Last night was a big Diwali night, the first night of the start of the merchant’s commercial calendar. As a harvest festival which commemorated the start of another agrarian cycle, Diwali’s Padva is considered one of the three auspicious days where any activity can be started without checking out the alignment of the stars. So after Laxmi Puja, this is another important day, one fit to be celebrated with lights and firecrackers.
I looked out of my balcony last night and captured some of the nightscenes I could manage without a flash.
This Diwali has been pretty quiet with very few crackers going off at all times of day. The roads too wore a deserted look as did the shops. The lights were fewer too and I wonder if it is because of the changing demographic of the island city, with a large proportion of its population above 60, with several homes where the children have left.
Nana Chowk’s hideous skywalk lit up in the night
The towers in the sky
Top floor of a skyscraper lit for Diwali
A brilliant start burst
Bathed in golden light
Buildings in the front
Festive lights in our compound
Marine Drive in the distance
A time for new beginnings
Diwali is a time for renewal – a time for new beginnings. I wonder what it will bring this time?
A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!
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