Diwali is one of my favorite festivals after Navaratri. Diwali at a superficial level for me signifies the unison of family, friends, religion, festivities, food, new clothes and celebration in general. But at the core of the festival I look forward to the celebration as a way of removing negativity and ushering in brightness, hope, optimism and joy. If we as a human being can revel in those sentiments we can be change agents and spread the same sentiment to those around us. At our university campus we light over a 1000 electric lamps to decorate the quad and it is a very beautiful sight and a great opportunity for us to share our national and ethnic festival with our friends and colleagues.
Happy Deepawali to all! May joy, good health and happiness be with all of you.