Essence of Diwali

Growing up in India, Diwali and Holi were my favourite festivals.  These were two occasions that were especially popular, celebrated together by families, neighbours and entire communities.  Popularly referred to as the Festival of Lights outside India, Diwali will be celebrated this year on October 19. I remember how preparations for Diwali would start weeks …

Don’t Worry Be Happy

“It is so simple to be happy, but so difficult to be simple.” I was struck by this statement when watching a re-run of a 1972 classic Indian movie “Baawarchi” (the “Cook”).  I think the imminent philosopher poet Gulzar wrote the dialogues for the film and penned these lines. There has to be something inherent …