Lazy Mondays #MondayMusings

Post the high energies and outings of the weekend,  its time for a Lazy Monday.  I get up, rub my eyes,  have my mandatory tea and am thinking of what do I write about.  Normally,  my weekends are for catching up on blogs and my posts.  But, the hectic week Monday to Friday, left me completely deflated.  I could just barely go through the motions over the weekend.  With Diwali approaching next week,  this week will be hectic, but with a different set of activities and it will be fun.  First is to get the lights up.  A trip to the market to pick out a lantern with my son.  Then some electrical wire manipulations by the husband,  will get it set up.  There is so much festivity in the air,  its infectious.  Like yesterday,  almost all shops are having fairy lights strung up.  The supermarkets have gone crazy with their offerings.  It’s hard to keep away from the marketing overdose and very difficult to keep my head above it all.  I have pushed them all to the next weekend.  I need to stock up on my energies, patience and bargaining skills.

However, there is one thing I am sure of.  I will not purchase the lights, diyas, sweets, rangoli colors, rangoli designs et al.  from a supermarket or a mall.  Instead, the plan is to buy from the local shops and the street vendors.   And of course, to buy less crackers, preferably noiseless ones.

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How have you been preparing for Diwali?




30 thoughts on “Lazy Mondays #MondayMusings

  1. Lovely post and makes me think how quiet my Diwali is this year. Every year we go to VT’s place and celebrate with his family. It’s a great time with all that shopping, rangoli and diyas. This year seems to be so quiet. Happy Diwali to you hand your family!

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    1. Vinitha, in Mumbai, one cannot escape the celebrations. The crackers for my society is burst right below my window. So, more than bursting them, I can just watch and enjoy. Happy Diwali.

  3. Diwali is a really pretty festival! I don’t celebrate it, but I love looking at the colourful lanterns on display in shops, and the wonderful array of rangoli powders around!
    We used to have this project in school, in which we all made lanterns at home, got them to school, and put them up for the Annual Dandiya Party in the school campus. One year, inspired by this, I made a pretty lantern along with my dad, and seven miniature replicas of the same big lantern, and hung them in my balcony. It was a really amazing experience!

    1. In school, we also used to make lanterns and it was fun. The environment itself if very festive and with the holidays at school, it was bliss. Have a happy Diwali.

  4. Good luck for the challenge!
    Since the past few years, all I do in diwali is decorate my house and burst only 1 or 2 crackers as a ritual I have been following since I was a kid; as a responsible citizen I try to cut down my share of pollution. As for buying from local vendors, you get a thumbs up from me 🙂

    1. Thanks for your wishes.. The crackers, I am afraid is the most difficult to control. But, with no incentives to the fire cracker manufacturing units, I dont see this issue going away. The problem is not the crackers, its the pollution it creates.
      Have a happy Diwali!

  5. Oh, now you made me miss Diwali – what a wonderful celebration that was…. Loved celebrating it when we lived in India. Very emotional festival I think:-) Have fun preparing!!

  6. Diwali is so exciting! Lights, decorations, sweets, crackers, cards, music!!! I love Diwali soo much. Everything has to be new that day for me! And reading your post reminds of all the things and brings a smile on my face 🙂 SO thanks to you 🙂


  7. Oooh Diwali preps! I am not a celebrator of festivals generally, but I thought this year, will light some lamps around the house. No crackers though.
    Festival shopping is always fun, isn’t it!

    1. Sreesha, I am also too lazy to do a lot of things. But, some of them I indulge in for my children. Only then, will they find it memorable. Have a Happy Diwali.

  8. I always buy my diyas from the local potters in town, and candles made in the ashram here. This year I haven’t really started much cleaning yet, we did major cleaning a few months ago when we got the full house painted. But yes some washing of curtains and some decluttering is picking up pace 🙂
    Wishing you the best for Diwali and also for your writing everyday adventure 🙂

    1. Thanks Beloo. Buying local is the best option. I am distressed to see malls choking with families. But, its their choice.
      Wishing you a happy Diwali.

  9. How wonderful..I have not been doing much…only trips to the docs…I love spending festivals with family but being away from them somehow dampens my spirits..But will get on to lighting soon…I’ll probably distribute crackers to the kids of the apartment too..I love doing that ever since I was a kid…

    1. It did seem tedious at first. But everyone seems to be in a festive mood. And my young 10 year old is very excited. So, want to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. And you get well soon.

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