It’s that time of the year, where festivities and joyous laughter fills the houses of all. Where; mud lamps and diyas bring a new ray of hope in the lives of the unfortunate. Where the smell of freshly made delicacies and the ringing of bells, lightens up every nook and corner of the city, Where friends and family get together to welcome this festival with immense energy and gratitude, as they look forward to the start of the new year.
But what is the true meaning of Diwali? With trying times today, has the festival lost it’s true essence? Are we still looking forward to celebrating the festival with grandeur rather than look after the ones who risked their lives for our comfort? For me, Diwali truly stands for Dedication, Inspiration, Well-being, Ambition, Laurels, and Ideals. The festival of lights. The festival of hope. All said and done, does any of it hold true if we are not ready to embrace all that is coming our way?
Many lack the privilege of meeting their loved ones since they have a duty towards those who employ them. Would it not make you happy if you could bridge that gap by bringing them closer to their loved ones? Many have lost their shelter and means of education. What if this Diwali we donated our books to those in need which could promise them a chance at a brighter future? Many have been subject to the atrocities of the virus that has taken a hit on their health. What if this Diwali we assure them of good health and hygiene by providing them with an insurance cover? Diwali-known as the festival of light, will not make your house shine brighter, knowing your loved ones are miserable. Let that ray of light bring hope in the lives of many, their blessings taking a direct route to your houses. Maybe it is not about us; it is about them this year. Maybe it is time we consider those that live to make our lives comfortable, our family. Maybe Diwali is all about oneness.
On Diwali, people often buy gold or silver, and for the ones who can afford it, indulge in buying luxury jewellery. This year, buy your staff, house-help, drivers new clothes and household materials, a luxury which is a far-fetched dream for them. Can we make an effort of bringing that dream closer to a reality? Not always the breadwinner of the house is a hero. A little change of perspective will make us see that all the help we have around are the real heroes. This festival’s history also traces back to the triumph of good over evil. Speak well, think well, spread positivity and there will be no room for evil.
Looking back at the gala dinners, the noise of firecrackers, the mouth-watering mithais, the all-nighters, the card sessions, and more, it causes us to reflect on how lucky we were to live through those moments with our loved ones and how nothing is constant. Why is that we also cherish a moment after it has passed and not while we are in it? How about this Diwali we learn to live in the now? To enjoy every single second, to the fullest. To dedicate every ounce of our being to the moments with family. To inspire our loved ones to strive for better. To the well-being of everyone. To have ambitions that will send a shiver down the spine of those who said the sky’s the limit. To achieve laurels; despite, this year is one where a lot of hopes and dreams have crumbled. Lastly, let us all set an ideal we stand by, to grow by, and to live by.
Here is wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year. Off I go, to celebrate Diwali in its true essence. I hope you do too.
Vocal Every Pal