And so comes the festival of lights, a time for festivities and family gatherings and a day to signify the triumph of good over evil. Light over darkness. it’s Diwali time.
My earliest memory of Diwali was the times spent together with extended family. When it was Diwali, it was the time everyone would get together. Periappa used to get the best crackers that were available in the market, always! And then who can forget the new dresses and food. And bursting crackers with everyone was great fun. Our biggest challenge was to find a bottle to launch our rockets. We(me along with my cousins) would have great fun during this time as it was the only time, probably year round where all of us would be under one roof. Later, during my college days there was a craze to watch movies released during Diwali. I can still remember vividly watching 4/5 major movies released that year(think it was 2006). Good times!
As we grow, the enthusiasm to burst crackers waned off. They were no more the exciting thing they used to be. As the name of the bombs kept changing(Laxmi, atom, nuclear and what not!), the interest too deteriorated. Also contributing to this was the fact that crackers cause pollution(noise, smoke) and Diwali was never the same again. There were restrictions everywhere, for everything.
Once you move away from Chennai(Tamil Nadu), Diwali is never the same ever again. You hardly feel any festivity and given the fact that some countries I’ve stayed in do not even declare Diwali as a holiday. It is just another day in the calendar. Except for the wishes you receive on social media, where you get the same msg/video/text forwarded in multiple groups. The spirit of Diwali is lost in its entirety.
இனிய தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துகள்!!!