Hello, hello!

Good Morning People!

It’s a wet, cloudy and cool morning here. The rains still haven’t stopped in Pune, even though it’s already autumn. This year has been weird in terms of weather. But when you have mornings like these, who’s complaining? πŸ™‚

How’s the weather in your part of the world? Tell me in the comments section πŸ™‚

My fellow blogger, Mr. Sushant Dhamecha from Sushant’s Blog took my photo blogpost on reading and gave it words. Words that I couldn’t agree with more. Please head over to his blog post – Movie Inside Your Head – and read about his thoughts on imagining books like movies.

To update you on what’s been happening on The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch Blog, this week is dedicated to Poetry. So this week the contributors explain the process of poetry writing that we prefer. GrabbetyΒ and Dharkanein have already published their pieces, explaining how their poetry evolves during the thinking and writing process. There will be another piece coming out anytime today, and I shall promptly inform you about it. Yours truly will be posting hers tomorrow, so watch out for it πŸ™‚

Also the past week was dedicated to writing routines. We’ve had a lot of fun discussing our writing schedules, or the lack thereof (like in my case) and what works for us while writing. If you are interested in reading about that, then please head over to the blog by clicking on this link.

Diwali is right around the corner. By this time next week most Indians will be caught up in Diwali celebrations. Know what I love most about Diwali – crackers. Yes, I’m one of those backward thinking people who love to pollute. But, BUT, I haven’t touched crackers for the past one decade. I love them, I wish there were some eco-friendly crackers to burst, but since there aren’t, I stay away from them because I do understand that they pollute the environment and I don’t wish to fuel that kind of pollution.Β New Delhi’s initiative to ban crackers in the capital is a commendable step, and I hope that the people will understand the reasons behind it and embrace the Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers. I bet there will still be some who will smuggle crackers from other regions and openly flout the rules, but over a period of time, I’ve seen a change in people. More and more are willing to forgo bursting crackers and are even adopting more eco-friendly ways to light diyas this Diwali by going back to the earthen lamps that we used to have in the good ol’ days. Honestly, I have always preferred earthen lamps over wax candles and those electric lights that look like diyas.Β There’s something about the whole process of purchasing those diyas, immersing them in water so they don’t drink up the oil, hand making the wicks that go into them and watching them flicker and twinkle on the night of Diwali. It’s so satisfying! And after Diwali is done, I break up those diyas so I can line the base of my garden pots with them. Reuse, recycle, reduce waste!

Know what I hate most about Diwali season – the cleaning!!! Madness strikes every Hindu household around this time of the year. Our Spring Cleaning comes in autumn and causes a mini-tornado in the house. I’ve been cleaning, throwing stuff out, arranging then re-arranging and vacuuming for the past one week already, and there’s still so much left to do!!

What do you love and hate most about this season, and how do you plan to celebrate? Don’t forget to write about it in the comments section below. If you don’t celebrate Diwali, tell me how you celebrate your favorite festival. I’m in a super-chatty mood today, so drop in your comments and let’s get this party started!!

Have a Great Day!

Image Credits: Pradita Kapahi, 2017.

39 thoughts on “Hello, hello!

  1. Mam, Thanx for sharing my words.
    My son is hardcore fan of diwali. He already started demanding crackers. But, this year, after Diwali we have a vacation of 5 days, so I decided to end up my car’s fuel tank to roam and explore nearby places in Gujarat with my family.
    Happy and Safe Diwali to you and your family.

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  2. Sunny greetings from Luz in Portugal where the weather at the Algarve is actually really nice. However your post reminds me to all the cleaning works waiting for me at home in Berlin tomorrow. Now I need a bath in the sun!

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  3. Hello! I live in the tiny province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The days are warm but the nights are quite cool. The leaves on the trees turn brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. They are stunning. Yesterday it was 20 degrees Celsius and quite foggy, today (it is only 8:00am here) it is very sunny, windy, and only 14 degrees Celsius.
    Although in Canada we generally do ‘spring cleaning’ in the spring, However, personally, I love to clean and de-clutter in the autumn. I call it my autumn ‘nesting’ period where I get ready for the long winter.

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    • Hello to you too! I’ve been told by my Husband that Nova Scotia is a very beautiful place. How I wish I could see its Autumn myself. Thanks to TV and the internet we, in the other parts of the world, know just how beautiful Canada becomes during spring time and Autumn. Hope you’ll share some pics with us 😊

      Hi5 for the Autumn cleaning like we do here. Actually you don’t need a season to do it, but I think the logic may have been that these two periods in the year, Autumn and Spring, are both very mild – not top hot, not top cold – so people can carry on the decluttering at ease. But of course, lazy bums like me need a festival to do it. I hope your Nest cleaning is done. Thanks for stopping by 😁

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  4. I don’t hate anything much about it, but honestly now, I could do without any cleaning drama, but as you know that is really not in the option.
    And I love a lot of things, starting from decorating the house, lighting up every corner with be it diyas or lights, and (ssssshhhhh) crackers too. I admit it pollutes but I just love them. I did ban myself to burst them for a couple of years in high school but I got back to it and have been bursting them though in minimal amount.



  6. I used to love lighting up crackers too but it’s been two years since I stopped bursting crackers. Maybe one day we will have eco-friendly crackers! This year, my friends and I celebrated Diwali by releasing sky lanterns. πŸ˜€ Oh, and btw Happy Belated Diwali! πŸ˜‰

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    • Happy Belated Diwali to you too darling. Glad to know that you’re equally intent on saving the environment. I saw the pictures of those lanterns you lit up on your Instagram account. Very pretty and a much better idea indeed. Let’s hope someday we do get environment friendly crackers that release, say, more of oxygen into the air instead of depleting it. Wouldn’t that be something now? 😁😁😁


      • Now that’s one hell of an idea! I wish that oxygen-releasing crackers were reality. That would be so much fun! Lighting up sky lanterns was awesome. When everyone released their lanterns, it felt like that scene from Tangled. 😍 But unfortunately, I couldn’t capture that moment. I was so lost in the beauty of the scene before me. πŸ˜‚ Here’s to us, the environment savers. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€


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