1. Deepavali sights. 2. What does शुभ लाभ mean?

Sights are aplenty, sounds have been rather muted this year.Serial lights - readymade rows of flames!

Pretty and colourful decor for the puja areas
Mud lamps of all sizes and shapes, that will form the 'aavali' (row)
Pretty hands will be prettier - these hands will perform Lakshmi puja and will also prepare and distribute sweets.
Boxes that are used for distributing sweets and dry fruits - this is one of the simpler ones.
शुभ लाभ - These words are evident in small and big business establishments. What do they mean? In these days of unbridled private greed (as against public purpose), it will be certainly worth your while to look at what 'Shubh Laabh' means, sourced from a Feb 2004 TOI Speaking Tree article, by K S Ram.
"Good accrual or shubh laabh, is bound to impact your life positively. The important point, therefore, is not quantity but quality: Not 'how much' but 'how'. On the Scales of Life, less profit acquired in a fair manner is weightier than more profit acquired in an ill-gotten manner. Shubh laabh commits a businessman to all aspects of fair-dealing: Good stuff, justly priced, given away in correct weight and measure.
The principle of shubh laabh applies not only to business but also to those who are employees - whether they work for government or private organisations. It would be prudent for all to shun income acquired through underhand means and endeavour to work in a manner that justifies the salary received."

PS 1: I should have said "Pre-diwali sounds have been rather muted". Though cracker shops were not in evidence, sounds have been aplenty and we have received enough earfuls to last us till Diwali 2009.
PS 2: Also, higher-decibel fireworks are followed by audio alarms set off by cars' security systems; those screams, whines and sirens prolong the orchestra for a whole minute.


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