Diwali Diyas

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Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with Diwali. More than the sweets and the poojas , it was always the diyas that made Diwali special. Come Diwali and every Hindu house would have at least two diyas kept on either side of the main door. It is kept so as to welcome Goddess Laxmi , who would bring in wealth and prosperity with her into our homes. We used to try and keep a few in the balcony as well. Every entrance to the house should be lit up to let the Goddess know that we are waiting for her to visit. This is what my mother told me. And this is what I believe too. But the ones in the balcony rarely stay lit because of the winds here. Yes, it is finally feeling a bit like winter. It is not cool as yet but the evenings have definitely become less warmer than before.

Every year for three days leading upto Diwali, I light these diyas too around the house. It is amazing how many different varieties of Diyas are available in the market here these days. I picked up a few too. I had a few that I used last year that look perfectly fine to be used agin this year. So this year I have a lot more Diyas than I ever had. And a lot more variety too.

Yesterday was Day 1 and I had lit up the house with some of these diyas. I hope you like them. There is something about these tiny flames that makes my heart flutter. These bring joy to my heart and soul. Hoping these light up your Diwali too.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

How we celebrate Diwali

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali

Making sweets and keeping a clean home

Set to welcome Goddess Laxmi

Noisy crackers we avoid

Keeping safety as first

The colourful diyas

Dancing to tune

In ardent

Fervour

Too

This is my first attempt at writing a Nonet.

Written for Write Tirbe‘s Prompt given by Preetilatha Sarkar.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

Thursday Challenge 1

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Thursday Challenge 1 is my first post with a Photo Theme for Thursday from this website. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Theme for the Week is :ย GAMES (Chess, Video Games, Card Games, Children’s Games,…)

Big Chess Board

Big Chess Board

This picture was taken during a trip to Oman last year. It was one of the many pictures I clicked on the trip that day. You can read about the trip and the take a look at those pictures here. It was indeed a wonderful view and a peaceful experience.

For more photos on the same Thursday Challenge Theme , check here.

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An Update :)

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I haven’t blogged since Diwali. In fact I have barely read blogs since Diwali. This has been an amazing few weeks of my life. Not because I was away from blogging. I missed it miserably, but because of other things that kept me totally busy for a change. ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent the first week planning a holiday in Istanbul with the hubby and kids. It was my Birthday gift. So how could I say NO, save the money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then my post got posted on Parentous. It is the first time I have posted outside my own space, and I think that went quite well. ๐Ÿ™‚ [Psst…. Please do go and comment there ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]

Then there was this sudden trip to Muscat that I enjoyed immensely. You can read about my experience here. ๐Ÿ™‚

My son fell ill after that for two days and it looked like we might need to cancel our travel plans. But then he got better quickly and we left for Istanbul to celebrate the UAE National Day Holidays there.

The post and photos on Istanbul will follow soon. I have been down with a throat infection ever since I got back. Today I feel a lot better and I actually sat down to write two posts at a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I can update my FB Photography Page from my phone, that was going on smoothly. Please do visit my page and click on “Like” to get updates from there. You can find the link on the right sidebar too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in love with that page and it is getting my full attention these days.

Hopefully, I should start reading and commenting on blogs soon. I am still on medications, so please forgive the slow pace. ๐Ÿ™‚

And Oh yeah, I celebrated my 39th birthday on the 5th of December. I am year older now, and I am sure none the wiser. But then again, age has nothing to do with immaturity. I am like this only. ๐Ÿ™‚

The cake was the best I ever had till date. I heated it up the next day because my sore throat couldn’t take in cold things. It was thaaaat good! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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On June 14th 2013 – Also added to the prompt forย The Writerโ€™s Post Thursday Blog Hop # 81

Abu Dhabi

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There is a reason for every trip I take to Abu Dhabi. But the aim always remains the same. I have lived the most important 7 years of life there. It was there where I joined my husband after I finished my graduation. It is where I gave birth to my two wonderful kids. It is also the place where memories come rushing in from all directions and leaves me meloncholy.

I did take my DSLR with me this time. But since I now own an iPhone 5, I used it to click all the pictures. The main idea of this evening in Abu Dhabi was to spend Diwali with the husband, who was working out off Abu Dhabi last week. We only managed to drive to the Marina, have dinner and head back to the hotel. So the photographs are limited to these areas.

Abu Dhabi will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed clicking them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is more quiet and less crowded than Dubai. Lifestyle in Abu Dhabi too is changing fast with Malls and shopping centres cropping up everywhere.

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Diwali 2012

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What is Diwali without Diyas? And what is the point in lighting diyas if we don’t take good pictures of the same. This Diwali 2012 , I have seen some amazing pictures of Diyas and Rangoli on Facebook and elsewhere. I prefer the ones on Facebook because those are the ones that people I knew at some point in my life made and about how they managed to celebrate Diwali this year.

Diwali, for us, has always been about cleaning the house, lighting lamps for three days and buying and making sweets. Diwali as celebrated by my friends from other parts of India are really more elaborate. Over the years I have learnt a lot from friends, TV and FB about Diwali , Danteras ,Laxmi Pujan and Rangoli. I have never tried to make a Rangoli before. In 2010, I had bought the colours to make the Rangoli, but my bad back had prevented me from trying to make it that year.

This Diwali 2012 too , I had purchased the colours along with colourful diyas. I was also looking at designs online to get inspiration. With my back acting up these days, on the day that Rangoli was planned, I almost gave up on the idea again. When my kids agreed to do the Rangoli instead and told that I only had to supervise them, I was more than happy.

As I kept the diyas and colours ready, something in me just got a kick start. The back pain was forgotten and I was down on my knees trying out a design I found though Google with my kids. Within minutes we realized that we are going about it the wrong way. We had to draw the outline first and then put in the colours. This is not the case when we make Pookalamย (click to see our Onam Pookalam this year)ย  during Onam. We just start making designs on the go. But then flowers are much easier to handle than colours. And I think the colours I got were the Holi kind. It was very difficult to use them.

Finally we dropped the idea of a big Rangoli (colours wouldn’t be enough either) and decided to do individual small ones as we please. Since the hubby was out of town , you can see three Amateur Rangoli (if we can call them that at all) designs in the pictures below.

Diyas were lit for two days instead of the normal three days starting from Danteras. We had to spend the Diwali day in a hotel in Abu Dhabiย (Click to read about it). And I didn’t think they would allow us to light Diyas in our room!

So Diwali 2012 was eventful this year and a very memorable one too. I hope all of you had a wonderful Diwali too and best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

Happy Diwali 2012….. And waiting for next year…. to make a better planned and elaborate Rangoli.

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