Diwali celebrations

Diwali or, more appropriately, Deepawali (from Sanskrit, literally meaning a row of lighted “diyas” – clay lamps) is also popularly referred to as the “Festival of Lights”.  It is an important and popular Hindu festival and, thanks to the ever-increasing Indian diaspora, is now celebrated internationally with a lot of pomp and show (and noise, …

Spring nostalgia

“Bahaaron ko chaman yaad aa gaya hai Mujhe woh gulbadan yaad aa gaya hai! Lachakati shaakh ne jab sar uthaaya Kisi ka baankapan yaad aa gaya hai! Mile woh ajanabi ban kar to 'Rifat' Zamaane ka chalan yaad aa gaya hai!” – Rifat Sultan [(Just as) the spring (season) has remembered (and returned to) the …