The festive season is here, Diwali is just round the corner. It is almost synonymous with shopping, bonus, gifting, lights and sweets! The hot summer is the thing of past and the bitter cold is still not here. In other words, awesomeness is all around!
We are a family where at any given time there is at least one member who is in need of a smart phone. My nephews often lose their handsets, break it, or drop it in water, so that they need a new one! The best was when my younger nephew (Brat 2) stepped on his quite expensive handset because he kept it next to the football field! The last smart phone purchase was by my sister and elder nephew (Brat 1). Thankfully Brat 3 and 4 are not in the cell phone market yet.
So at the moment it looked like everyone was doing fine. It was that rare moment in my family when no one needed a new smart phone. Till I remembered my husband!
You have to believe me when I say- he still uses a dumb phone! He works in a swank investment bank, on the IT side. On a trip to US he said his phone was the center of attraction because people had forgotten what a dumb phone looked like! He went to Vegas too and told me “what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas” when I asked how his trip went.
Before you shake your head in disbelief let me tell you he started using cell phones in 2008. He just refused to buy a cell phone till then. And he would conveniently give everyone my number instead. One evening after a few such calls I came home and told him in no uncertain terms that he could not give my number to anyone any more. That is how he bought his first cell phone! So, he is the prime candidate to whom a smart phone can be gifted.
I have another thing to say in favor of cellphones. They make for an excellent gift both for ladies and gentlemen! If I were to gift a phone ASUS would be the first choice due to two reasons. My father already uses ASUS and he vouches for its sound quality. My husband is very fond of music and I am sure he will love the sound too.
Also when I gift him the ASUS phone I stand a chance to win a gift voucher worth 1000 every hour and one gift voucher worth 25,000 every day.
The only hitch is that my husband tells me I am free to buy the phone but he will use it as a tab with wifi! And knowing him I realize it is not an empty boast. Now what do I say to that? While I am still raking my brains over it, you go and enjoy #HarPalHappiness!
Diwali is a festival that holds a special place in my heart. It is difficult to say what I used to like more as a kid- the sweets, the lights or the crackers. During the 1980s I was growing up in a small town in UP and Diwali meant an off from school for a few days, that in itself was a lot of fun. But as a child the anticipation of the festival used to be great! That was the time when the homes would be decorated with just diyas and candles, for electric lights had not made an entry back then. I still remember going to the roof of our home and arranging the diyas before the sun set.
By the 90s, I had grown up and had to shift away from my home, to pursue my college education and that was the first year I truly missed Diwali. Watching this video of Lufthansa today, brought back all those memories and made me realize exactly how my parents must have felt, with me missing Diwali. Quite emotional, the video shows this grandfather missing his granddaughter on the occasion of Diwali and makes us realize how much we wish to be with our loved ones.
However, with my brother’s sons (my nephews, also known on this blog as Brat 1 and Brat 2) were young and their mischief had taken over the festivities back home. They were just ballistic about Diwali. So apart from a few odd Diwalis while doing my Masters and Ph.D. I always managed to come home every single time.
Then came the early 2000s and the Brats 1 and 2 had grown up too, now in college. I started working and was married! Soon my parents shifted right close to our home, so festivities were again celebrated together. However, without the sound of young laughter in the home, Diwali felt a little fiki (flat).
Then we adopted our daughter Chhavi in 2009 and we were back to enjoying everything with even more enthusiasm. And we make sure we give her everything she wants, from lights to crackers. We still like simple diyas and candles but Chhavi, the youngest member of the family is sure the boss when it comes to the festivities. The grandparents too take a special pleasure in giving in to her each and every wish! I guess we are especially lucky that we still stay close to each-other to celebrate Diwali together. But my heart goes out to the people who are far away from each-other during Diwali. May they get together and enjoy it like the old times too!
So to bring back the old Diwali memories and light new ones, I really Love what Lufthansa is doing. They have this great surprise campaign going on where you can register your wish and get a chance to win free tickets for yourself and your loved ones! And not only can you get to fulfill your wish, but you can go one step ahead and help a needy child by just registering your wish! So, just go their website make a wish, help a child and even illuminate a plane!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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