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How much are you spending on them this DIWALI!!

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by malspie, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. malspie

    malspie Platinum IL'ite

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    How much are you spending on them this DIWALI!!

    Diwali a festival of joy, lights, diyas, aroma candles, rangolis, designer outfits, pattu saris and pavadies (long petticoat), more collection of gold, pure ghee sweets, hi-fi gifts, loud crackers and much more fun fare attached to it. Every time I spend my Diwali with joy, I sleep in peace. The more money I blow, merrier I am as it has proved my capabilities of earning and spending. Many out there would agree with my statement. We can call it tradition, for children, for in-laws, for status and more metaphors can be tagged to the spending and enjoying technicalities that we apply.

    Dear friends, the year I lost my mom, I had no festival to celebrate for a year. There were diyas in all houses except my house. There were rangolis in all houses except my house. There were rich sweets in most of the houses except my house, There was echo of laughter in all the houses except my house. I could see parade of beautiful clothes, except my house. I could see visitors dropping in all the houses except my house. The walls were echoing with laughter and fun but not from my house.

    I was mourning so it was justified. My mind which always take a flight to some corner landed up to a world of people who do not enjoy the diyas, rangolis, sweets, crackers, good clothes, lanterns, visitors on any festival. They are the Orphans, Street Children, Old age Home Uncles and Aunts, beggars, maids and the list is long. I could sense what they must be going through when I jump with a cracker in hand. When I flaunt my new collection of clothes, when I throw my sweet box after few days as I forgot to open them (there were plenty you see). I made up mind, next Diwali I will keep a small portion of my earning for someone needy. Last year I had my full time maid, I bought her a set of clothes with matching accessories, got her a big box of sweets, invited all her family members home for a get-together and the blessings that they showered on me is still helping me to rock my boat in all weathers safely to the shore. This was my humble beginning. This year, I have decided to buy a pair of clothes for my watchman of the building (not from society funds, but from my personal funds), get my part time maid a set of clothes, bonus for diwali (extra money) goes without saying and it will follow with sweets. I also planning to visit an ashram nearby (my internet has helped me to spot a few in our area) and offer at least a breakfast for them on my behalf. I visited the ashram yesterday and made an enquiry.I have taken permission from the father too. I purely understand the fact that what you give is never to be disclosed, but, my humble march would provoke a few thoughts and let the purse strings loose for the deprived is all that I hope for…

    Let’s make a vow that we will at least bring joy in the life of one person who is not related to us not only this Diwali but forever.





     
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  2. kanaka Raghavan

    kanaka Raghavan IL Hall of Fame

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    Malspie
    Hats off to you.I really really appreciate the thoughtfulness in you,and that too at such and young age.I will not be celebrating Diwali this year as my father passed away in Feb.Like you as you said I have given bonus for my maid before leaving India and plus have asked my sis to give money from the trust started in my father's name to some ashrams.My father used to donate to ashrams during Diwali..Like you said let us make resolution to make someone's lives who is not related to us happy atleast for a day.I am still groping for some nice words to appreciate you and unable to find suitable ones...............
     
  3. Shanvy

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    hi mals,

    Thats a noble thought...i do my wee bit...will continue to do that...
    happy diwali...
     
  4. Kamalji

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    Mals,

    What u do is commendable.Wonderful.Now i am learning something from u, and promise to do something for the downtrodden.God will always bless u.Regards.kamal
     
  5. balamotwani

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    Hi Mals,

    Very nice of you to bring happiness to the needy. This year my dad passed away in May ,so no grand celebration. Till last year even i used to gift my maid(she is african, she used to be very happy) for diwali and christmas. Usually i give - dress, sweets and crackrs.

    Bala
     
  6. malspie

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    Dear Kanaka,

    Your words were loaded with appreciation for me which I am not worth yet. Its not fair to discuss our do's mostly anything that we give out.. but in Kaliyug you need to set examples for people to follow path. To lead a few people I had to write about my deed for which I was a really hesitant.

    Sorry to know you are mourning for your dad this year. His soul will be proud of his kids for he has already set an example for you all to follow...
     
  7. malspie

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    Hi Shanvy,

    Thanks for peeping in. I am happy to know you have your own plans for the needy...
     
  8. malspie

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    Hello Kamalji,

    I am blessed to have such co members in the site. Its just a humble beginning...
     
  9. malspie

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    Hi Bala,

    Please accept my belated condolence. Time is the best medicine... Thanks for posting..
     
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    dear mals,
    i take this step once a year during Christmas as they are from thali near hosure,known as the little england of india, very cool and away from the bustling crowd..i had also appealed here in one of the columns for cash or kind and i would post the gentleman's id here, it is very nice to be among them.

    giri my sil has been with them sometime of the year before marriage and when he took us on his birthday last year it was heart wrenching and we made up our mind to send what ever we don't use but keep it as collection and was happy doing it, even now priya sends kanji atta for them in a big bottle and some sambhar powder, rasam powder and during christmas some lumpsome amount for them to get some new clothes, their bed is pathetic and they need them...thanku for sharing i know what a feeling it is to share with them..sunkan
     

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