I hope you all had a great festival. I celebrated Diwali with family and friends and a bit of crackers and loads of sweets and amazing lights! This Diwali I made my own diyas from clay and flour and painted them to give a nice look. I decorated my home with candles, diyas, a small tree light experiment that I did and with a chandelier made from paper. These are the sea shell candles that I made.
In Andamans, people do not celebrate Diwali with as much enthusiasm as in mainland. Here Durgo Pujo and Pongal are celebrated with pomp and show and Diwali usually takes a back seat. So, last year I was almost in tears while missing home badly. This year I did not want to feel the same aloofness and thus I invited Sanjay's friends over to my place for dinner and a bit of celebration. Here is the pic of the rangoli that I got made. Naah! I did not make it. I can not even draw a straight line. Two beautiful women drew it for me.
Then they called their brother who helped them in painting a small picture of Lord Ganesha on the wall.
This is the first time I put up so much of efforts to decorate the house. Usually I believe in the spirit.. you know.. feel from inside. I am of the opinion that if you feel lights within, you dont have to put lights around. You would anyways feel enlightened. I made a small tree light kind of thing where I simply put LED lights on a small plant. Here is the pic.
Still this time I made efforts to make Diwali a little different. For the simple reason that I wanted Sanjay to celebrate it with me. Sanjay lost his dad many many years ago (more than 22 years) sometime around Diwali. Since that day he has stopped celebrating the festival. Though his sister and brother celebrate the festival with lot of zeal, it is Sanjay who quietly keeps the pain inside instead of bursting it out with crackers. When I got married to him, I also did not celebrate. Then Pahal was born. She is the light of our lives and particularly of Sanjay. Everytime I see a spark in his eyes when he sees his daughter at play, I fall in love with him all over again. So, this Diwali I wanted to fall in love with him again and that is why I put efforts to make the day look like a festival, invited his friends and asked Pahal to light up a few Phooljharis. This is US.
I could see the reflection of light in his eyes and could feel a sea of love in my family. Diwali is good, afterall.
I would love to know how you liked the pics. Photography is my new interest these days and your comments will help me in improving myself.