Friday, November 18, 2011

Diwali, An Indian Festival Partly Made in China

Diwali was last month and its one of my favorite festivals. Fascinatingly, it looks and feels more like a battlefield rather than a festival as the whole city lights up with fireworks. If you by any chance fly across any major Indian cities on this night, your first impression would be ‘Oh Shit, the city is on Fire’.

It’s really a fun festival, when even the oldest and the weirdest building look glamorous with all the decoration and fancy lights.

Blame me but, Diwali is kind of funny to me. You wanna know why? All these buildings will be dressed up in multi-colored fancy lights made in China and most of these lights come with pre-recorded songs and sounds which are mostly Christmas Songs (jingle bells). In a way, Diwali is an Indian festival made in China with Christian soundtrack. If you ever plan to visit India, I would suggest coinciding your visit during the Diwali which happen last of October or first week of November.


Streets light up with Neon lights



Stairs to my Apartment. Someone took all the trouble to lit up the entire stairs of my apartment with diyas (an earthen oil lamp). On a regular day, my apartment stairs looks more like a haunted place where anything horrible can happen.


View of my Apartment Stairs from the Terrace. Thank you, Mr/Ms/Mrs unknown who took all the trouble to lit up our crappy building.


Fireworks - Please don't sing that Katy Perry Song



Kids living next door going nuts in the terrace.

Fireworks

More Fireworks

This is my favorite shoot from that night.

22 comments:

  1. that's an interesting take - a festival partly made in China - never consciously thought about it - this is what globalization does huh?
    btw, love the diwali madness :)

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  2. I saw something about Diwali last year on a TV show we had called "Outsourced", lol.

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  3. Happy Belated Diwali!!!!

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  4. Nice clicks.. I must say.. specially those staircase.. hope you enjoyed the festival.. Keep writing..

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  5. Great pics.. I have heard that its very lively and colorful.

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  6. The pics are amazing, especially the stair pic. Thanks for sharing

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  7. Almost every festival in the world is somewhat made in China. LOL

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  8. Must be hilarious listening to Christmas songs in a Hindu festival.. Love the pics.

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  9. One day i would love to come to India and experience this festival!

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  10. I have attend Diwali celebration not in India but in London with some of my indian friends and it was amazing. It was amazing

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  11. India truly is a fascinating country. You are lucky to live in such a vivid places.

    Keep on posting more colorful blog posts and pictures about India!

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  12. Amazing pictures. It must have been very loud. Love the blog title. It really does carry volume!

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  13. China sure does have a heavy impact on the world. Great pictures btw.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this. In a way i feel like i have seen bits and pieces of India through your blog.

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  15. @Yuvika its really funny in a way

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  16. @Heff i think i have seen that show somewhere..

    BTW, how are you dude and how is the band.

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  17. @G-Man & Ann Thanks..

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  18. Of course I have heard their cover of Scorpions years ago, it's amazing! But you know, they are not so power Metal any longer now. But they still rock, and according to me they are getting better =)

    See you!

    L.

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  19. @Lucinda BTW have you heard Helloween.. They are the best power metal band in the world

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  20. No I don't listen to Helloween, but I'll certainly check these songs, thanks ^^

    Have a nice day!
    Lucinda

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  21. It's funny you say "please don't sing that Katy Perry song" cause the latest fireworks I saw had this song to end the show. I was like "It's soooo easy... and annoying" XD

    ;)
    L.

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  22. @Lucinda, i know, Katy Perry firework is freaking annoying. But i guess i have learnt bits and pieces of that song because my flat mate plays that song all the time. Everytime he plays this song, i feel like chocking him.

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