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…

Pleasing Goddess Lakshmi

The first night of Diwali falls on amavasya, or the new moon night. The night begins with a simple pooja to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. We pray that her blessing stay with us all year-long, and she stays to help us achieve what we righteously deserve. This is a lamp I received as a gift from my…

Lights Galore

Finally the Festival of lights is here! Diwali holds a lot of importance across various religious communities in India for a number of reasons. While the festivities run into 4-days for some communities, for us it’s just for a day. The night before Lakshmi Pooja is the nigh before the new moon. That is the day…

Deception Point?

Look at the picture closely. What do you see? Can you tell me what the lamps are made of and how they have been illuminated?

Let There Be Light!

As a part of our office decoration for Diwali (an Indian festival of lights), this lamp is made of used Styrofoam tea cups, and discarded DVD’s spray painted with diluted poster colors and loads of glitter. The effort comes to life when the diyas (earthen lamps) were finally lit and the festivities followed!