“Light is Good from Whatever Lamp it Shines”

18 Oct

I absolutely love this time of the year: Festival season! And Diwali is my most favorite of festivals. Diwali is celebrated for various reasons but ultimately, the lesson is same: leading us from Truth into Light. If we apply this very idea to modern day, Diwali teaches us to celebrate our heritage in all its grandeur, projecting our rich past and yet continue to hold the true values we have been taught. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” is actually a marriage of two words: Deepa which means light and Avali, row of lights.

My own memories of Diwali date back to when I was a young girl who eagerly awaited Diwali for perhaps the most material reason; it was a great time to make money. As a child, I remember dolling up in my latest traditional wear ready to attack every uncle and aunty who passed me back with a cute “Happy Diwali” as their hands reached for their pockets, or purse as they pulled out colorful envelopes. But as I grew older, it wasn’t anymore about the monetary value that came with the festival. I realized this was the only day in the year that my entire extended family got together and it was the time I spent with them was, in the words of MasterCard, Priceless.

This is Roshni Magazine’s first Diwali and thus, the entire team wishes you and yours a bright and lively Diwali filled with happiness. May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here’s hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead.

May the festival of lights – Diwali dispel darkness, ignorance, and evil from the world.

And on a parting note, I particularly liked IndiaTimes definition of Diwali: “Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life.” Summarized beautifully.

And of course, this month we have some ultra bright personalities who as usual have much to say but only because we asked. Do drop us a line to tell us how we’re doing – we love hearing from you. Thank you all for the great support and encouragement, it means a lot to us.

This month, we wish you double light courtesy of Diwali, and lots of love.

Roshni M.

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