Monday, October 27, 2008

Naraka Chaturdashi - a drabble

At school we learnt that Diwali commemorated Rama’s victorious return to Ayodhya. But my father’s explanation about how the demons try to escape into our World, and need to be scared off with firecrackers at the crack of dawn appealed to me much more than did the re-enactment of an episode from the life of a then controversial God.

What did not appeal as much was the ritual bath before sunrise– why a dip in the Ganges when it was sound that scared them off?

My sons bathe when they please, and shoot down demons with plastic guns.
Drabble (n) - an extremely short work exactly one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

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