Diwali is a very special festival in India, particularly the North. A good week before the Festival of Lights, preparations begin. But in IITR, Diwali is a holiday that is usually spent at home, with hostels turning empty.
Unless you live in DPT, that is. Here, most people chose to stay back. The freshers, as per tradition, we busy organising the puja and crackers. Now, the new batch is pretty good at collecting money and they actually managed to collected a whopping Rs. 12,000!
The puja began at five, although most people gave it a miss. At about 7:00 PM, the old polymer gang and the two branch changers from it made off to the faculty homes. From AS to RA, it was a great experience meeting the professors, particularly for me, since I'm not in DPT anymore. The sweets we got were fabulous and I don't think I can afford to eat any more sweets this year after that night :)
This was followed by crackers, in which mostly freshers participated. On the sidelines, some great bakar was going on.
We spent hours after that gossiping away in Malviya Bhawan, reliving old memories. It was one of the best days I had ever had in DPT, one that I will not forget in a hurry.