Two days after Deepavali, most homes show they underwent thorough cleaning, an annual ritual that most premises, including commercial ones go through for the festival. “If you maintain a clean home, you don’t need big cleaning during festivals and every day is a celebration,” says Linda Thomas, author of Why Cleaning Has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home. A Swiss national, 66-year-old Linda was recently at Sloka The Hyderabad Waldorf School speaking on the value and impact of cleaning to students and parents. For those who consider cleaning a thankless chore, Linda begs to differ. She spent her life as a cleaning lady, ran an ecological cleaning company for two decades before penning the bestseller.