Today Baba woke me up at 4 in the morning and asked me to pick only the red bundles. On our way to the stand, I asked him why we were putting up the shop so early today and that too with so many red roses. ‘’Today is Rose Day’’, said Baba. I enquired what it was. He said, “ it is our Diwali beta, the time of the year when Goddess Laksmi is the most generous.”

By Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.

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