I’m normal and I haven’t shopped this Diwali

I can murder any soul that comes near me now and says, “Deepika, is your Diwali shopping over?” I am sick and tired of this question. First of all, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said recently, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” I don’t have money to splurge on things I don’t need. Just because Diwali is round the corner that does not mean that I will spend all my waking hours on thinking what to shop, where to shop.

Mindless consumption makes me feel sick these days. More so in a country where many still find it hard to make both ends meet. And in the end, how much clothes can one wear in a lifetime? And how many crystal glasses does one need to pour a drink? I believe very strongly that one actually doesn’t own anything in the end no matter how much you spend in buying that solitaire. You will not take it with you when you go up or down (most of us deserve to go to hell if there’s one for being so insensitive to our surrounding).

And I’ m perfectly normal even if I haven’t spent a single penny till now on myself this Diwali.  I still go back home and enjoy listening Adele,  Bruno Mars and John Lenon’s Imagine no possession.


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