I was really sure I wasn’t going to do this post. I knew everyone would do a post on Diwali so I thought I’d give it a skip. But I have caught the Diwali fever and feel compelled to do a small post on it.
We aren’t the type who enjoy over the top celebrations in general. So all festivals including Diwali tend to be low key events. A small family pooja, lots of diyas, a tiny rangoli at the enterance (how I wish Mumabi would offer us more space!!!) heaps of good food, close friends and family mark Diwali for us. No one is fond of crackers so we give those a skip each year- we have been doing this for so many years that I don’t remember the last time we bought crackers! Though I like to avoid crackers all together, I am kinda ok with crackers that sparkle- they don’t make much noise and are pretty to look at. Its the atom bombs that the shopkeepers sell off as patakas these days that I can’t stand! Of course all the kids in my building luurve the loud, earth shattering bombs. I think they feel Diwali is incomplete unless they make at least a few hairline cracks in the building.
Diwali is the only festival that makes me miss Delhi. In Mumbai Diwali is kinda your own festival- you do up your house, dress up and spend the better part of your evening bursting crackers and gorging with your immediate family. Diwali in Delhi was more personal. People came over to visit and brought along small gifts. You got to chit chat with family friends over tea served with mithai and dry fruits. The festival gave you the time and opportunity to re-connect with people. That sort of thing is entirely missing in Mumbai. I have been living in this city for years now. High time I learnt to like Diwali Mumbai style!
Here’s wishing all of you a great Diwali and a prosperous and happy new year!
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