Sunday, 30 October 2011

Glimpses of Diwali :: Festive decor inspiration

 'Diwali Jhalak'...Glimpses of Diwali...
from my humble nest...:)

 All darkness is far away,
  illuminate your soul,
as light is on its way...

'Memories of Moments'...celebrated together
with family and friends,
joy and happiness
in abundance.

'The Festival of Lights'...
and Diwali design inspirations 
with flowers and flowers...
 candles and 'diyas'...

 Bright sparkles of contentment
May lights triumph over darkness.

Diwali ki dhero shubhkamnaye!!
Shubh Deepavali !!!

May the beauty of this festive season
illuminates our spirits,
the merriment of this divine festival may surround us forever...

...And A Very Happy Halloween to you all !!

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

A Very Happy and Prosperous Dhanteras...Wishes for a joyous Diwali :)

is the auspicious day of  'Dhanteras' ...
when all the small earthen 'diyas'  are lit up
and beautiful 'rangolis' are drawn at the entry way...
 to welcome Goddess 'Lakshmi'
The Goddess of wealth.

On 'Dhanteras'
'Lakshmi' puja  is performed with full devotion
to ensure  prosperity, 
and to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.
People buy gold or silver
or any other kinds of metal
as a sign of wealth or good luck :)

'Dhanteras'  or 'Dhan Trayodashi'
 is the very first day 
of the five-days-long 'Diwali' festival,
 ' The Festival of Lights'...

'Dhan' means wealth and 'Tera' is thirteenth.
Dhanteras falls on 
the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of 'Krishna paksha' (dark fortnight)
in the 'Hindu' month of 'Kartik' (October/November).

A Very Happy Dhanteras
glowing with peace, joy and prosperity.

Dhanteras Ki Hardik Subhkamnayee...

Enjoy this  auspicious day 
with gusto and enthusiasm...
Shubh Dhanteras 
A Very Happy Diwali to you all :)

Wishes for a joyous Diwali and a Happy New Year with plenty of Peace and Prosperity !!!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Flavour of Diwali....A letter from Singapore...:)

 While  I am busy writing this emotional post
living in a faraway land,
back home in India
the picture must be something like this:

All the small  clay lamps are lit up by now;
the yellow of the Marigold, 
the red of  the 'Kum-kum',
the pink of the Lotus,
the garlands, sequins 
'puja thalis' and 'rangolis',
are all painting beautifully
the dazzling images of Diwali, The Festival of Lights.

The word 'Diwali'  originates from the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali'
which means 'Rows of Lights' !
 The auspicious 'Ammavaasa'
in the month of 'Kartik',
the glittering 'diyas' and lanterns,
and the beautiful fireworks and sound of crackers
announces the arrival of the most vibrant festival of my country.


While my humble nest is slowly getting the makeover 
for 'The Festival of Joy and Happiness'
the lady of the house
is now deeply missing
the magical flavour of her motherland.

When the whole world is soaking in
the warm autumn colours...
happy yellow, bright orange 
burnt red and gold...
then comes 'Diwali',
our very own 'Autumn Festival'!

Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama
after his 14 years of exile...
this is The Festival of Home Coming
Yes, happy home coming.

Yes, for me Diwali means India.
To be precise, it is Delhi,
the gorgeous capital city 
which is ever enthusiastic
in celebrating life.

Beautiful autumn in Northern India,
 fragrant, crisp air,
people dressed in vibrant colours,
a festive mood everywhere,
'pujas' in temples,
flowers and garlands,
Marigold and Lotus,
'Haldi' and 'Kum-kum',
long queues in front of 'mithai' (sweet) shops,
fairs and exhibitions in every nook and corner,
and dazzling fireworks in display ;
Yes, I can keep going on and on...

To add, special offerings made to Goddess 'Lakshmi',
The Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.
This is the festival
to drive away the shadows of evil,
to enlighten the inner soul,
to express the warm Indian hospitality.

 This is another gorgeous 'Diwali'
in this little tropical island.
I am off to prepare some sweets for family and friends
(what is Diwali without homemade sweets)..
Please do not forget to share your thoughts on
what is your plan for this Diwali.

This is a pre-Diwali design post. For more inspirations, stay tuned.

Wish You All A Very Happy Diwali 
and Dhanteras !!!

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Monday, 17 October 2011

On the Festival of Lights...:)

Are you ready for Diwali...?...:)

Hello Monday folks...:)

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

শারদ শুভেছা !!:)...Sharod Shubhechha...The Autumn Festivities in Bengal...Durga Puja :)

'বাজল তোমার আলোর বেণু
মাতল রে ভুবন...'

the  fragrance in the air,
fragrance of the  festivities :)

   Autumn is here again,
in  Bengal  ,
my Bengal...

'Sharod Shubhechha'
the beautiful autumn festival of Durga Puja.

এসো শরতের অমল মহিমা, এসো হে ধীরে।
                        চিত্ত বিকাশিবে চরণ ঘিরে।।

That very special time of the year
 beautiful autumn days 
in Bengali countryside,
the blue of the autumn sky
the lush green paddy fields,
the white of the 'Grass Flowers'(Kash Ful)...

the pink of the fully  blossomed lotus(s) in the pond, 
the immaculate white clouds 
 swelling  up in the deep blue sky 
the village river is flowing in full swing ;
and those melodious folk songs about 'Maa Durga'
Bengal's very own 'Agomoni Geet'
those unforgettable melodies
'Oratario' invoking The Goddess Durga.

When the whole world is worshipping Devi, 
the supremely radiant Goddess Durga,
 a glimpse of festivities
from my quintessential Bengali Home 
in Singapore...

Today is MahaNabami
the fourth day of Durga puja 
and this Bengali lady is crazily busy
engrossed with her inseparable 'Bong Conections' :)

endless chitter-chatter with family and friends
preparing gourmet Bengali cuisines
and yes, at the same time terribly missing her good old 'Kolkata Days'
all those nostalgic childhood memories of Durga Puja...

Wish you all a very happy Durga Puja and Dussehra !! 

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