Amidst the glittering and shimmering lights, I too light a small "Maati Saaki" ( Earthen lamp /diya) and I pray as this small diya lighten up the darkness near the windowsill; this festival of lights to chases away the darkness from my mind, my home and from my loved ones.
I am not bursting any crackers this year. Not even a simple "phool jhari". I wish to keep this Diwali simple only with lights.
The smell of mustard oil burning in an earthen light is so soothing. It is the smell of those many diwalis of my childhood. I have written about that here
Yesterday while coming from work I found a stray dog sitting ; rather hiding from all the noise; in the stairs of our building. This has never happened. Even though there are many stray dogs in the neighbourhood , I have not found one coming inside the building in my last 2 diwalis spent here. It looked so scared as it looked up to me as if to plead not to chase him away. I felt guilty! Many are bursting crackers everywhere. I cant stop them. But there is something I can definitely do; I myself am not bursting any crackers.
I look out of my window and see those flickers of lights everywhere. I revel in this festival of lights.
May this light spreads to all the corners of the world.