The festival of lights is just a couple of days away. The weather in Delhi has turned better. The days are not as hot as they used to be just a few days back. The mornings and evenings are quite pleasant- neither hot nor cold. When the weather is good, the mood also turns good. How correct was the famous English writer who said, “Nothing clears up my spirits like a fine day.” Our spirits are high and we are all set to welcome Deepawali.
Markets are decorated. People are busy shopping. Gifts are feverishly being exchanged. Houses are shorn of dirt and junk. Glowing lights outside homes have suddenly brought streets alive.
Traffic jams,deafening fire-crackers,expensive gifts and adulterated sweets are some spoilers of the festive mood. Nothing much can be done about traffic jams and fire-crackers are falling more and more silent year after year. However, gifts seem to have become an instrument to show off or serve as veiled bribe. Feelings and sentiments appear to be missing. Gifts are being given by the most reluctant people under compulsion. Adulterated sweets, especially made of milk and milk products, are on the rise.Chemicals, acids and other unheard of things are going into the making of sweets.This may be one of the reasons why chocolates are fast catching up with sweets.
Despite these depressing aspects, Deepawali remains one of the most beautiful festivals.This Deepawali, let us try and light lamps in as many lives as possible. Let us do something for the poor and the deprived, hug some estranged friend, spare some time for old parents, bring a smile on the lips of a child…If we make their Deepawali, our Deepawali will automatically be made.