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Lights are always bright . Not sure if some famous
motivational artist said so but I believe for sure. The very sight of beaming and shining lights
just changes the aura around you and lightens you up. No wonder , in a country
like India even before the Diwali festivities start the pre-festive seasons
This is just a run up to the festival of lights . What it
also does is it gears people and households to prepare well in advance for the
festivities to start.
And then , suddenly everything is glowing . Light installations
to colorful flower arrangement to candles shining bright and a new add-on paper
lanterns just make the entire air so very positive .
Yesterday , I was invite to a private party for Vijaya
Dashami celebrations . While as I kid ,
purchasing a ‘dhanush ‘ or a ‘talwar’ seemed so much fun , now it’s just good
to see Ravana and the crackers cracking with a little less noise and little
less pollution . Besides the interesting food and drinks which were on offer ,
one thing which caught my attention were
the – paper lanterns .
Also called and known as sky lanterns these are small hot air balloons made of paper, with an opening at the
bottom where a small fire is suspended.
Besides having an array of shapes and designs the colors of the paper
are what makes these a beautiful sight . Not to forget the fire within .
River Lantern Festival
I could see people of all age groups jumping with joy ,
looking high up in the sky as the lanterns flew by. It was a beautiful sight when suddenly you
have 15-20 sky candles or fire
balloons all lit up in the air making a beautiful sight. It just made me stand
still to see how beautiful and pure such simple things in life can be.
effect aside these are the moments which one should cherish .
What these also made me think and connect was ,these are also
like us , as humans , people.
If you have
a fire within of doing something big, great it won’t matter what kind of
circumstances are around you. Just like the small candle lights out any paper
from black to white or colored the fire
will burn and it will illuminate and make the surrounding look so much more
interesting. No matter how bad or tough
the circumstances are you have the power to shine and shine on and spread the
light around you .
What’s more is that people being people were actually writing
‘wishes’ on the lantern inspired from the famous Pingxi District in New Taipei
City of Taiwan which holds an annual Lantern Festival .
And like they say , play by the light of the moon .
It so happens
that things which are of our aid actually become things we swear by.
Take for example FaceBook , as a
platform.If was initially started as a
replacement for hi5 , Orkut of the worlds with a much better
interface and a host of features which are more of an engagement .
idea was to be in touch , in
our busy lives and share moments which define us.
The idea was never to
replace a personal
conversation, a birthday greeting via a phone or in person or for that matter a
break-up publicly by
unfriending / blocking someone.
I am amazed to
see myself that we have actually made platforms like these valued more than
individuals,emotions or the
world in general.
shared not with a purpose to capture a moment but to see which one can make a
cut and cross and have
more number of likes.A new born baby on
a hospital bed suddenly is on a platform like this with people
pouring in with comments and likes.A long
good friendship is suddenly cut short because one persons is
seen with his / her ex and gets blocked / un-friended and the two are no longer
We spend so much
of our time on such platforms that we have actually stopped meeting
people. Calling someone and wishing
them and having a 2 minute conversation on a special day is too much to ask
One would prefer
sending a message or a ping or may be a just wall message.
If I ask someone
when was the last time you did a good deed may be at your nearest NGO or with people from a
slum , high chances are this would draw a blank .We are not even realizing the amount of time we spent is
actually not worth it . Besides straining eyes on flashy screens and randomly
clicking on trending
pictures, videos or links or liking statuses which have no positive impact . We
are just doing what everyone is doing
conversation with one of the associates who told me that she used to spend more
time on social media than
with her 3 year old son . When she realized, a hard step was what she could
think , was to close her
account and disconnect from this entire thing .
Now , seeing her kid grow is
more than anything to her. We are an independent thinking population . Let's see how good we are at regaining our own self's.