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Diwali

Diwali is one of the most awaited, celebrated and significant festivals of India. It is also fondly known as the ‘festival of lights’; all homes and localities beautifully adorned with diyas and fairy lights. The festive spirit is highly contagious, with everyone feverishly shopping for new clothes and gifts, cleaning and beautifying the house, families getting together for the festival and tripling ones calorie intake.

I have the most beautiful childhood memories of Diwali.
Schools would shut for almost a month long vacation. Endless hours of playing with friends and indulging in cracker bursting competitions(which was probably the most coveted event of the year), drawing rangolis outside the house(with everyone competing to create a design more attention-grabbing than the rest), the innumerable differently coloured sweets(available in every imaginable colour), friends and relatives visiting each other(and exchanging fancy gifts, of course), Laxmi poojas(which one had to sit through if one wanted to go outside and play after)the excitement of wearing a new dress bought specially for the occasion(which when you’re young is probably just 4-5 times a year), and lots and lots of lights and colours and sparkles everywhere!

I’ve grown up loving the festival, and because I’m always looking for an excuse to dress up in ethnic stuff, I love it even more.
I picked one of my mother’s many sarees for the occasion , a beautiful green and red combination and wore it with a pale golden blouse. This was the first time we clicked pictures wearing a saree and also the first time we were clicking indoor. I was terribly scared about the outcome, but Syddharth being the genius he is, got some gorgeous shots, and so here we finally are with our Diwali post which we are so excited about!

Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali! :)





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Happy Diwali 2014 

The tradition and story of Diwali lies the age old significance of the victory of light over darkness; the lights that illuminate homes and hearts in India, like traditions all over the world, a symbolic renewal of hope. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope. While popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to yogic philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Dewali refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality- bringing peace and radiant joy.

Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.
You are the security,
the shelter of the spirit of Lovers.
Oh the sultan of sultans,
of any other king,
why do you worry?
Be silent, like a fish,
and go into that pleasant sea.
You are in deep waters now,
of life’s blazing fire.
Why do you worry?
«Pankajsakina»