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That Diwali Feeling...

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

The sky is pitch black, and the air is blowing a quiet wind. Suddenly, there is a

loud BOOM , and an explosion of colors lights up the sombre sky. Of course,

the atmosphere or माहौल is full of delight and festivity. Houses are illumined

by fairy lights and colorful diyas, with an orangish-zesty flame.

Gatherings of beautiful people, dressed in every color of the rainbow, have a

particular sheen on their faces that comes from something deeper than


Pure joy inhibits the usual dreary air and fills hearts with happiness and

content. But something else contributes to that content, something hidden in

those special boxes in the kitchen. Ah, food, our good friend that has the

ability to not just satisfy a stomach, but also a mind. But this isn’t our regular

food, the stuff we eat everyday; no, this is the faral (फराळ).

Take a peek inside those special boxes. You’ll find chaklis, light brown, crispy

and spiraled; ladoos, like large and ‘appropriately’ sweetened marbles of

goodness, sometimes with dryfruits added and sometimes made entirely of

dryfruits; chiwda, the salty and lightly spiced sunny flakes of dried rice, with

specks of curry leaves and peanuts; shankar pali, sometimes sweet and

sometimes salty squares of delicious fried dough (to be eaten in tens, if not

hundreds). There are so many other पदार्थ (delicacies) in our beautiful

Maharashtrian culture; I can’t remember them all, but they are indispensable

parts of the त्यौहार का राजा (king of festivals), Diwali.

These delicacies that I’ve just described, they’re not so easy to come by. They

involve hours of hard work and love poured into making them. But fortunately

for us, Swaad kitchen is putting these hours of hard work and love into

making these amazing pieces of our vibrant culture. Just click this link to their

website, it’ll sure be worth it (I’ll guarantee). Have a wonderful Diwali, and

don’t forget to order some lovely delicacies from Swaad kitchen!


About the Blogger

My name is Mugdha Joshi, and I’m a teenager living in a cosmopolitan suburb of Maharashtra, India. I blog about completely random things, but prefer nature and describing things in detail. I’ve lived in the U.S.A for about a decade, and have witnessed the rich mixed culture that comes with the enthusiasm for learning about other countries. Diwali in the U.S. would always be fun, but it’s just as fun over here in India! All that matters is that you spend quality time with your family and have loads of fun.

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