Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Diwali-Celebrate making a difference

Two Diwalis back a lady who irons our clothes in our huge residential complex of over 200 apartments came up to me on the Diwali night.  She said “my son is asking for some crackers and I don’t have the money to buy”. The reason why I mentioned about the size of our residential complex is that with this size, several thousands of rupees have been spent on crackers and sweets.  The kid has been seeing many children bursting crackers and wanted to burst too.  I gave her some money and later spoke to all my friends in the complex to set apart some percentage of our spend from the next Diwali so that we are inclusive in our celebrations.
As we enjoy festivals with our family and friends it is important to recognize that celebrations are an opportunity to touch the lives of others as well. They are a force for social change and social responsibility.  Festivals then are about the spirit of coming together and sharing happiness with others, especially with the have-nots, rather than about our individual happiness.
This attempts to show how we can make a difference in the society even as we enjoy our gifts.

Happy Diwali to all. May this be a celebration of Love and Light and a safe one too.



Blogger Manish Kumar said...

Excellent thought :)
Hope everyone share the same empathy as yours. The whole misery we are seeing everywhere would be considerably reduced if not eliminated.

1:04 AM  
Blogger KParthasarathi said...

That was a sweet gestureA percentage of our expense on festival days should be set apart for the needy classes in kind or cash

5:39 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks Manish and KP! HAppy Diwali to you guys!

4:06 AM  

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