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Srishti Shanker
Friday , November 16, 2012

Beyond the bright lights of Diwali


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"Didi, we came to work at 5:30 am this morning. The stars were still twinkling. We felt scared walking down the street. And we'll need to come even earlier tomorrow." Naively, I asked why. "Its the day after Diwali and there will be so much work. You know, my father doesn't sleep at all. He wakes up at 3 am...takes a bath, does his puja and then sets out for work." That's how my Diwali day began...with this conversation with my maid's daughter. The mother-daughter duo finished working, took its Diwali bakshish with folded hands and a smile and moved on to its next stop. A house in Chilla Gaon. I didn't have the heart to ask when their Diwali would start. And deep in my heart, I knew it would be over even before it began. In the evening, we went down to burst crackers.....


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