Raja, my painting teacher and friend. I spent Deepavali
day with him and his family. Deepavali is an Indian
holiday that, from my outsider point of view is something
like Christmas and the Fourth of July put together.
Strings of multi-colored light bulbs hang from the
buildings and incredibly powerful firecrackers explode at
all hours of the day. He looks kinda stern holding that
Hindu Goddess explosive, but Raja is a super duper nice
guy (and I'm not one to go throwing around super duper).
He's a very talented painter. With Raja's assistance,
I've put together a special Deepavali 'how to' segment
for this page.