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Theme: Diwali

Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is here,
Filling the air with joy and cheer.
Exchanging clothes, gifts and sweets,
Makes Diwali a true festival of treats.
Diwali evening is illuminated with rows of light
Crackers reverberate through the day and night.
Amidst the rows of lights and bursting crackers,
Who thinks of the Sivakasi* kids or Diya** makers...?

*Sivakasi is a town in Tamil Nadu, India known for its cracker factories that employ child labour regularly and accidents are a way of life...
** Small artistic lamps made of mud, used extensively during Diwali


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Comments on this Poem

Comment Thanks Ru and Nathmalji for your appreciation.

Padmaja Iyengar
05-Nov-2013 01:54 AM

Comment Thanks Ru and Nathmalji.

Padmaja Iyengar
05-Nov-2013 01:53 AM

Comment Realistic views.Very nice & heart touching .Thank you Mam.

Nathmal Sharma
04-Nov-2013 13:34 PM

Comment True.

seshu chamarty
04-Nov-2013 05:28 AM

Comment Thanks Ru for your appreciation.

Padmaja Iyengar
03-Nov-2013 22:40 PM

Comment so true..a wonderful write!

03-Nov-2013 13:33 PM

Comment Thanks kingshuk and Nairji for sharing my concerns.

Padmaja Iyengar
02-Nov-2013 09:03 AM

Comment Oh Padmaja-ji - the Chinese would clamour for a place alongside the Sivakasi kids as most of the stuff that we burn today like sparklers and daisywheels come from that great land. That said, your poem is a bright Diwali lamp and Aparna-ji has complemented it so well with a beautiful image. Sure she is deep into photography and too good at it too.

02-Nov-2013 02:14 AM

Comment So true......Those who brought Diwali illumination are themselves in darkness..........thank you for bringing this up

02-Nov-2013 00:29 AM

Comment Thanks a ton Aparnaji for that beautiful visual, as usual..Would have loved one of the Sivakasi kids too alongside...as a contrast!

Padmaja Iyengar
01-Nov-2013 13:55 PM

Comment Thanks Kulbir.

Padmaja Iyengar
01-Nov-2013 13:44 PM

Comment So true!

01-Nov-2013 13:18 PM

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