Darkness and Diya

Mall culture is in vogue now even in smaller places. People prefer to buy flowers, diyas (earthen lamps), sparklers, crackers, worship materials etc from malls, without thinking of the poor roadside vendors, who have also to celebrate Diwali in their own ways. I make it a point to buy and exhort others also to buy the necessary stuff from the roadside vendors without bargaining, so that they can also light lamps in their respective homes. After all, Diya also means “to give.”

So here are a few lines that came to my mind today-

We celebrate Diwali
on the darkest night of the year,
when a small diya (lamp)
gives its flickering light to fight it,
thinking is big,
let’s learn and share
the deeper meaning
of today’s celebrations
and make this Diwali
a challenge for all of us,
let’s our divine light shine bright
and we become a beacon of light
to help those
who are still in darkness for whatsoever reason

–Kaushal Kishore



  1. Thank you, Kaushal. for the beautiful and heartwarming thoughts on Diwali.
    I love your efforts to help the roadside vendors so they also can celebrate
    the festival of light by being able to buy diyas. I did write that you are the most kind-hearted man, didn’t I?

    An important event today had Rishi Sunak appointed the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It happened on the first day of Diwali, and it is of great
    significance to Indians everywhere in the world. Perhaps, it is God’s will?

    PS I love the presentation too! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Joanna, for your graciousness! I’m humbled. You’re so kind to me. As regards Rishi Sunak, I have expressed my feelings in my response to your earlier comment. It’s certainly a great news for India, Indians and India’s lovers like you. This is what I call cycle that repeats itself. I hope that now Pound sterling and British economy will recover with Rishi at the helm. Thank you, Joanna for this news.


    1. So glad to receive good wishes from you, my friend! I heartily reciprocate your kind wishes. Aapko bhi Diwali ki hardik shubhkamnayen! And to all other friends of South Africa 🪔💐🙏

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      1. Thank you, mere bhai, for your warm and kind wishes 🙏🏾🤗🪔.

        Aur please, do-chaar burfi etc mere liye bhi zaroor enjoy karna – and perhaps a couple of laddoos, and some rasmalai and … okay I’d better not get greedy now 😃.

        Happy Diwali again, my dear brother and stay well and healthy 🪔🙏🏾🪔🙏🏾

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      2. Thank you, Afzal Bhai, for your love and affection! As regards sweets, that goes without saying. We all gain weight after every Diwali. Happy Diwali to you and your family too. Stay blessed, always 🙏💐🪔

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      3. All thanks to you and our wider WordPress family, and yes what’s Diwali without having to loosen ones belts in the days to come. 😆. Take care my brother aur yahaan hum sab se namaskaar aur pranaam 🙏🏾

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      4. You’re right, our wp family is great. It has brought us together on one platform. Thank you Bhai for your kind wishes. Take care. Salam! Aadab 🙏

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