Friday, November 5, 2010

Memories are made of these

My first Diwali away from home. Most of my classmates had gone back home, the few of us left behind tried desperately to capture the atmosphere of the festival on campus. A massive rangoli made with coloured powder at the centre of the open-air plaza. A thousand earthen lamps lining three stories of balconies enclosing the plaza- each a flickering point of light dispelling the gloom. It seemed like Louis Kahn had designed the campus with us in mind.

It was Diwali as I have never known it. And the start of my love affair with rangolis and earthen lamps.

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Happy Diwali, Everyone!!!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Proof that with the right spirit, you can celebrate anywhere!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Diwali blessings to you, Rayna!

Holly Ruggiero said...

That sounds beautiful and inspiring.

Drama Queen said...

Happy Diwali to you, too! :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I wish you and your family a wonderful Diwali :-). And thanks for sharing this story. That just shows that when people reach out and celebrate together, it doesn't have to matter where the celebration takes place. Really, it takes place in the heart.

Danette said...

Happy Diwali to you! I had a similar experience when I was in college-- Thanksgiving on campus- it is strange and fun all at once to find your own way to celebrate a holiday your parents have always defined for you. Part of growing up.

Deb and Barbara said...

Another magical celebration beautifully wrought.

Happy Diwali!
The Middle Ages

Dorte H said...

Happy Diwali though I don´t quite know what it is :D

Mason Canyon said...

Happy Diwali to you my friend. Again, I learn from you.

Thoughts in Progress

Pk Hrezo said...

Happy Diwali!

Cheers! :)

niranjana said...

OMG I don't remember this at all, but I do remember extra sweets in the dining hall, thus proving that my priorities haven't changed with time. Btw, do you have any pictures of Diwali from then?

Theres just life said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family. This just goes to show the celebration is in our hearts and with us always. No matter how far we roam.

Clarissa Draper said...

That's really pretty. I don't know much about the event but it looks great.


ladyfi said...

Such a beautiful photo!

Have a joyous Diwali - and Saal Mubarak.

dipali said...

Earthen lamps and rangolis are what make Diwali so special! Hope you all had a wonderful Diwali, and have a great year to come.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex - quite

@ Debra - thank you, and to you.

@ Holly - it is beautiful

@ Drama Queen - thank you

@ Margot - thank you. And yes, it is about the participation, not anything else

@ Danette - thank you. And it is so wonderful when things like this happen, isn't it?

@ Barbara - thank you

@ Dorte - I bet you do know by now!

@ Mason - thank you

@ Pk Hrezo - thank you

@ niranjana - I did have a couple of photographs, but they seem to have disappered. Will send them along if I find them.
And you may jsut have gone back home.

@ Theres just life - totally.

@ Clarissa - thank you. Yes, it is beautiful

@ Fiona- thank you

@ dipali - thank you, and you too.


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