So the festival has gone as fast as it had arrived. In the distance you can still hear the occasional crackle of  astray Parrot Bomb or a rocket and colorful diyaas now hold the melted wax and ash. The rangolis are still radiant, albeit slightly disheveled. As you walk on the streets next morning, you catch a sight of last night’s celebrations all around and you probably hear yourself and loved ones laughing in that very spot where cracked a joke yesterday. Friends and extended family have now gone back home, making promises to meet again soon. The sweets have now been stored away and will be served at tea time as mementos of Diwali. The clothes and jewelry that you chose with great care which made great appearance yesterday have been put off for the next big occasion.

As all the festivities slowly recede into the distance, let’s decide to keep a promise …

…that in spirit and in being the celebrations will continue.

…that you attempt to meet your loved ones a little more often.

…and the laughter that came in abundance yesterday will make an appearance everyday. Here’s wishing you all a happy festive spirit with year-round happiness, love and laughter. Have a good day ahead!

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