So where were you on the night of Deepavali?


A satellite image released by the national space and aeronautics administration (NASA), of India that is Bharat, on the night of Deepavali that is Diwali, 2012.

Photograph: courtesy NASA via Press Trust of India

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11 Responses to “So where were you on the night of Deepavali?”

  1. vaidya Says:

    Wow! But the cynic in me asks – won’t every night be this way?

  2. Suresh Panje Says:

    At times I wonder whether the sparkling spots of light indicate Deepavali celebrations or these are embedded. My doubts arise since similar sparkling stars are visible in the region of Pakistan, Tibet and even Bangladesh where this festival of light is not necessarily observed or celebrated there.

  3. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Agree with Suresh. This is a joke by Churumuri editors:)

  4. Guru Says:

    Western Ghats, Central India, and Rajastan are sparsely populated, North is fully populated, Kashmir is kind a fully electrified. Except for some area in Assam, NE is electrified. Delhi area is largest lit area, Kolkota, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai. A section from Malnad to Coastal Andhra is less densely populated. Not bad for 1.2 Billion people.

  5. Sanjeeva Says:

    Is the image acceptable? I cannot see J&K State…

  6. Nastika Says:

    @Suresh Panje,
    White spots are street lights powered by electricity.


  7. Goldstar Says:

    It probably isn’t the lights from the Deepavali celebrations. It is more likely that electricity boards ensured no power cuts on Deepavali night and so it looks brighter.

  8. Deepak Says:

    Actually today’s TOI has a wider pic showing the whole world and India and South East Asia are lit up – does it mean even SE Asia was celebrating Deepavali? Naw!! It was just normal lights – someone is trolling!!!

  9. harkol Says:

    They should specify what time of the Diwali night this photo was taken! The Diwali crackers & lighting lasts about 2-3hours between 7-10pm on Diwali.

    If they took the photo at midnight or past that, it would be like any other night!!

    Besides, From a distance where a satellite taks a photo of all of India, it is unlikely that things would look spectacular even at the maximum diya/cracker time. It may appear just as part of rest of ‘city lights’ and won’t look much different than usual.

  10. Maj. Sharad Patil Says:

    Are we not wasting our time speculating whether the picure is genuine or otherwise? The sender may be happy that he/ she has got so many people wasting their time on such speculation and views and counre views.

  11. babuds Says:

    The light from short bursts of fireworks is too feeble and is attenuated by the time it reaches the satellite. These are nothing but city lights. On any day without power cuts India looks like this and theses are not photo shopped lights.Probably on Diwali night the utilities were asked to forget the power cuts for a while.

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