When Hari was born, my sister-in-law suggested that we follow the practice of dhrishti suthu podaradhu. We started on a whim and have stuck to it for the past nine years. Every Sunday night, just before bedtime, Da lights the camphor, swirls it around the three of us as we recite the slokam with the altar behind us – Kaarar mennikku kannu ondrum varamal, serar thirumenikku thiruvanthi kappu.
I don’t think we believe in the idea of someone casting an evil eye, but the practice has served other purposes. It gives us closure to the weekend and gets us mentally ready for the work week. It reminds us that we do not and cannot control everything. It strengthens our faith that there is a higher power watching over us. It reminds us to be thankful and to not take the two precious little persons in our lives for granted.
Hopefully, one day when the kids reminisce about this childhood routine, it will warm their hearts as they recall how they would giggle, and compete to complete the slokam.