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Low-key bhaubeej celebrations

Mugdha Variyar, Vaishnavi Vasudevan and Anagha Sawant, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 16, 2012
First Published: 02:50 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 02:52 IST(16/11/2012)

Veena Kadam, 36, had packed her bags and was ready to travel with her family to her house in Pune on Thursday for Bhau Beej. But the Goregaon resident decided to postpone her trip to the weekend after news of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s critical health broke out.

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“I go to my native place every year for Bhau Beej, but since we realised that the situation in the city was tense on Thursday, we decided to postpone the trip,” said Kadam, a homemaker.

The tense situation in the city on Thursday played spoilsport for several families who had to cancel Bhau Beej celebrations, where brothers and sisters get together on the fifth day of Diwali to exchange gifts and pray for each other’s well-being.

Thane resident Ankita Gole also cancelled her plan to visit her brother’s house in Santacruz. “As very few people were stepping out of their homes on Thursday, I also decided it was safe to stay home,” said Gole.

Several owners of sweetshops and general stores in the city registered bad business on Thursday as few customers turned up.

“I usually sell sweets worth Rs.1.5 lakh on Bhau Beej alone, but we could not make any profit this time, and we do not know what to do with all the unsold sweets and chocolate boxes,” said the owner of a sweet mart in Dadar.

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