Yippee Diwali's here Diwali's here!!! Lights, sounds, noise, cheer, festivity, and all things wonderful. We meet people, long lost friends, relatives, all of them are bound by the phrase 'Happy Diwali'. Kids are exuberant because they are all over the place bursting crackers and making merry. The last working day prior to Diwali is almost a quasi chutti. Why? since festivities are in the air! So no one works, everyone's smiling, and setting 'out of office' email replies, and generally beginning to plan their paid vacation. Companies distribute sweets among their employees. Therein starts the problem for those with a terrific sweet tooth! Well, folks at home make the 'once in a year' category of sweets. To be on the safer side, companies distribute the cocoa temptation - chocolates - of all sizes and shapes, that lure you from wherever. Add to the predicament the fact that holidays are nigh! How on earth is someone supposed to stick to a decent diet? But I tried, and I tried real hard since I have a mission to be of certain dimensions, by a certain time!!! So I stayed away from my sworn enemy - the refrigerator. I even refused to drink chilled water, so that I can keep my eyes away from sweets.
But then, the smell of a Mysurpa, the color of a Jalebi, the shape of a Laddu - started tormenting me every moment. They'd appear in the form of an aunty asking me why I am not eating the Mysurpa - 'It is sooooo soft... it just melts in your mouth.' An uncle says, " Beta you won't get Jalebi (the south Indian version) at all times of the year. So kha lo, it won't hurt." A cousin with a svelte figure says, " C'mon - don't act so stuck up." I ran away from there. They all reminded me of the luring devil - the kind that always torments Snowy in Tintin! And as I ran, I bumped into the Bai who was busy loading something into the........ refrigerator. I peeked inside. MMMMMMMMMMMMM. I tried... I tried....... I tri.... The Mysurpa is actually yummy... And you know? I actually discovered a certain fine nuance of a taste in the Mysurpa only while was eating my third piece. Wow! Fruit N Nut!! Awesome..... Happy Diwali to me!!!!!!!
Diet gaya tel lene. Diwali comes once a year. I might as well enjoy myself. I pakka won't gorge on Pori during Kaarthigai, and maybe stay away from Dundee cake during Christmas. Perhaps even start fasting for World Peace!
Cheers everyone - and Happy Diwali, New Year, Bhaubeej to you.....