, pickled salaad, and jalebi to boot.

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

It Was A Sweet Journey Down Memory Lane To Days Of Childhood & Youth, Lifeinchd

A surprise awaited the devotees after partaking of the langar. Some volunteers were seen serving them packaged Lahori Zeera Soda and biscuits.

Overall, the experience, which took me down memory lane, was worth cherishing all my life, just as similar experiences of childhood and youth!              

 

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