A Million Aspirations.
That was how my Diwali was, as a kid.
And, that's how, it is, even today.
Why, didn't you notice the Dia above, adorning my blog-post, even?
A line of Dias.
The literal meaning of Diwali, isn't it?
That's how my house, donned a new hat, for Diwali celebrations too, every single year.
Dias and those electronic lights, too, adorned every nook and corner of my house.
Not one single spot remain unlit! ^_^
|The Diwali Of 2012.|
Over the years, it does bring back, an adrenaline rush, a requisite nostalgia...
To see the child in me, surface, dusting away the layers of maturity, for that day, that evening of celebration, even now. :)
To see, how Diwali as a festival, has taken up new meaning, over the years.
For us, on a personal level, it's elating.
However, on the macro level, as a member of the Indian Society, it's disturbing.
You know why, don't you?
It's the pivotal point of burning crackers.
How, we as a family, have refrained from polluting the environment, and adopted eco-friendly measures.
So, now you know, that I've never burnt crackers, since age 6!
For me, Diwali has already been a familial affair, and never have I stayed away from family, for any of my Celebrations. :D
For me, Diwali always meant spending time with my Mother, taking in her culinary expertise, for, the conventional sweets, which were sold in those sweet shops in the Market across the lane, we used to gleefully replicate at Home...
Sweets + Glee - Humongous Amounts Of Ghee => Joyous Indulgence. ^_^
You say it, and my Mother used to make it.
All Home Made! :)
So much so, that the Aunty's from the neighbourhood, too, used to savor them and even request her for a supposed 'Secret Recipe'. ^_^
Even today, over an entire generation, Diwali, as a festival for Charu, has been an exciting as well as an enriching experience.
|The Ganesh Arti|
Each Diwali, for her even, has been purely, very blissfully, a #GharWaliDiwali! :)
However, these Diwali's over the years, have been minimally pretentious.
And, maximally heartfelt.
I've stayed away from those people who 'you-know-why', make a public display of how Goddess Lakshmi has blessed them with elaborate riches...
And, for us, it has never been as elaborate. Only as much heartfelt as it could be.
No show - off strings attached! :)
My Diwali has always been a #GharWaliDiwali.
This time too, it is a #GharWaliDiwali.
And, hopefully, it will always be, a #GharWaliDiwali.
This post has been written as a part of Indi Happy Hours' #GharWaliDiwali in association with PepsiCo and IndiBlogger.