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Resetting this Diwali – by Abha Malpani Naismith


Hello there,

I write this from my mum or dad’s house in Pune. We’re right here to have a good time Diwali and attend my cousin’s wedding ceremony.

There isn’t any higher place to be for Diwali and I’m so pleased that my youngsters will expertise the pageant at house in Pune.

We are going to do a small Diwali ‘pooja’ (prayer) this night, adopted by dinner with the household. The following few days might be with cousins and prolonged household, after which an even bigger household reunion on the wedding ceremony.

I typically fear that rising up in a hybrid family (my husband is Scottish), and never dwelling in India or in Scotland, our youngsters received’t expertise both of the cultures correctly. So, each my husband and I make honest effort to immerse them in our respective cultures once we can, particularly once we are in our house international locations.

We’re fortunate that dwelling in Dubai, all festivals are celebrated so that they get a really feel of cultures past their very own. Nonetheless, I really feel they should know extra notably about their very own cultures.

I’m attempting my finest to talk in Hindi to them (it’s arduous and I’ll confess I have to 100x my efforts); I encourage them to put on Indian garments throughout festivals and weddings, and when in India, they need to eat Indian meals made at house.

This additionally forces me to spend a while higher understanding my very own tradition and why festivals are celebrated. I’m certain if not as we speak, as soon as my youngsters are a bit older, they are going to ask me.

(Aspect word: I lately interviewed Reena from Hindi by Reena (coming quickly in my Working Mum Knowledge collection). In case you are like me, wanting to show your youngsters Hindi, she has some incredible assets that will help you educate your youngsters, you’ll be able to verify them out right here.)

Photograph from The Shiva Tribe Fb Group

There are a lot of legends about why Diwali is well known. The one I grew up with was is from the Ramayana, a story from Indian mythology.

In accordance with this story, Diwali is the celebration of Lord Ram’s return to town of Ayodhya from 14 years of exile after defeating the demon ruler ‘Ravan’ of ‘Lanka’. When Lord Ram was to return, the villagers lit oil lamps on the streets at evening to represent the victory of excellent over evil, and welcome him again. The phrase Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit phrase ‘dipavali’, which suggests “row of lights”.

I ought to most likely try studying the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, two of India’s best epics which have influenced the Hindu mind-set and perception system. The 2 tales are believed to be partially primarily based on historic occasions and are thought-about to be “itihasa” in Sanskrit, which suggests historic texts. The third is the Bhagwat Gita.

Maybe I can rediscover them with my youngsters by studying kids’s variations. 🙂

Other than Diwali, household time and my work, I hope to get a while to reset my power.

I really feel that the final 3 months have been a whirlwind as I began by personal journey.

Between freelancing and dealing alone initiatives while with the ability to be there extra for my youngsters, is a brand new dynamic that I’m nonetheless engaged on optimising. Though I’m very content material, I do typically really feel like I’m spending quite a lot of time throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks.

I’m studying about ‘pathway pondering’ and setting unimaginable targets. Apparently it’s simpler to 10x your progress than it’s to 2x it. Extra on that later.

I can’t consider we’re on the finish of 2023; I do know it’s going to fly by.

I’m not prepared but for 2024 however I do know I have to map it out. I believe I have to do some massive image pondering.

For now, wishing all of you an exquisite festive season. I hope within the chaos of all of it, you handle to get a while to your self.

Love and peace,

Abha x

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