Hi,all!For those who celebrated Diwali and New Year-hope they were great! What a long weekend everyone's had,back in India.Wow!!(Hope I'll be enjoying it too,next year)
On to some Diwali heights:
-Height of laziness: Sending a copy-pasted pic of Diwali wishes(or an ecard) to someone, instead of typing a simple'Wishing you a Very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year', which takes all of a minute and adds a personal touch to it.
- Height of a lil more laziness: Sending the email from your office id,so your designation,company name,et al appear on it,as also the traditional message of' This message is confidential and meant only to be read by the person to whom it is sent....'
- Height of further laziness: Sending the same card to all the people on your messenger lists/address book.
- Height of still further laziness: Someone to whom a card was sent, pressing 'Reply to all', and, adding his name to the wish, without deleting the original sender's name. Doesn't the person think that 'All' the people on the first sender's list are not known to him?Or,is it just a way to spread e-joy all around?
- Height of still further laziness: After I sent a thank you to the second person,and,added my wishes(No,no card,no pic..typed wishes), he again presses 'reply to all', and, sends me a wish once again.(I know he presses 'reply to all', because I'd copied the card to my other email id.LOL).
- No, I wasn't tempted to see whether the other person is really checking whom he is replying to,so I didn't re-forward the wish again!!
Well,it just proves,we've come a long way,na!!But,alas-in which direction? Will we ever know the pleasure of going shopping for Diwali cards,picking the right cards for the right people, or,getting Diwali cards printed,and,adding the personal touch by addressing each card by hand,putting stamps,and going to the post office and sending them off? Not really,I guess-unless the internet collapses!!(What a mind-numbing thought)
Thinking of past Diwali moments, I was reminded of these moments,some sad and some happy(Chronological order, starting from oldest)...I'm not mentioning the joy of house cleaning, Lighting Diyas and saying prayers, since they are always there,every Diwali!
(Warning: Some of these might(0.1%) sound boring to some people, while Austy will surely appreciate them,coz she's also from 'our Baroda')
- Watching longingly at the neighbours' bursting crackers and bombs and sending off rockets,while we were lighting sparklers/colour matches/snakes, since that was really what we could afford.
- Seeing oodles of firecrackers lighting up the night sky,and coming to know next day that there had been a fire in the 'enclosed on three sides' firecracker market on Exhibition Ground in Baroda and scores had died trying to run out.(Since then, the market always has a fire engine,and an open area for sales)
- Being in Delhi on Diwali, going to a Diwali Mela, buying cute stationery and other curios,all within the princely sum of 75-100 Rs.
- Meeting people- on New Year Day and the days following it, enjoying the Diwali specialities,from namkeens to sweets,etc.
- On New Year Day: Standing on the 2nd Floor Balcony of our building in the early morning and watching the main shop-keepers bursting entire 'looms' of firecrackers, to convey their joy at their having made a tidy profit in the Diwali month.
- Going down,to the watch-repair shop downstairs,after the 'show', partaking of half a sweet(peda),and wishing him, as also, the tailor opposite(Hingu was their unusual name),and following the same routine.
- Moving around the area( Patthargate,NyayMandir,etc) to see how people were celebrating.
- Waiting from 10 AM for the postman to arrive,and his arriving at noon,since he'd have been busy collecting 'baksheesh', for Diwali,while delivering people's letters. And,he'd always expect' something more than the usual 5-10 bucks from me, since he was kept busy round the year bringing my penpal letters, DXing hobby letters/cards/gifts, mag prizes, et al..the last time I met him, before leaving the building, he'd taken 100 bucks!(Inflationary times, indeed)
Till next time, have a delightful New Year,everyone!
And,for those not looking forward to returning to work on Monday,here's a Dilbert thought: