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‘Guru Nanak & Ganesha Share The Altar On Diwali’

Anu Mann, 54, a teacher and theatre artist, says due to Covid-19 this year she will miss celebrating Diwali with friends and playing card games. But nothing can dampen the festive spirit in her heart

I haven’t missed a single Diwali celebration in my life, though a few have been a little mellow. This year too, the coronavirus cannot dampen my spirit when it comes to Diwali festivities (within the prescribed norms, of course). Maybe we can’t meet a lot of people, but my love for Diwali isn’t going to lessen one bit.

I buy new clothes for Diwali every year and take great care to look my best. It has been so since my childhood. My father was a bureaucrat and we called many a city home, and festivals almost always meant the time when you accepted a city or town completely.

I was a naughty child and crackers were my favourite thing during Diwali days. Back then it was different. There was no talk of pollution control; only budgetary controls meant nobody went crazy bursting too many firecrackers that may cause discomfort to others.

As a child, Mann loved bursting firecrackers on Diwali as pollution was not an issue then

After marriage, I became an Army wife and my husband was a part of, let’s say, a non-Sikh regiment. As is the glorious tradition of Indian Army, one follows the religion of the regiment. I must say the Diwalis that we spent during the peace postings were the best: full of fun, colours, laughter, lots of good food and to-die-for Diwali melas.

But when my husband used to be in field postings, the festival would be a subdued affair but would be celebrated nonetheless. In our family, Diwali was celebrated even the years when I lost my father and father-in-law. They were both people who always used to be full of life and Diwali meant we celebrated the spark of life in them that had touched many lives.

My son has inherited our love for the wonderful festival and even though he lives in Canada, he misses Diwali and Guru Purab a lot. I wish he could travel and come be with us this year, but the pandemic has proved to be a dampener. Next Diwali we hope our family can be together. Not only my son, I will also miss my friends with whom I used to play card games during Diwali.

Diwali is the beginning of festive season for Mann

I love seeing people happy and always tip my house helps and other staff generously before Diwali. I want everyone to feel abundant. I put lot of love and effort into getting my house Diwali-ready. On chhoti Diwali I go to the Gurudwara and light candles to mark the beginning of this beautiful festival. And since Guru Purab comes soon after Diwali, I get into a different mood starting Diwali; it’s the happiest time of the year for me.

The altar at my home has Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Lakshmi & Ganesh Ji sitting side by side during Diwali. Blessings jahan se mil jayein le lena chahiye (Gather blessings from wherever they come). I love life and Diwali serves as the time when the joy of my being explodes. The pandemic has perhaps shown us that we need to love life and respect each other if we want a happy world. Let the festivities begin! Happy Diwali!

ALSO READ: ‘We Celebrate All Festivals But Diwali is Special’

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Ashish
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Ashish

That is my India. Where coexistence is numero uno

Mandeepa
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Mandeepa

Very beautifully expressed Mrs Mann 🥰we have been a part of your celebrations so I have the firsthand experience of the exuberance with which you celebrate Diwali 🥰

V K Dhingra
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V K Dhingra

That’s the spirit. Dewali a festival which enlightens our lives and you are full of generosity and an example as to how we should display our feelings and celebrate the moments with family and friends taking care for the deprived ones. You set an example to bring the positivity even if environment is not so favourable..
Wish you a long healthy happy and active life giving message to masses that life is to live with love and in an amiable environment and not to waste it with negativity.

Monika Godara
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Amazing write -up! Mem 👌

Monika Godara
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You have the best smile Mam
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Rashmi Kajal Patwal
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Rashmi Kajal Patwal

Beautifully expressed….Everything would be better if more people were like you ❤️

Brijesh Chauhan
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Brijesh Chauhan

Very meaningful and heart touching write up

Harbhajan Singh
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Harbhajan Singh

Fabulous!!
Very beautifully expressed Mrs Anu Mann, God Bless all of you!! Next year onward, we will participate in your Diwali celebrations.
Keep it up ….. the best is yet to come.

Dr Yashoda lohia
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Dr Yashoda lohia

Love d write up
Positive thinking
Zindagi eesi ko kahte hain
Happy Diwali

Mrs Helena thingbaijam
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Mrs Helena thingbaijam

Very true. Very nicely panned…I have been part of your celebration…u bring positive auras and always make celebration colourful and vibrant..

Neena Bhinder
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Neena Bhinder

Beautifully penned Mrs Mann…Always a delight to read your write ups.. You always manage to mesmerise everyone would an understatement. Be it your impeccable culinary skills doing up your house or sartorial fashion choices, Mrs Mann can never go wrong. Must say your smile also leaves everyone captivated. Stay blessed n everjoyous…

Ashwini Kumar
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Ashwini Kumar

A beautiful expression of the universal brotherhood of man, stated with clarity and a spontaneous inner warmth. Cheers to your spirit and your message, Anu.

Peter Bedi
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Peter Bedi

Yes indeed! we missed the extravaganza of the festivities on Deewali. The card parties have been a special attraction. How much we all enjoy the thrills and excitement followed by lavish dinners. The hostesses do up their houses and deck up and everyone gets their chance.The services is the epitome of secular culture. Thanks Anu for encapsulating the fervour of this mega Indian festival. Happy Deewali

Vimal Kohli
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Vimal Kohli

Very inspiring and motivating thoughts. Glorious traditions and values being kept alive strengthens our relationships, faith and values. Very nice to see. God bless you and lovely family 🙏🏼

Pradeep Katoch
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Pradeep Katoch

That’s the fauji spirit which has cemented your already existing exuberance for this national festival cutting across all faiths. Anu, we are all proud of your efforts put in year after year to make it a special day.

Neeru
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Neeru

Very well written Anu. Your exuberance n zest for life is infectious.

V K Dhingra
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V K Dhingra

Thats the spirit of Life. Celebrating the moments with gaity and making it memorable. You are a wonderful human being taking care for the deprived ones including masses in your pr
ayers. You have graduated in reversing the environment to positivity from negativity.
Wish you a long healthy happy and active life and contribute your might to change the drowning and worsening culture of the society and enlighten and teach the lesson and importance of love and smile to the world.

Lucky Kahlon
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Lucky Kahlon

Very beautifully penned, Anu. Replenished childhood memories of festivity ..nostalgic!! And enjoyed reading the way you have described child and adult dewali which are so different yet beautiful in their own way, as you have written .Classic write up !!

Sandy
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Sandy

Diwali as celebrated in moat households. Anu your words are directly from my heart too…….hopefully we will celebrate Diwali 🪔 with full Diwali josh.

Neelima
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Neelima

Well written article di. I agree festivals to be celebrated with spirit . Way of celebrating can be changed but celebrations don’t stop.

Jyotsna Bawa
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Jyotsna Bawa

It’s a beautiful note and many things are shared like army backgrounds and the lights in my house are taken out after guru purab. Lot’s of cities, learned to relish and prepare various food’s. Diwali is yum, heart beats fast on diwali. Enjoy life king size 👑👑

Manpreet
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Manpreet

Great expression. Brings back childhood memories.

Usha Devendranath
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Usha Devendranath

Super write up Anu di….u said it right Diwali means a lot and the atmosphere really stirs up good and positive vibes amongst us…!!! Wish u a great and a very happy Diwali ❤️❤️🥰🥰

Kanika Gill
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Kanika Gill

Superb
Beautifully expressed Anu, v lit the diya but were unable to attend the celebration. God bless u dear. Will look forward to next year Diwali celebration. 🙏😊

Navneet Grewal
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Navneet Grewal

Regards n best wishes to ur spirit.Awal Allah Noor Upaya Kudrat De Sab Bande….God bless us all to tide over this pandemic holding n comforting our family n friends in these testing times♥♥

Dr Ritu Sharma
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Dr Ritu Sharma

So very beautifully envoloped the life we live as in the forces adoptong and adepting to every festival , the aim is celebrating Life as rightly worded by you .
Your words our the voice of our soul
Every word crafted with such ease , simplicity yet with reverence for our versatile Nation

Much love and Regards Maam

Jyoti
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Jyoti

Very beautiful write up Anu ,yes the present situation has dampened the celebrations a little but the spirits are high ,hope you had a great and happy diwali…Even I look forward to celebrate the festivities till Guru Purab!!!

Upendra Singh Kamra
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Upendra Singh Kamra

Very well expressed Annu. Knowing how full of life you are every word written in this article holds true. Wishing you a very happy Diwali!!!!

Priti Dhingra
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Priti Dhingra

That’s the spirit 👍🏼this is one of the most awaited festival of India.. Beautifully described and truly it brings more of positive vibes and gives us strength to over come triumph over evils …wish you all gd luck

Priya
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Priya

Beautifully articulated Anu…abundant positivity you spread!!

Mohita
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Mohita

Annu ma’am very heart warming interview. U are such a lovely person.. always smiling n full of life. Wishing you a very happy n healthy life

Shailja
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Shailja

Very beautifully expressed Anu.

Neeti
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Neeti

Amazing write up Mrs Maan
Perfect expression which touches soul

Kamalpreet
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Kamalpreet

Well said Mrs Mann , we love you for who you are .

Kamalpreet
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Kamalpreet

Well said Mrs Mann , we love you for who you are !!

Aruna
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Aruna

Anu, very heart warming interview. You are such a lovely person. Always smiling & full of energy wishing you a very happy& healthy life. luv u & God bless