Shubh Diwali and Saal Mubarak 2014

May Goddess Lakshmi step into your home and bring peace, contentment, happiness, good health and wealth in your life!


We are seeking blessing of Shree Swaminarayan Maharaj on the festival of lights which signifies the triumph of good over evil. On this Gujarati New Year, I ask the Almighty to guide us

from Ignorance, lead us to truth;
from darkness, lead us to light;
from death, lead us to immortality.

Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28

I wish I could be with my family and friends on this festival. But, we can’t this year. I still feel very proud about my culture, tradition and festivals. Today, I read a nice quotation by Mark Twain about India and Indian Culture at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, CA during Diwali celebration and thought to share this quote on this auspicious occasion.

So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or Nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his round. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked

Mark Twain, in Following the Equator (1897), Ch. LVII


It was same busy day as usual but lots of new things happened though. I should not say that I knew about my tickets; I like to put this way it was gamble. We played it and it was not successful. So, Dhaval; Don’t be disappointed and learn very old lesson again. “There is nothing like free dinner”. 😀

I worked 6 hours at IPS office today. I had encounter with lots of Desi at office. Most of them were lost and desperate to get work done, which is kind of irritating as I am desi too. I believe that desis need to learn how to be in system. I wish one day; they will learn self disciplines and how to fit into system. Jessie; I liked your explanation about packs of Indian walked into orientation. I have learnt that Divide and Conquerer always works… =))

I had class till last night and I again spend more then 1 hour to wait for 76 or 485. It was almost 52F or 50F, which is quite cold but I enjoyed it though. I was craving for Grilled Chesses Burger with organic fries so, I went to In n Out Burger after class with Pratyush. It was quite a good meal except Ice Tea blunder. 🙂

In all it was adventurous day for me… It is almost 12 and I am off the bed!!!