A week’s left and preparations have begun. I have a visit pending to the indian store – besan, udad flour, moong flour…the list is long. A visit to the normal grocery store, fire-works purchase, some new clothes to be bought – there’s lots going on in my mind lately. My in-laws are visiting and I have made my MIL promise me that she would be steering clear of the stove and I would be handling anything that needs to be done on the stovetop. Of course, the recipes come from the wise and experienced. You have no idea what it took to get these words out of her – ‘A great achievement’, – my husband says. We have heard from my MIL that her dear husband is a good cook as well, though we have never had the opportunity to taste his creations. Hence, this year my FIL has promised to unveil his recipe for Badam halva. I have offered to be his assistant for the task he undertakes after about 30 years! I have been keeping pretty busy at work and at home. Hence, after a short silence, I will be back with a bang on Diwali day. Till then folks, have fun shopping and preparing for the festival of lights!