Last Saturday was both Diwali and the date of the annual Texas-OU game. Since I was unable to give up one or the other, it made for a hectic evening as I bounced between the two events. Here’s an essay I wrote about it for the Arts and Life section.
About 50 people packed onto the patio of a hotel here in Dubai — the weather has cooled down just enough to make sitting outside bearable. The 11 a.m. kickoff in Dallas was 8 p.m. in the UAE, making for a festive Saturday night gathering. I had to leave at the half; I was invited to some friends’ house for Diwali and I didn’t want to ignore the holiday. Part of why I moved here was to immerse myself more fully in Indian cultural traditions. The ‘Horns were playing poorly but managed to squeak out a win.