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Second Diwali Away from Home

To read about my first Diwali away from home here. The saga continues….Only this time Diwali was celebrated with more people I have gotten to know over the year in Stockholm and thus was more fun!

Diwali is an Indian festival of lights celebrated on the darkest night of the year with much vigor as any other festival. Oil bath, earthen diyas, loud and colorful fireworks, new crispy traditional clothes, and family members getting together to have a delicious meal and a variety of desserts – that’s how I would like to paint a picture of our Diwali back home.

And like last time I did miss out again on the sounds of firecrackers that brightened the night, the clay diyas that dissolved the darkness, and the delicious food.

With the Covid restrictions in place, the celebration was limited to a few close people. There are Festlokal (party halls) in most of the student accommodation that can be booked at low prices for students and can accommodate a group of people easily. The festlokal was booked and food ordered from a local Indian restaurant, everyone was set to celebrate the festival of lights in our own little ways.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.