Monday, October 05, 2009

DFW Diwali Mela 2009

Yesterday was the annual DFW Diwali Mela organized by the DFW Indian Cultural Society. We were supposed to keep a vendor booth on behalf of Sankara Eye Foundation at the event but due to the organizers oversight we couldn't do it. The organizers had double-booked the booth and we ended up being without a booth. These glitches apart the event was by far a success I would say for several reasons.

The first reason being the location, in the DFW area the maximum Indian population is in north Dallas cities of Irving, Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, etc. The event was organized in Arlington, which is about 40 miles from Plano and further from Frisco and McKinney. Nevertheless looking at the crowd it was clear that there were people from all over and even from out of state and far away.

For a change event parking was free, but the cops were by far the rudest I have ever come across in the US. They were not willing to talk, answer questions or direct us to the right location. This was kinda absurd and quite unexpected.

Anyway I guess the organizers will learn not to double book booths and get their act together next year.

1 comment:

S. said...

Dewali Mela 2009 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington was such a disappointment this year. I was always very excited and looked forward to it. These are some of the reasons for the failure of Dewali Mela 2009
1. Do not pick up a Sunday evening Kids go to school on Monday.
2. This is Dallas: Weather changes pretty quick Pick a covered venue.
3. It was heartbreaking to see the elderly and small children freezing in the cold outside.
4. It was impossible to enjoy the perfromance.
Colleyville, Texas