Lit Up

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ~ Bram Stoker, Dracula

Bursting with Life

We shall go wild with fireworks…And they will plunge into the sky and shatter the darkness. We don’t have any fireworks that big. ~ Natsuki Takaya


Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy…

Diwali Palaharam

  Across the country, and because of brain drain, the world in general, Indians are busy celebrating Diwali. I personally love Diwali-the festival of lights, because it also marks my own birth in the world. Imagine what a lovely time to be born, when e world lit up to drown the darkness! Anyway, we celebrate…

Let There Be Light!

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~Tecumseh

More Fireworks!

These crackers are also a hit here. They are called flower pots, or anar. They tend to give out a lot of smoke too, but I got two hues this year, red and green. I didn’t know what to put up so I collated both together!

Coloring with Powder

Rangolies are an integral part of Diwali celebrations. Every house sports these colored powder patterns at their door steps, accentuated with diyas and lamps. This one isn’t mine, but a pattern I saw in front of one of the houses.  Pretty neat, isn’t it?

Sweet Toothed

Sweets and savouries are an part of celebrations for any festival in India. While some are made specifically for the occasion, Diwali usually sees no such restrictions. It’s that one time of the year when people forget about their crash diets, weight-loss plans, and calorie meters and dig in to the sweet platter on offer….

Bursting Crackers

When the King and Queen of Ayodhya return to their kingdom, walking through lanes lit by clap lamps, people shower their joy by illuminating the skies with fireworks. Although today it amounts to noise and wind pollution, inflation and eco-friendliness has ensured that my spirits have surely dampened. But I can’t see that as a…

Light Up Your Life

There is a cute little advertisement from Coca-Cola that is airing locally which celebrates the essence of Diwali. I don’t know how many of you can understand the words, the underlying meaning of the ad is count your blessings, do something for others and this festive season be thankful for the memories. So I would like to…