From Madras to Manila

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Diwali Came - And Went

Belated kali Puja and Diwali Wishes to you all.

The festival of lights came and went relatively unnoticed here except among the Indian community which had some gatherings that we did not attend. Luckily Monday and Tuesday were holidays due to All Saint's Day and All Souls' Day falling on the same days.

We had a small dinner for a couple of friends who collectively make up 66% of our entire friend circle here (the remaining 33% had chosen Hong Kong over our happening do, for which we will never forgive him). It was also the 'coming out' party for our apartment, which we've kind of beaten into shape through four days of hard work on the living room and 2 minutes spent shutting all the other doors so people wouldn't see the chaos within. It's like the beginning of time in the guest bedroom, circa the day before God decided to create Earth.

We lit a solitary candle as our contribution to Diwali, sang old Hindi songs and feasted on rice, sambar, poriyal and chutney, courtesy Sandi, who spent 3.5 hrs in the kitchen to make it happen.


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