Thursday, November 08, 2007

Happy Diwali! दीवाली

Happy Deepavali to all my Indian friends and to everybody that celebrates this wonderful festival of lights!

How do you plan to celebrate the day? We are going to watch "Om Shanti Om" and "Saawariya" (back-to-back) and then we're going to the temple for the Puja, dance and fireworks! So excited!!!



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It's raining awards! The wonderful Melody Lee of Melody's Reading Corner has given me the "You're An Amazing Blogger" award. Thank you so much Melody! This blog's amazing only because of all you, dear readers, so thank you all!



I would also like to thank the amazing Sia of the fabulous Indian cooking blog, "Monsoon Spice" for the Thinking Blogger award.

36 comments:

Alice Teh said...

Happy Deepavali, Lotus!

Congratulations on the awards too. Very well deserved. :D

Sia said...

happy diwali to u and ur loved ones lotus :)
and hey, looks like we have similar plans for this diwali:) enjoy the movies and the celebrations.

Milan - zzz said...

Happy Diwali Lotus!
"Festival of Lights". Sounds beautiful :)

And congratulations on the award, you're surely deserving it!
Cheers!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

Lotus,
happy diwali to you and your loved ones!
I am not at all amazed at the raining awards!:)
you very well deserve it!

I am just going to give my kids an oil bath...(i remember it was a compulsory ritual during childhood!then i will show diya or aarathi for kids!my kitchen is smelling sweet!evening we will go to the nearby temple for puja !...
thats diwali for us !wish i was back home!for being pampered!but sigh!...

A Reader from India said...

Lotus, Wish you a very Happy Diwali!

So you are going to watch the first shows of Saawariya and Om Shanti Om? Sounds like fun. I don't think any other movie has been promoted so much in the past few months. The trailers look interesting.

I went to a book fair to celebrate Diwali, got a set of Alexander McCall Smith's books for the weekend. Also picked up Climbing the Mango trees, I had wanted to read it ever since I read your review on the book.

And Congratulations on the awards, you are truely an Amazing Blogger!

Sanjay said...

Hey there buddy! Here is wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Deepavali!!!
Please have a wonderful time at the movies and the temple.

I will be at work, trust me it is a fun way to celebrate Diwali. :-)

Nothing planned at my end.

Congratulations on those awards, they are truly well deserved, you are truly a wonderful blogger!

Parth said...

I am doing the back-to-back movies too :-)

Asha said...

Great awards, enjoy them Lotus.
Many have plans to watch Sawariyan too, lucky! Neetu's son and Anil K's daughter. WooHoo!:)
Have fun. It's regular day for us, school and clinic etc. Will light up some firecrackers and eat a meal, that's about it for us! See you on Monday!:)

Happy Reader said...

Happy Deepawali, Lotus! Looks like you have an exciting day ahead!
Some of our friends are coming over for dinner, tonight. No other plans for me.
And, Congratulations on the award!! You so well deserve it :)

Id it is said...

Greetings to you too Lotus for bringing so much brightness into the blogging world! Yours is truly a blog that enlightens and refreshes my mind.
Enjoy the celebrations. I'm not doing much, except for attending a friend's Diwali party over the weekend.

Id it is said...

on a different note...apologies are due for the delayed reply to your comment on my 'heritage' post.

sasgirl said...

Happy Deepawali Lotus! Hope you and your family have a great time at the movies and temple!!

My parents are in India, they left 2 days ago. They'll be enjoying celebrating Deepawali there! I will email you soon about me coming over to your place with Alex. :)

Beenzzz said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family. May this coming year (and all years)be one of love, happiness, and prosperity.

Also, congratulations on all the awards. You are loved!

Lotus Reads said...

Just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their good wishes!

@Alice ~ Deepavali is huge in Malaysia too, right?

@Sia ~ THank you my friend! I am so glad we have similar itineraries, great minds think alike! ;)

@Milan ~ Thank you! It is a beautiful festival indeed. We light lots of fireworks around this time but it's raining here like crazy today so not sure it will be dry enough for later. Will visit your blog after Diwali, so glad you're back!

@Nanditha ~ THank you for your sweet wishes. I remember my neighbor and best friend in Bombay used to have oil baths during every big festival. Please enjoy your deepavali and best wishes for the family too!

@Reader ~ You went to a book fair for Diwali! What a perfect way to celebrate! So glad you managed to get more McCall Smith books and yes, I am sure you will enjoy "Climbing the Mango Trees". Wishing you and yours a wonderful Diwali, Reader!

@Sanj ~ Aww, sorry you have to work, but if it's any consolation, I have to work in the early part of the day too! Please give *A* my best and I hope the two of you (and your families) have a very blessed Diwali.

@Parth ~ There appear to be quite a few of us with similar plans. You know what? I am getting cold feet about doing 2 Bollywood movies on the same day...never done it before. I might chicken out! Let me know if you succeed! :)

@Asha ~ You have a wonderful feast planned for Diwali...enjoy...and yes, see you Monday!!! Happy Diwali!

@Chitts ~ It's so nice to have friends over on Diwali. Are you doing all the cooking or will everyone bring something? I miss the "open houses" in India...we always got to taste so many goodies that way! :)

@Id ~ You say the nicest things, thank you!!! I am sure you will have a lot of fun at your friend's party...are they going to be playing cards too? No problem about the delayed response...I know how busy life can get. That was an excellent post btw, it really made me think.

@sasgirl ~ Oh, your parents are sooo lucky! Wish I could have come over to wish you for Diwali in person. I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow and yes, please let me know when you can bring Alex over for a visit, I am really looking forward to it.

@Beenzzz ~ Wishing the same for you and your family! Enjoy the day with all its festivities and beautiful energy! Happy Diwali Beenzzz!

Read@Peace said...

Congrats on the well-deserved awards....
Happy Happy Happy Diwali!
And we're on the same page when it comes to the movies.

Since you are a hot gal, put your hands in the air, say Oooooom, Shaaanti, OM and enjoy.

Radha said...

Wish you a happy diwali too!!
We've decorated the home with diwali lights. Tonight we're doing a small puja at home followed by taash with friends :)
Do post movie reviews on both the movies!

Lotus Reads said...

@Deepika~ Hi and a very,very happy Diwali to you too! Ok, if it's a toss up between "Saawariya" and "Om Shanti Om", I'm going to have to go with the latter. Have a very fun Diwali, Deepika! *hugs*

@Radha ~ Your home sounds lovely...I will be lighting a few diyas too tomorrow, but let's hope there's no rain. It's been raining here all day today! Enjoy the taash playing, hubby really misses that! Happy, happy Diwali Radha!

jenclair said...

What a lovely photo. Sounds as if you and yours have a wonderful time planned!

Anali said...

Happy Diwali and congratulations on the award! ; )

Id it is said...

I have no idea what the party entails; are cards played at a Diwali party? However, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a great time getting together with friends I haven't seen in a while.

Hollydolly said...

Anjali:
Happy Diwali to you and your loved ones. I do a mini version, light some candles and watch a Hindi movie. I would love to go to the temple, but it is quite far from where I live, so I only get to go on the occasional Sunday, I love it.

Congrats on your award, you are such a lovely sweet deserving gal....

BTW, I love your Diwali lights, how do you make them...I would love to try...

Take care dear friend.

Prayers and Blessing to you...

Suzan Abrams said...

Happy Divali to you and your loved ones, Lotus.
I haven't sorted out my links yet but once I do, I'll add your blog in.
Thanks for adding on mine.
I'm writing more on books now as my passion for the reading life seems to have been renewed since having returned to Europe.
with love

Booklogged said...

Hope you had a nice celebration yesterday, Lotus. Sounds like you had some wondeful plans.

starry nights said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family and congratulations on recieving the awards.

Olivia said...

Hope you had a lovely Diwali - the top picture is gorgeous.

Melody said...

Hi Lotus, you're welcome!
I hope you have enjoyed the celebration. :)

tanabata said...

Happy Diwali! Sounds like you had a lovely time planned with your family! :)

iamyuva said...

wish you happy diwali

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I hope you had a lovely Diwali. :)

Ted had to work, and Maya had girl scouts, so we didn't get to celebrate this year. :(

I did light some candles, though.

The Pixy Princess said...

A little late I know, but Happy Diwali to you!
Have been off blogging (and blog reading) for a bit - but am BACK!

Didn't even know Om Shanti Om was playing here - must grab SRK loving friend and go check it out!

Lotus Reads said...

Hey all you good people! Thank you so much for the Diwali wishes. Sorry about the group response, but things have been so hectic post Diwali (you can blame it on my new job!).

@Nix ~ You're more than welcome to join us the next time we go to the movies (especially if it's an SRK one!)

Prixie said...

hope u had a great diwali...as usual it was too much food and family here.

Prixie said...

oh, how were the movies? they also big hits here, but have not watched them

Sharanya Manivannan said...

Nice header :) How come you've been template-fixing so much?

gs said...

hello lr
heartiest congratulations,though belated,on all the blogger awards.you fully deserve those awards and more will come your way.for some inexplicable reason, i was not able to clearly see your blog on my laptop screen till today.i am using another laptop and hopefully the problem will not persist.

Nabeel said...

the trailer for that movie is quite mesmerizing. i loved the cinematography. Will probably see it just for that. But i just say job well done to the producers and director.