I remember my childhood Sundays for the oil bath I had to mandatorily have. My parents used to insist that I should take oil bath without fail every week as it helps to reduce the body heat and add shine to the skin. I was following it till I was Class XII and after that slowly started becoming a fortnightly then monthly and now a Diwali exercise!!
When I moved out to Chennai for job the possibility of having an oil bath started diminshing and it was possible only if I happened to go home once in 3 months or so. As the habit slowly forgotten, I didnt try to revive it even after I took a house and settled down in Chennai.
I remember the Oil-bath sundays particularly when you follow the bath with chinna vengaiyam (small onion) sambar and urulaikilangu (patoto) curry or a Vegetable Pulav which my mother can alone make. (if I say this to my wife, she says if sumptuous coconut paste is added all Veg Pulav's taste good!! ok thats a different story). You finish off the oil bath lazily by 10 or 11 AM and sit down with the whole family for the brunch. Normally it would be a three course lunch consisting of Sambar, Sambar again and thayir sadam. Rasam doesnt interest much on days when you have chinna vengaiya sambar. If it is Veg Pulav, again it was a three servings of Pulav. Now I dont think I would be able to eat that much eveb if I like it. After this haughty meal, you sleep like a log for another 2-3 hours in the afternoon. You get completely refreshed for another hectic week.
After a long time, I took oil bath this sunday. Of course, just like anything else now, it is again a stripped down version. Oil only on the head but not on the whole body. Didn't follow up with either a three course meal nor an afternoon sleep. Now the challenge is to get my son into this routine! Guess, it is ambitious to convince these guys now.