Diwali: A reason to celebrate and an excuse to gorge on mithaai!!
Diwali, the festival of lights signifies the victory of knowledge over ignorance using the symbol of ‘light’. Where knowing how much ghee and sugar goes into a single kaju-barfi, ignorance is bliss!
Though Diwali in Mumbai is a whole lot jazzier and noisier with poker parties and being stuck in massive traffic jams on Marine Drive, Diwali away from the family is not quite the real thing. This time, I’m back home, spending some much-needed time with the family, and taking part in the puja. Through the unintelligible words of the pujari, I somehow understood the real essence of Diwali.
For most, Diwali is about the tussle of festive clothes, the array of splendid sweets or the colourful fireworks and an excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol. Diwali, more than anything, is a time for togetherness, a time to forgive and to start afresh.
I helped clean my home, went shopping for new clothes for family and staff, sent personalised messages abstaining from the mass-messaging mania, lit diyas and gave mom company in keeping away from the sweets (she’s diabetic).
For all the diabetics out there, don’t let Diwali beat you silly. India’s now stormed with sugar free chocolates, laddoos and gulab jamun’s. Khaao- piyo- aish karo, without the guilt.
For the Poker-faced: make sure you know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold and know when to walk away! Stay away from Johnny! Whether he’s wearing a Red, Black or Blue Label, he’s probably going to turn that Royal flush into one that flushes those chips right across the table before you know it! Although, if you’ve been seeing your wallet empty at the poker table, you might want to visit to Johnny and make sure you don’t actually remember how much you lost! So, amidst all the chaos, say that silent prayer to Goddess Laxmi for whatever you wish for!