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.