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My greetings to all readers of this blog on the occasion of the Diwali (spelled differently as Diwali, Divali, Deewali etc, as I have pointed out in Trouble with Indian Names)

My family rarely bought greeting cards. My dad and I would make them by hand. No two cards we made were alike, so I don't remember what card we sent to whom. I was never as good as Bappa, but I am surprised that many people kept the cards I sent decades ago, as tresured items.

The below is a reject art I found in my daftar.

© K. L. Kamat
A Handmade Greeting Card by Kamat
A greeting card made by my dad. No two cards he made were the same.

Epilogue 1

I found no equivalent word for the Konkani word poasth in English. Poasth is something you collect over years that you pay no attention to; it's part valuable, part junk. I am using the word daftar in the same way, although I am not sure it means the same thing. Definition in Hobson Jobson Dictionary.

Epilogue 2

One man's junk and another man's treasure. Sometimes I wonder what my daftar is worth; because I myself keep finding treasures in it all the time! Letters of famous people, autographs, unidentified group photographs, and collectibles.

Like today I found a letter written by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya to C.N. Mangala on the occasion of starting the Women's Museum.

Another letter shows Shivaram Karanth returning India's prestigious award in protest of Emergency. Cool Stuff

See: Crude (Unprocessed) Contents

Epilogue 3

You might not know this, especially if you come Hindi heartland.

Here are the reasons why some people don't celebrate Diwali, especially in South India. Diwali in South India

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, October 16, 2006
Last Modified: 10/23/2006 8:08:51 PM
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