happy D

October 16, 2009

I know people who make the stars, but I hadn’t thought far enough to the people who make kandils/phanooses 🙂 This lady was on my way home after a walk and she was painstakingly putting papers on the frames and then decorating them with handmade roses – such works of art!
This is really my favorite time of year. Most building in Mumbai have lights and lanterns in their balconies – several even have color coordinated ones. Coming into the city from the airport, the government colonies look like multistoried fairy tale houses, each block uniformly sporting a different colored kandil: 21 houses with all yellow kandils, the next 21 with all orange, then 21 of red. It’s magical.

Which reminds me, we haven’t strung up our lights yet. How will Lakshmi know where to come if it’s all dark here? 🙂


3 Responses to “happy D”

  1. Gopal Sea says:

    For rehabilitated schizophrenics like me, a Diwali in Mumbai at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences which respects me despite my insanity and takes me in as a Good Will in the Hunting, it’s certainly a Diwali for hope indeed

  2. Animesh Raj says:

    you made me nostalgic. i remember how we would shop enthusiastically for crackers, designer diyas, and vibrant kandeels when i used to live at home…now my diwalis are spent in my college and it’s pretty dull 🙁

  3. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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