My love for Diwali is majorly centered around the concept of ” ‘Tis the season to be jolly”
I visited the Blind School Diwali Mela 2011 at Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg and was surprised to see how well managed it was this time in terms of security, traffic control and cleanliness.
No cars were allowed to be parked infront of the venue which usually causes massive jams due to the crowds and there was a separate parking space made available at ‘Sunehri Parking’ in Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium with a shuttle service to allow visitors to & fro !
At the time of my going there were 2 shuttles (vans) available and within a few minutes the mela was promptly reached.
A huge line for security check for ladies & a tiny one for men ( because they dont carry purses ) ensured a sense of relief that untoward incidents would be minimized.
Though the actual products by blind students were limited due to their crude nature and obvious backseat in the ‘competition’ it was encouraging to see people buy them for the sake of charity
A good 2 hours spent there ensured that I make a buy and bought a lovely Thali made of ‘mitti’ with Lakshmi-Ganesh carved out in colored stone & space to light 7 diyas
Ending the tour involved waiting for the shuttle for quite some time & enquiring from the guards always yielded the same reply – that it must be on its way.
Well then…took an overpriced rickshaw back to the parking and ended one of the most looked forward places to visit this Diwali 2011