Happy Diwali Folks!

The day is about to end. But for most of us who celebrate Diwali, or Deepawali for some, the night is still young. I gave up burstin’ crackers long ago – yep, I did love them, but I hate the thought that 97% of them are handmade by pre-adolescent kids – and so I go up to the terrace just to see the city all lit up! The sight is lovely, I must admit.

Diwali is celebrated for various reasons in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other Asian countries. The main one being the celebration and lighting up of homes and temples to receive Lord Ram back to his loving people and country.

When someone asked me to refer books on Diwali for children, I sadly noticed that most of the books explaining the importance and relevance of the festival were written by westerners! Not that their writing and portrayal are any bad, but still…. We’ve been celebrating this festival grandly for scores of years now, and only a handful of Indians have written about it! Hmmm…. hint, hint.

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