Happy Diwali! *:･ﾟ✧ The yearly festival of lights symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and new beginnings. I went to a Diwali festival today to aid in writing Rachna’s character since she is Indian, and took some extra notes on some things to incorporate into Raising Home!
Also pictured here is my beautiful friend Isha (in the glasses), and her sister Rachna (who inspired the name)! I met with her and her parents this summer to interview them about what it’s like to be an Indian family living in the US, and learn some first hand info about customs, food, clothing, holidays, etc. With their help we pinpointed that Rachna’s profession as a nurse would weave back to the state of Kerala, where medical professions are prominent, and thus how that effects her meals, language, traditions, and more.
Keep an eye out for a scene where John and Ferdinand join Rachna and Samil for Diwali one night :)