With Deepavali right around the corner, let’s talk about it! When it comes to the festival of lights, there’s only one thing that has remained unchanged over the past two decades of my life and that’s making goodies for the festivities as a family! We’ve done it every single year without fail. When I was younger, I used to help out with the menial tasks like packing the goodies into containers.

It was when I turned thirteen when the ‘murukku‘ mantle was handed down to me from my Dad.

It sure was a huge moment for me as I got to lay my hands on the sacred ‘murukku achchu‘, a sophisticated device meant to make the savoury snack. A brilliant feat of engineering it is. Certainly a gift to mankind, I would say! From then on, ‘murukku’ making fell under my department. This has been the one tradition that takes place without fail in my household.

Deepavali day itself is a tad more boring. It starts with the traditional oil bath and prayers at unearthly hours of the morning, of course. We get dressed in our new Deepavali clothes and sit around watching television the entire day. The celebrations on local television start more than a week prior to Deepavali. There are a billion and one programmes to watch on television during the span of three to four days. Actually, they are mostly movies. Kollywood movies, local tele-movies and more movies! Close to thirty movies in various Indian languages are aired during the festive period. It’s a great time to embark on an Indian movie marathon if you’ve got lots of time on your hands!

Delicacies and television shows aside, one other aspect pertaining to Deepavali that really amazes me are the wishes which I receive. I am sure you have experienced this phenomenon as well. Your mobile phone gets flooded with text messages beginning with “Hey [insert name], Happy Deepavali! Here’s wishing you and your family a beautiful festival of lights…” Or perhaps, “Forward this message to 10 million people and your family will get 50 million years of happiness, lamps and lights!”

To which you might then reply, “Hey! OMG! Thanks so much! But may I know who this is? I changed my number (or lost my previous phone).”

Yes, people. It does happen. Deepavali also happens to be that time of the year when you find out whoever’s phone numbers you have lost or deleted “accidentally”. A wonderful time of the year, indeed! Well, that’s all for now folks. Here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Deepavali!

JayS is a scientist by day and artist by night. Sometimes, he’s an artist by day and a scientist by night. Such is his life. He loves science. He loves viruses. He loves movies. He loves theatre. He loves design. He is passionate about everything he does. Sometimes, he finds himself being passionate about several things at once. JayS is a newcomer to the world of writing who is strongly against sugarcoating matters. He delivers his opinions raw.

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