Saturday, October 21, 2006
Festival Of Lights
Today is Diwali, the festival of lights. I personally get very irritated by this festival as there is so much of noise and smoke polluting the already over-polluted city. I avoid going out during these days as there is more discomfort (traffic jams & undue rush in markets) than happiness supposed to be associated with festive mood.
Two days ago I needed some urgent grocery items so I ventured into the store after struggling for quite some time to find a parking place. I quickly did my job and wanted to leave as soon as possible. As the bill was ready I took out money to hand over but the owner started making the bill for the person standing behind me instead of accepting my payment. This really irritated me and I wanted to walk away but I knew that finding a parking place at another store would have wasted more time, so I tried to cool myself. But his bill was taking a bit too long and surprisingly he was not carrying any items for which the bill was being made. At last he made payments and to my surprise he took out a bundle of crisp one thousand rupee notes and started counting. He handed over forty notes and store keeper said “ fifty rupees more please”
This fellow immediately chuckled “ You should give a discount of fifty rupees for a purchase of forty thousand!”
Then started their debate on fifty rupees discount… I was really losing my patience!
No discount was given so the man grumbled “ Diwali hai yeh ki Diwala ?“
I told him “ its up to you what you make of it !” and left the store.
While driving away I noticed what the man had purchased….
Many gift-packs of dry fruits.
Thank God I am a Sikh! On gurpurbs I listen to kirtan , have langar and come home. We should be careful to avoid all kinds of showoff on gurpurbs, as there is no end to these things. Guru’s day should be best spent the way Guru wants us to that is- sing praises of lord and stay away from effects of maya.
posted by upinder kaur at 10/21/2006 01:23:00 PM | Permalink |


  • At 23 October 2006 at 4:23 PM, Blogger Puneet Kaur

    SSA Aunty ji

    that was a good answer :)" its what we make of it" that matters!!
    i came across an article related to the survivors of the Mumbai blasts n how they were celebrating was so moving ji.. people who survived those blasts don't have money to busy crackers but still they're satisfied & so thankful to God that they're alive!

    so much to learn... hope you had a good Diwali ji!

  • At 23 October 2006 at 5:38 PM, Blogger upinder kaur

    Dear Puneet
    think it is a small store called Rasoi Ghar( selling only grocery items for your kitchen) in east Delhi.If purchases like that were made here what must have been the scene at big show rooms.
    And they say India is a poor country...

  • At 27 October 2006 at 6:50 PM, Blogger Manvir Singh Khalsa

    Dhan Guru Hargobind Singh Jee Mahaaraaj.