Tag: Festive


I sing to you

The song I have learned

The mantra that saw many generations

Words in Your praise

I sing in devotion.

I sing to you

Today the song that I feel deep within

Never heard before phrases but a mantra,

Words thanking you and meant only for You

I sing in devotion.

I sing to the Goddess of knowledge.

*On the occasion of Vijaydashmi festival. In the Southern state of India, Kerala, Vijaydasmi is considered an auspicious day for initiation of learning.

Copyright (c) 2015, Deeya Nayar-Nambiar



The tattered kite tangled from the tree top

Reminding the glorious day it had seen;

The kites that competed with each other,

Chasing the sun as did ‘Icarus’.

The festivity is past

The day became days

Now worn and unattended….

Along came the breeze,

Tickling its senses;

Without fail it attempts flight

With life that’s skeleton remains;

Swaying and falling downwards….

I picked up this embodiment

Of once skilled and energetic creation

That I stepped on accidentally, apologetically

And moved it to a safe corner.

What it felt, I may never know

After its colourful, short life

A homage I pay to its glory.

Wedding, an Industry

The grand opulence, décor and grandeur, woven with brands and makeover, followed by the traditional ‘band-baja’, the big fat Indian wedding is stylised business endeavour of a lifetime. Experts claim that there are about 10 million weddings in India every year, which makes it an opportune market.

The wedding industry is a contribution of several big and small businesses that include decorators, caterers, florists, trousseau and jewellery. Voila wedding is more than the nuptial ties and marriage of families.

In a year people spend an estimated total of anything between Rs 1,00,000 crore to 1,10,000 crore on weddings as per a study conducted by Technopak Advisors, a leading management consulting organisation.

Indeed the wedding shopping is an expensive affair. While 50 per cent of the estimated Rs 60,000 crore of the jewellery market goes in the exclusive wedding purchase, about Rs 10,000 crore is spent on apparel. This is mainly because, as experts point out, “Traditional Indian wedding clothing has undergone a makeover to catch up with the latest fashion trends. There are various accessories that make the traditional clothes even more spectacular.”

Similarly, the expense on furniture, durables and household items, though variable depending on the priority of items from refrigerators to iPods, comes to roughly Rs 30,000 crore. The remaining expenditure of about Rs 40,000 crore is spent on food, drink, and various arrangements for the special occasion.

Beating the recession blues and wishing to create a unique wedding that will turn talk of the town, the prospective brides, grooms and their families are exploring the best buy options. Even in the bleakest economic situation, the business in wedding has many national and international players creating trendy impressions of “simplicity and elegance” with their products.