Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Diwali...

It is called ‘The festival of lights’. Just got curious around the origin of this festival and did some digging and found out that Diwali is celebrated on a new moon day. The word Deepavali in Sanskrit means row of lamps. These facts got me wondering, festival of lights during the winter on a new moon day with rains round the corner….


Recently I have been assigned to a project (which is a collection of problems) and my main job is to do a root cause analysis and understand the cause of the issues… Extending it further thought of doing some further analysis to get a wider picture a high level overview.. (Phew!!! So much of corporate language.. this is what happens if you blog after a reallllly long time). Jokes apart, did some browsing and here are some more tit bits (most of which you guys will be already aware of) about this festival:


It’s the day celebrated as Goddess Lakshmi’s birthday
It’s the day when Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile
It’s the day when Narakasura (as the name suggests a bad guy) was killed by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama and peace was established in the world
It’s the day when Krishna defeated Indra (remember the serial we used to see as kids in Doordarshan.. a small boy balancing the entire mountain in his little finger! Yup you got it right)
It’s the day when Pandavas returned after 13 years of exile
It’s the day when Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana
It’s the day when King Ashoka the great embraced Buddhism
It’s the day when Maharishi Dayananda, the founder of Arya Samaj attained Nirvana

The list goes on and on… looks like over the last several centuries, we have lots and lots of reasons to celebrate this day….

Can’t help but mention a line I read ‘while the story behind Deepavali varies from region to region the essence is the same, to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atma) or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman)’

Quiet philosophical right!!!

Going back to the childhood days, I remember looking forward to this day only to wear the new clothes, eat yummy sweets and burst crackers not to mention the good cinemas you to get to watch in the TV (well today I can think of only one addition.. to this list.. a day off from work which means full day chit chatting with the family). But today after so many years, when I look back at the reason for celebrating this festivel.. just impressed as to how one day appeals to so many religions in so many different ways!

Diwali a day to celebrate greatness a day to be filled with positive energy and vibrance. This happens to be a very special Diwali for me... my first as a Mrs :) Looking forward to all the celebrations, sweets, movies, gifts and more importantly the wishes and blessings i will receive on this day!!!!

For many of you this is your first of its kind.. and for all others each time is as different as the first.. so

Happy Deepavali!!!

Wishing this Deepavali to be a landmark in each of your lives in the sweetest way possible,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

moments to treasure

another cute poem adding to this treasure of mine... not my composition though..

If i could have just one wish,
I would wish to wake up everday
to the sounds of your breath on my neck,
the warmth of your lips on my cheek,
the feel of your heart beating with mine...
Knowing that I could never find that feeling
with anyone other than you..



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

26th Jan.. what is in it for you?

Holidays in the middle of the week is always a welcome as they make the week look really short. 
26th Jan seemed like just another day to me. Started the day like any other holiday.. lazing around.. reading books.. wasting time.. the only things i was looking forward was the catch up i would have with my friend.

I always look forward to these catch ups as these are times when we sit back to think.. from where to where and from here to where.. these are catch ups where we promise to each other that we will always be there for one another. Had a really good time it is always a treat to see your friends so happy and it was surely contagious :)

That night as i sat to reflect upon the happening of the day.. somewhere i realised it was the Republic Day. Lost in thought.....
As a kid i used to look forward to this day in so much of anticipation.. waiting to see the parade.. waiting to see different states being represented in different ways..  waiting to see the armed forces marching with immaculate perfection.. and it was always a tuff choice to make.. between the Delhi parade that would be live telecast in Doordarshan and the Chennai parade that happens few kms from my house. So much of wonder, so much of excitement.. and as the national anthem is played the pride that used to swell in my heart ( I still get inspired by our national anthem).. somewhere i realised i was losing it all..

Cant help but ask myself this question.. what did this day mean to me? Did it mean just another day off from work.. another day filled with special programs and special movies in the television? another day just to relax and recharge my system?

Well i wasnt thinking about the independence we got or the sacrifices made by our leaders and fellow citizens to get us that independence. I was just wondering where the excitement went.. pinning the national flag.. singing the national anthem.. standing there mesmerised as the tanks pass by.. trying to get the salute right.. wondering how President stood there giving the salute for such a long time.... :)

It is such a special day for this great nation and me born in this nation at one of its best era.. I dont have great things in mind yet.. but in my own small ways, i definitely think i can contribute... It is a day i believe to promise myself that someday i will make this country proud in my own small or big way i still dont know.. !!!!