Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Diwali!

In most of South India, the Deepavali holiday is today, while it is tomorrow in all other parts of the country. That's okay, it is basically an extended holiday, what with Deepavali, Diwali, Bhai Dhuj, New Year, all of it happening in different parts of the country through the whole week.

Chennai's Deepavali has been growing quieter year after year and this year continued that trend. But the reduction in decibel levels of the fireworks has been combined with an increase in their smoke output; there's so much of smoke around the city that it feels more like early morning on bhogi day. With the rains stayed away the whole of yesterday and also today, the fireworks had a lot of dry ground to support their displays - and we had a good time of it, for about 2 hours, non-stop, today.

Happy Deepavali, everyone! No one will deny that the world needs a lot of light, laughter and happiness amidst all the gloom that's around us - so let this Deepavali bring a New Year of prosperity and joy all around!


moochhi said...

hey, beautiful photo.

diwali is really a time for celebration. chennai has this year really seen wonderful (and perhaps expensive) fireworks.

may i wish this blog a very happy, peaceful and contented year ahead.

Shantaram said...

>> Moochhi>> Thank you! Hope you had a great Diwali and a wonderful, fulfilling year ahead!