Gearing up for Diwali

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      Ravan was the primary antagonist in the Epic Ramayana but he was not all about negativity. He was a great scholar and a worthy opponent of lord Ram himself. There is no denying that Ravan did some good things and Ram did bad things too making both of them grey rather than black and white. Of course, one grey-er than the other but the point is that we can choose to see good in both of them. So, wouldn’t it be better if we plant the seeds of Ram in our lives rather than burning wooden Ravans. Burning effigies of Ravan may have been a custom, a symbolism but it is hardly anything more than a blob of smoke in present times. People barely know more about Ramayana than what was shown in the famous TV series. Yes, because we don’t read anymore, don’t question and that’s why we don’t know why things are being done like the way they are. So, it is more like an obligation than a celebration.

Tumultuous milieu,
Insouciant soul in saudade,
Life lost its purpose…


             The world around us is changing, so should we. I hope we decide to plant a tree instead, in the name of lord Ram, to celebrate Dussehra. Because I feel creating something is much better than killing. It will be a more constructive approach; at least a positive one and the Ram born inside us will eventually kill the Ravans in our hearts and minds  while making the city  green and clean.

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            I hope we can come up with greener ways to celebrate our festivals so we can keep the spirit alive, celebrate our rich cultural heritage and pass on this legacy to our kids with a positive message.

We just went past #Dussehra and #Durga-Puja and the fireworks of Diwali are just around the corner, here is a post from my archives portraying the changing face of festivals and the need to fix them. Hope you had a wonderful extended weekend studded with festivities and wish you a Happy and prosperous Diwali in advance.🙂



दीपावली के शुभ अवसर पर…

होकर  विजयी  प्रभु  राम  हैं  लौटे,

के  दीवाली  का  त्यौहार  है  यहाँ, 

आतिशबाज़ी  की  चकाचौंध  तो  है,

पर  धुएँ  के  गुबार  हैं  यहाँ, 

फ़ेसबुक  दुआओं  से  सुसज्जित  है,

पर  परिजनों  का  तिरस्कार  है  यहाँ,

हर  द्वारे  दीपक  जगमग  हैं,

पर  सड़कों  पर  मरता  कुम्हार  है  यहाँ,

लक्ष्मी जी का पूजन है,

पर दहेज प्रथा की मार है यहाँ, 

के  देसी  घी  के  लड्डू  हैं,

पर  खाकर  इन्हें  बीमार  हैं  यहाँ,

पकवानों  से  फ़िज़ा  महकती  है,

पर  भूखों  की  कतार  हैं  यहाँ,

ख़ूब  सजे  हैं  चौक- चौबारे,

हर  जेब  में  लेकिन  उधार  है  यहाँ, 

दो  नावों  पर  सवार  हैं  सब,

और  जाने  गुम  पतवार  है  कहाँ,

के  हम  हैं, तुम  हो  और  दीपावली,

देखें  किस  करवट मझधार  है  यहाँ…


This post is written for Indispire Edition 90: We have been celebrating Diwali in the same age old manner for hundreds of years with crackers, oily…

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24 thoughts on “Gearing up for Diwali

  1. बनावटी रौशनी, चुंधियाती चकाचौंध
    सच्ची हाहाकार है

    झूठे संबंधों का, महंगे उपहारों का त्योहार है

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  2. आपको भी दिवाली की अग्रिम शुभकामनाएँ ।

    कविता सुंदर है, लेकिन “है यहाँ” से लय बिगडता हुआ लगता है । असल में “है” के बाद “यहाँ” सरलतापूर्वक नहीं बोला जाता है । आप “है” को वाक्यों के आरम्भ में रखकर देखिए, लय कुछ बेहतर दिखती है क्या ? जैसे कि —

    1- पर हैं धुएँ के गुबार यहाँ,
    2- पर परिजनों का है तिरस्कार यहाँ,
    आदि ।

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    1. शुक्रिया अमित जी । मैं जरूर इसपर गौर करूँगा । मुझे खुशी है कि आपने इतनी अच्छी तरह से समझाने का प्रयास किया । wish you a happy and green diwali🙂


  3. Happy Diwali to you from anti cracker brigade – celebrating diwali without crackers for the last so many years and thankfully part of caring for the environment in a small little way!
    Lovely verses in the poem!

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