Diwali means crackers, sweets and shopping to most of us. But there is a select crowd for whom Diwali is about making others happy. One of my colleagues starts planning for Diwali a month ahead. She makes a note of all the special people in her life and she starts shopping for little “Thank You” gifts for them. I remember last year what she wrote on her gift tags, it was kind of cute. It said “Thank you for making my life sparkle.” Then there was my next door neighbour, she would gift her house maid with a nice silk saree, a box of sweets, a bag of vegetables and a kilo of rice. She would do this every year faithfully.

Festivals should become a “celebration of Joy” and joy comes in “giving.” We should consider the people who help to make our life easier each and every day and use such ocassions to thank them for their contribution. The sweeping lady, driver, tea boy, watchman, milkman, the security guy at the office, the housekeeping staff and so many others who keep us comfortable should be thanked.

Think about it. Make Diwali more meaningful.