Diwali normally is the time when people invite Laxmi home and hope she stays through the year with them. I think rich do it more feverishly than the poor ( who actually need Laxmi more).
This year its same for rich and poor, given that Bushonomics has brought us all down to earth. Stock indexes around the world are being monitored for newer lows. Stars of last Diwali may find it hard to smile this time around.
Failure of market economics somehow has cheered up the government wallahs and leftists more than anyone ( they are in minority always though). I have heard such absurdly funny comments from some corners like look what have these IIT and IIM wallahs have done :)
It will take some time for the MBAs to recover from this stigma!!
Some bad rumours and people with half knowledge arent helping the situation though:
1. Even kids are talking about as to how ICICI Bank will soon close down. If it wasn't, it just might now.
Though few examples of slowdown around us are not bad for a chuckle or two though :
1. Diwali Card games have now a limit for maximum "chaal" :)
(share if you have some nice examples)