Diwali is the festival of lights and Mumbai is dressed in lights.
Lobby of every building has string of diyas arranged at the entrance of the building. There are colorful twinkling lights on every window and balcony. Even the plants and trees have twinkling lights between the leaves. It seems as though stars have come down on the earth to celebrate this festival with us.
And many buildings have rows of lanterns of different shapes and sizes. During the day, we see people shopping for these lanterns.
They are sold at every street…..
When we were young we used to make these lanterns in the shape of a star or sometimes we would get creative and make different shapes like cars, bus, helicopter, etc. We would be so proud to hang these on our balcony and run up to balcony every thirty minutes to admire our creations.
But now, nobody makes them any more, not me at least. I would rather go to the market place to buy those beautiful ones that are so skillfully made by those talented street urchins.
Truly, the true essence of celebrating Diwali is an experience that one can enjoy only in India!
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