This festival season is celebrating the revival of the Swadeshi spirit in our spending’s which in turn is helping that modest seller sitting around the corner of your house light his stove. Are you contributing your bit?
Houses are standing proud in the halo of gold, the city is shimmering like a new bride, strings of multi-hued Cinderella lights adorn city markets and there is a kiss of festivity all around us. People are scurrying around finishing last minute renovation detailing’s in their homes and offices whilst there are still others who are polishing up their wardrobe for the festivals. Baskets of fresh Marigolds and green banana leaves are lending that much needed respite from the concrete humdrum of the city life. Almost everyone is basking in the festive glow heralding the upcoming festive season which started with Ganesh Chaturthi and would end up with Gurpurab in this part of the country.
While most of the patrons reading this story must have already gift wrapped their wishes and love for their friends and family in carefully hand-picked expensive gifts, there are some lesser known mortals who are still thinking about how to make your festivities more grand and beautiful. There are still lesser privileged people who are toiling day in and day out trying to churn out as many earthern diyas, garlands of fresh Rajnigandhas and Marigolds as possible to cash in on the demand of the season. Some of them are strewing some artificial flowers into torans which they hope would adorn homes this festive season. These are those people who are the flag bearers of the Swadeshi movement which is currently making waves in the country post the Uri attack by the terrorists and the outcome of the rekindled and fresh in the mind animosity with Pakistan.
Rehris of freshly made earthern diyas, lanterns, fancy knick knacks, Laxmi homes and Laxmi and Ganesha idols painted in various neon colours are a welcome treat to the eyes compared to the flash of the artificial lights. The nooks and corners of the streets are coming alive with nondescript little stalls put up by these small time artisans who move from their villages to the cities around this time of the season to sell their hard made wares and earn some money to see them through the next few months and these are the artisans who don’t bracket rich profits in their pockets but sell their ware at a price which is a little higher than the money they put in to make the same. But do we have the time to stop our plush cars, step down and invest in their beautiful creations and help light the stove of a family much in need of some dough to make them enjoy their evening meals satisfactorily.
Jump on the swadeshi bandwagon
Least we can do is to decorate our homes in the warm glow of the earthern diyas this festive season and shun the imported stuff lining the market shelves.
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