Monthly Archives: October 2016

Deepavali,the Festival of Lights.
A time for festivities and happiness for all.

Let that be so for everyone.

Celebrate it with puja and prayers,

If you want.Eat sweets and savouries.

Decorate your house with rangoli

Light diyas to beautify the house.

Wear new clothes.give to the needy.
 Naraka Chathurthi and Bali padami

In the south,Laksmi Puja in the west

Return of Rama after war in the north.

And Kali Puja in the east.

For men, gambling sessions for those 

who like to gamble,Dhanteras to buy 

More gold to adorn for ladies.wealth is prayed for.New accounts are opened.

Real significance lies in dispelling the 

Darkness in your heart and lit it up 

with good thoughts and deeds.

Be happy and make others happy.
Celebrate in whichever way you want.

Why crackers,adding to the pollution

Noise as well as environmental?

Think of the hundreds of deaths happening

As it is in wars and bomb blasts.

Why add to that? Last week two fires.

Negligence in storing and lack of stringent rules and punishment.

In one I.C.U patients

In another an I.A.S academy affected.

It is not the number of deaths which matter

Even one life is still precious to someone.
Think of the children involved in match factories.

And the hazards involved in that

All lives are valuable but with children more tragic.

Consider children’s safety and health if you must,celebrate with less harmful ones.

look at the mess it creates the day after.

Swatch Bharat is the current slogan.where is that?
Message is celebrate you must but no crackers.

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Deepawali or Diwali.The social aspects.
This is my Deepavali post for this year.I think I like this festival most.Leaving the religious aspects of it to better knowledgeable friends,I find a festive atmosphere visible throughout the country,unlike other festivals which are confined to particular regions of India.There are lot of tempting offers and discounts,generally genuine which one can buy for the house or for oneself and family.I don’t like crackers,being sound allergic but I love the lamps being lit.There is lot of beautification that is seen,be it the rangoli or the diyas.I have seen most places during Deepavali but Mumbai does it with a flair.In south there is more of ritualistic celebrations and in North,it is more showy.In the east it coincides with Kali puja and Deepavali is secondary.After Deepavali,there is Bhai dhuj,akin to Rakhi festival.

We,in south,buy new clothes for everyone in the family.The oldest lady of the family applies oil on the heads of younger people ,Haldi on the feet,and kumkum on the forehead.This still happens in traditional families though with reduction in joint families and children living in all parts of the world.Then there is the oil bath followed by dolling out a ball of Deepavali legium.,to offset the ill effects of mindless eating.Friends either come home or they go out.There were and are Deepavali releases of new movies,the importance of seeing it first day,first show greatly decreased ,with the advent of Television and programmes on T.V.with Solomon Pappiah’s Patti Mandram,heading the list of favourites.

I love my sarees,so lovingly selected by my daughter.My celebrations are minimalistic.Just as I posted yesterday,one sweet and one savoury and some bought from outside.I have a very natural tendency to diet.Whenever I see too much of food anywhere,either at home or in restaurants,I lose my appetite.I am very satisfied when there is a simple meal.

My Deepavali has started some two days back.I got the house cleaned thoroughly.My fans were dirty but with two fifty plus helpers I couldn’t get them cleaned.My husband was a born humorist and used to have a technique ,As soon as someone entered he would switch on the fan so that the dirt would not be visible in rotation.I could get something done at home.No one is going to open my cupboard which is still in a mess.I am expecting my sister to be here for Deepavali.Hope to see my daughter’s family tomorrow.My lift is out of order and because of my disabilities may not be able to go out anywhere.

Wishing all my friends and family a very happy Deepavali.

Deepavali morning and some thoughts.
It is around 8.45 now.I got up reasonably early at 6.30 because of my never failing cook.We are two old people,my sister and I, staying together for today and both eager to know why the paper had not come.Ultimately both of us settled down doing something else till the paper makes it appearance.

She is an yoga enthusiast.Both of us closing our eyes for different reasons.She,as part of her yoga routine and I,because I am drowsy.We would have our breakfast,the avalakki of the kannadiga so and aval Upma of the Tamilians soon and have our bath.

This year it has been a very quiet Deepavali.Some stray cracker sound somewhere.Either it is because of reduction of Sivakasi crackers or ban on Chinese ones.It makes me peaceful and happy.

There are so many goodies spread on the table that I don’t have any desire to eat anything.It is natural dieting in a way.

No chance of going anywhere and so new sarees would have to wait.I do expect somebody or other to wish us,apart from my daughter.

It is nine and time to get going.This is just written to provide some morning entertainment.As I am ending,some cracker sound is deafening and making my heart miss a beat.

Happy Diwali.