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From Dusk To Dawn

The Festival of Lights, Diwali 2021.

India is a place where colour is doubly bright. Pinks that scald your eyes, blues you could drown in.

Kiran Milwood Hargrove

Rangoli with coloured powder surrounded with the packets of colour used for the Festival decorations
Circles in the sand

A colour wheel that spins like crazy.

Strings of marigold and green mango leaves used as decorations for Diwali
Orange crush

Festive decorations become a time machine.

Kumaoni aipan using Lakshmi’s footprints as a design made during Diwali with a lit clay diya

Hand painted aipan mark Goddess Lakshmi’s entry.

Strings of electric fairy lights used as decorations during Diwali
Neon lights

Bright lights, sweet mithai, fireworks raining from the sky.

Side profile in a saree with roses tucked into the hair
Purple haze

The song is over. But the melody lingers on.

Haruki Murakami

Pet Labrador sleeping on a pink shaggy rug

We keep this love in a photograph

We made these memories for ourselves

Where our eyes are never closing

Time forever frozen still

Ed Sheeran

WQWWC : Writer’s choice

Lens Artist Challenge : Shapes and designs



36 thoughts on “From Dusk To Dawn

  1. Oooh La La Sheetal, what a GLORIOUS post!!! I’ve heard Diwali compared to the frenzy of Christmas here in the U.S. How marvelous to see such colorful and creative designs. I do love the Ed Sheehan quote which is among my favorite songs and of course your closing image shows perfectly how it must feel when the festivities end. Loved this one.

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    1. Tina, you nailed it. Diwali is to India what Christmas is to the western world. I wish I could capture half the chaos, the frenzy, the rush of emotions this festival generates. Needless to say, it remains a hot favourite for most. As for Ed Sheeran, he’s brilliant, right? I’m a huge fan and his song was simply ‘perfect’. As always, thank you for raising my spirits. Have an amazing day!

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  2. Sheetal, what a fabulous display of India. The colors all scald my eyes with their vividness. That last picture is such a great perspective – eye level. 🙂 This is a perfect post for this week’s #WQWWC.

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  3. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures and reading your post, Sheetal. It brought back many great memories from the times we visited India and saw all the beautiful, rich colors in people’s clothing and paintings.

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    1. Patti, your photo challenge fitted just right with all the pictures I took on Diwali. Happy to see it being appreciated. The picture of my dog had to be included since he was literally channelling my feelings at the end of that long, hectic day.


  4. Beautiful captures of the Diwali Sheetal! I loved the colors and shapes. I did a little background check on the holiday and it is sort of similar to the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah. Both celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

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