Diwali is not just a Hindu festival but it is most likely a festival of Indians. When I’m in Australia, Christmas is very special and everywhere we can feel that Christmas will be there soon, we would get the same feeling in India when it’s Diwali festival time.
I had a great time this year on Diwali, doing shopping in the non-crowded stores, driving in the non- crowded roads, eating good home made food and South Indian style traditional Diwali sweets like Murukku, Adhirasam, Rava laddu, Maa Laddu, Paniyaram and last but not the least, Mundhiri Kothu (this is mainly a Tirunelveli sweet and my parents being from Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur background is the very reason why this sweet always makes it in the sweet menu at our home). Apart from these the sweetest North Indian style sweets were also there. Lots of Idlis, Mutton Kuruma, Chicken Biriyani, I felt like Mayabazar Rangarao. I don’t know when I would again have an opportunity to eat all these items in one single day, yes, I have already booked my appointment with the dentist for Friday morning before I start to Sydney. Fired lots of crackers too and looked at lots of silk sarees until my eyes became tired and begged me to step out of the shop.
In India, there is a fashionista in every home. Every family can run their own fashion weeks. Most of the women dress in their own style but very little of them have knowledge about the world fashion and brands.
If we think, that’s because of the dominance of the Indian ethnic wear and another reason could be that people are not cautious about the brands because a $500 worth international brand of a particular quality, finish and design would probably be available in India already for a price equal or less than $50. When I do this comparison we should note that I’m not talking about the fake of a brand but something that can be chosen as an alternative instead of spending so much for an international brand. This is why all those international brands fail in the Indian market.
I think that is the same reason why there are more fashionistas but less fashion bloggers in India.
The profile of India in Olympics 2012 shows that we are not really a developing country in the field of Sports. Isn’t it embarrassing to see that the total medal we have won so far is much less than the gold medals won by some of the countries in this Olympics. It is high time that we should set a goal for our kids to excel in sports not just one but two(except Cricket, as all Indians, even my late Granny knew everything about Cricket and so it is not necessary to teach our kids how to play Cricket as it is inborn with them).
It is too much to ask for a champion from every family now, but we can at least make sure that our kids know 2 games perfectly and can play it as per the game rules. Let us make sure that we give them enough coaching to excel in sports and not stop them from achieving in sports due to monetary reasons. We can now produce ‘n’ number of engineers but how many sportsman have we given to our Country.
There was a time when we used to tell our kids that we cannot send them to sports coaching as it won’t bring them enough money. Let us not think of sports as money but as a Pride that we are going to cultivate in our kids. We now know how to make money, thanks to Globalization, so we can spend those money at least some part of it for giving enough coaching to our kids. If we start training them now, 20 years later we can definitely make them win more Gold medals as I have confidence in Indian parents, we make everything competitive when it comes to our kids performance 😉