Tomorrow is Deepwali - the Indian festival of lights. There is an atmosphere of festivities everywhere. The festival symbolises brightness and light, and so millions of homes across the Country, are brightly lit up for the past so many days to pay obeisance to God Almighty for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame.
Diwali also symbolises removing darkness - in the form of ignorance and all negative forces - wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering, by spreading light in the form of knowledge.
Deepawali also symbolises a 'new beginning'
The festivities reach a peak. People shop for new clothes and jewellery, and sweets and gifts to exchange with near and dear ones. Households are refurbished and cleaned, and then lit up brightly. Relatives and friends reunite this time of the year -if not at anytime else. There is happiness all around.
On Deepawali this year - as in all the previous years - I send my sincerest good wishes to all my friends and colleagues. May each one of them become a brightly lit lamp, and spread light all around them.