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Light is in my name

My name, Deepali, literally means ‘a row of lamps’  in Sanskrit. The story is that I was born around Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and my mom’s doc said it’s auspicious and we should always remember this. So, he gave me the name and it stuck :-).


Maybe that explains why I have a thing for lighting up deepas when I am in a happy celebratory mood. A deepa or diya is an oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick, used temporarily as lighting for special occasions. But then “light is good from whatever lamp it shines”.


There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.  ~James Thurber


In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

Related post: That Instant Glow

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18 comments on “Light is in my name

  1. Stefano Scheda
    January 12, 2013

    Good shots, Deepali!

  2. mrscarmichael
    January 12, 2013

    It’s great how black and white can make you feel so warm.

    • Deepali
      January 12, 2013

      you’re so right! B&W does make everything look cosier :-)

  3. ram0ram
    January 12, 2013

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

  4. kz
    January 12, 2013

    great photos… i love the story behind too :)

  5. fgassette
    January 12, 2013

    It’s great to have a name with such illuminating meaning. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Deepali
      January 12, 2013

      Thanks, Francine. I’m so glad you liked the pics.Your comments are so encouraging…i look forward to them.

  6. Northern Narratives
    January 12, 2013

    I love the second photo. I think your name is wonderful.

  7. Zen
    January 13, 2013

    I like the second one with candles. The effect of air is just in time. :)

    • Deepali
      January 13, 2013

      Thanks, Zen. There was a sudden gust of wind as I’d clicked this one…my lucky shot :-)

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  10. Tina Schell
    January 14, 2013

    Wonderful post Deepali!

  11. janalinesmalman
    January 18, 2013

    Lovely photos!!

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