Recently, writer Geeta Manek shared a story on her Facebook feed. The story was about she met a small girl selling lanterns at the traffic signal for Rs.10 and how she decided to buy 5 and give her a 100 rupee note instead of 50. The girl, who lived on the streets, refused to accept the extra 50 rupees as a favour and instead insisted that she take 10 lanterns instead of five. Read the post below:
This small incident shows us how the festival becomes a source of livelihood for scores of people across the country. While many people choose to celebrate Diwali by bursting crackers that endanger the environment and the lives of other creatures, there are some who understand the essence of the festival very well. These people believing in lighting up not burning down.
The lantern is our hope of a better future and a brighter life ahead, for the Diwalis to come. Look at these pictures below and see how children are making lanterns to sell and how shops across Mumbai light up to celebrate the festival season in it’s truest sense.
Have a look:
Photos: Ravindra Zende
Light a lantern in the life of someone else today because that is the true meaning of a festival.