Ethnic Indian Look This Diwali

Diwali is the time of the year, besides Karwachauth that I bring out all my traditional finery. This year, on an impulse I decided to wear a sari. I had picked out this silk Paithani many years ago and finally opened it up this year in Diwali. Since this was an impulse, I did not have a matching maroon or green blouse ready so paired it with a dull golden blouse. This blouse has been so handy whenever I want to wear saris on an impulse (which generally is the case with me) that I am now thinking of getting a

#KarwaChauth… Regression or Choice?

From the last few years Indian social media and even mainstream media sometimes goes crazy every October. The reason… the big KC. KarwaChauth…. Those who call it regressive, do not understand that celebrating festivals and observing fasts is about the sentiment and the gesture. All festivals are symbolic then why the big hullabaloo for KarwaChauth alone? Why do people light lamps, keep doors open and pray to Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali? Are you really expecting a gold laden woman in a red saree to walk in and suddenly eleviate your financial burdens or elevate your financial status? Why do they

3 Holi Songs from Bollywood that will rock your Holi Party

Hiya… happy Holi people! Holi is an Indian festival of colour. Mythologically, it is celebrated to remember the freedom from an oppressive king Hiranyakashyap and ascension of his kind son Prahlad to the throne. Traditionally, holi is played with red coloured powder called Gulaal and syringe like water guns called pichkari that throw little streaming jets of water on others. It is a festival to celebrate freedom, happiness and has become symbolic of fun in popular culture as well as bollywood. Music is a huge part of Indian culture and there are many songs about holi. I am listing 5 of

Is it Diwali already? #MicroblogMondays

The festive season has kicked in and this week all the celebrations would be in full gear. Diwali starts today with Dhanteras and the main celebration is on Wednesday. I realised that as a family, we do not follow many Diwali traditions. Our celebrations are concentrated around the Lakshmi Pooja. That is it. May be that is the reason it does not feel festive enough yet. 🙁 Yesterday, as the public areas in our housing complex were lit up with fairy lights, my daughter looked at them and many other  homes sporting the twinkling lights. “Why isn’t our house lit

Light Up Someone’s Diwali With i – light

JAMM’s unveils its latest social initiative i – light to commemorate its completion of one and a half years. JAMM’s wishes to light the glow of hope in the lives of the visually impaired. If anyone were to be asked – What is the one thing that comes first to your mind about Diwali? Surely the answer would be ‘lights’. Now imagine not being able to see and experience the festival of lights; to forever be relegated to the shadows; to be forgotten even as merriment explodes all around you! This is the fate of most of the visually impaired