Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Diwali and bright and prosperous New Year ahead. May your lamps burn ever brighter today and evermore. May Laxmi enter your lives without taking up the room that Saraswati must occupy.
This year, with the markets in a nosedive, it may be that you will light a few lamps less, or light fewer fireworks. Perhaps you won’t buy the jewellery and the finery you might have done on most other Diwalis. But although this is the festival of Laxmi, it is, first and foremost, the festival of lights. And light, like the all the good things in life, is free. It is within us. So don’t let the morose economists, the glum newscasters and gloomy stockbrokers get your spirits down. Cheer up and let the lights within shine forth. Their effulgence will surely brighten the lives of everyone around you.