When Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana, people of Ayodhya lit diyas to welcome their favourite king and this purportedly is the origin of Festival of Lights, Diwali.
Over the years the festival got transformed from decorating houses to bursting fire crackers to starting new venture to starting new account ledgers ( bahi khatas) to eating sweets to exchanging gifts to gambling et al. But the real essence of Diwali is reiteration of the feeling of happiness, hope, optimism, positivity and above all generosity and empathy towards those not as well as us!
This Diwali let’s hope the darkness of pandemic is eliminated and that a stronger India and better future for all bring joy, happiness and prosperity to all !
Wishing all my friends and acquaintances a very happy , healthy and prosperous Diwali!