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More work

In this fast paced world, we are most often busy with work and don’t seem to see beyond career goals. Therefore, we give festivities a miss. For people in showbiz, festival time means more work as there are more shows to do. We are busy with practice sessions and have to take care of our voice and ourselves, which means not indulging in too much sweets and revelry.

Shweta Mohan
Singer To each, his own

“What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare…” go the lines of a poem by William Henry Davis. Many organisations don’t consider most festivals worthy enough to be declared a holiday. However, the retail industry, in order to promote its products, meticulously reminds us of any festival small or big. This is their way of celebrating festivals. Likewise, every one has resorted to his/her own way of celebrating festivals, subject to availability of time. With the advent of nuclear families, there aren’t many elders around to guide us in celebrating festivals the traditional way. And even if they were around, it wouldn’t really help as people are busy and don’t have the time for elaborate procedures.

Shabna Kumar
Advocate, Madras High Court Family bonding

Personally, I always make it a point to be home for all festivals. We try to get the extended family together and follow all traditions. During Deepavali, we have Lakshmi Pooja and light lamps and set off firecrackers, followed by a game of cards — as that is also a tradition! Right from my childhood, I was introduced to fasting and reading the Durga saptshti, a holy book that describes Maa Durga’s 13 chapters, which should be recited during the Navratri. I do that even today, irrespective of travel or work. However, fast lifestyles and career pressures have certainly robbed the charm of festivals. Nuclear families have imposed a curb on the scale of celebrations. I hope we learn to strike a balance and hold on to our beautiful and charming traditions that keep the family together.

Utsav Seth
CEO, Pavers Foresight Smart Ventures