Happy Diwali

Here on this auspicious kingdom of honor lived a prince,
The place of joy, euphony, and happiness it was where nobody winced,
Not a day, decades but hundreds of centuries ago,
“Prince well be our ruler”, “long live the prince”, the kingdom roared so.

The fate looked sealed but destiny had other things in mind,
Of course the love for her own real son made her blind,
When the queen and the tantrum bind the king with a promise,
14 years of exile for the step son she asked and led to the king’s nemesis.

The prince went to the forest to keep the father’s bind,
Along with brother and wife, leaving the kingdom behind,
The evil demon had his eye on the prince’s wife,
He laid his vicious plans to fly away, leaving the prince in a plight.

The prince gathered an army determined to end the evil,
He crossed the oceans, with his quiver of arrows and sword waiting for the kill,
War was ferocious the evil demon finally fell,
The prince finally won, and there was a tale to tell.

The wife re-united with the prince and the celebrations galore,
The victory of the good over evil was the folklore,
The conquest was done and the years of exile has passed,
The time to return to his kingdom came at last.

The subjects were overjoyed to welcome their victorious prince,
Lights, decoration, and celebration all it was since,
The prince who conquered evil was back to be the king,
In his praise the victory song they sing.

And the Amavsya of the Kartik month was marked as happy one for ages to come by,
The day to be celebrated by rich or poor, extroverts or shy,
Everyone just forgets their troubles and worries,
Just fold their hands in unison to greet every one A Very Happy Diwali!!!

Wishing a very happy and prosperous Diwali to all my readers.
For those not from India, Diwali is a major Indian festival celebrated every year on Amavasya(No Moon Night) of the Kartik month (Indian Calendar)to mark the return of Lord Ram back in Ayodhya after killing the viscious Ravana. Its celebrated all across the country with lights, candles and fireworks. For more details check the wiki link here.

16 comments on “Happy Diwali”

  1. Ps Reply

    Wow Prateek!!I am impressed.
    A tale really well told!
    How long did u take to write this?
    Happy Diwali.
    Cheers
    Preeti

  2. Prats Reply

    @Preeti:
    Happy Diwali to you too and also to entire family.

    Coming from you this is one of the best compliments I have ever received. I wrote it in half an hoour or so.

    Well the teachings from the tale did take a 26 years to sink in and they still not done fully…

  3. Nidhi Reply

    Happppppppppppppppy Diwaliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !! 🙂

    Come soon for your cake bossssssssssssss

    Diwali ki mithai na sahi… cake chalega na 🙂

  4. Prats Reply

    @ Nidhi: Chalega kya maam Daudega. As I said “Cake kahne ke liye main kabhi kahin bhi aa sakta hoon” aap bas hukum karo 🙂

  5. Poonam Reply

    This is a nicely-written verse. 🙂 Wish you a happy Diwali.

    P.S: To set the record straight, I have liked all poems by you except those that are about you-know-who. :P)

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  7. pal Reply

    Beautiful poem. Flows really well. As to the context…I don’t know… though I believe Sri Rama was a role model.. the ideal human being..divine and beautiful, I have serious problems with the way He treated Sita, as far as our mythology goes. Makes me wonder…. who is a better partner/companion – The evil usurper (Ravan) who respected and cherished the woman, or the good king (Ram) who pandered to the whims of his subjects rather than uphold that chaste bond of marriage? Or is this just a story spun by male chauvinists, who believed that an abducted woman is ‘impure’ and ought to be punished? GOK!

    • Prats Reply

      @Pal: Well about Ravana & Rama its a very debatable topic. I have a very different perspective on the same will write a post on this very soon stating my POV :-).

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