There are the eats, the diyas, and the sparkly new clothes, but what makes Diwali truly memorable is the sounds of laughter, the conversations, the nostalgia and the love that you feel from surrounding yourself with those you love and who love you.
If you look back, you'll remember the oodles of love that oozed out of the laddoos your grandmother made. The ghee, the sugar and everything else may still be available in store-bought laddoos, but your childhood memories are a lot more delicious. Those gifts that you wrapped with and the diya painting contest of sorts you had with cousins makes the best part of diwali memories.
These days we do not all live in the same cities as our extended families. In fact, we are scattered across the globe, but we do have our neighbors and our friends who become an instant family.