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Lights, firecrackers, action

Film and TV celebs tell us what makes their Diwali so special

brunch Updated: Oct 26, 2013 17:46 IST
Pooja Biraia

Film and TV celebs tell us what makes their Diwali so special



Prachi Desai

Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.

Diwali in 2011 was one of my favourites, ever. That year, we were busy preparing for my sister’s wedding. There was song, dance, cheer, food and togetherness.



What is the one thing we can all do to light up another person’s life?

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/10/PrachiDesaiBrunchnew.jpgShow a little compassion, be understanding and don’t be judgemental. Listen to people. Sometimes people just need to be heard.



What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?

No one can have everything in life. I am sure he/she will always appreciate a few kind words.



What are your plans for this Diwali?

I want to spend it with my close family and friends.

Juhi Chawla
Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.
Last year’s Diwali was special because my birthday also fell on the same day. Also, Son of Sardaar released then, I Am won the National award and we won the IPL that season. We had enough reasons to celebrate.

What is the one thing we can all do to light up another person’s life?
If you can bring a smile to someone’s face or help a person when they need it, you will make them very happy.

What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?
Give them lots of love and time.

What are your plans for this Diwali?
There is a puja at my husband’s office, followed by Diwali lunch with the entire staff. In the evening, we’ll all get ready, make rangolis, light some diyas, meet some friends and play cards. We don’t light firecrackers. Diwali is a day to spend at home as Lakshmi Maa is supposed to visit your house and bless you. So we try to make sure we are at home.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/10/JuhiChawlaBrunchOct2013.jpgGaurav Kapoor

Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.

Every year, we have a small puja at home. My parents make me perform the aarti because I love burning the little camphor pellets. I love to see the smile on their faces while I do the aarti.



What is the one thing we can do to light up another person’s life?

Share the light, share the love. Share with people less fortunate than you.



What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?

I’d give them a Diwali with no noise. Really, it was meant to be a festival of light. When did it become a deafening festival?



What are your plans for this Diwali?

I’ll spend it at home with my family. And this year, I’ll also meet my friends and play cards.

Minissha Lamba
Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.
It’s definitely my childhood memories of Diwali in Chennai. It was a time when bursting firecrackers wasn’t considered unfashionable. Families and friends would come together for month-long parties in different houses and the kids would just have a ball.

What is the one thing we can do to light up another person’s life?
I enjoy giving presents. There’s a certain joy and happiness in giving, especially on Diwali.

What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?
That’s difficult. Chocolates are universal feel-good gifts. The thought is more important than the price tag.

What are your plans for this Diwali?
I’ll mostly be in Pune with my parents. That’s my happy place!

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/10/GauravKapoorBrunch.jpgRaageshwari

Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.

Every Diwali, we follow a tradition diligently: bathing early morning, wearing new clothes and visiting the temple. The house smells sweet, of incense and sweetmeats. Flowers adorn the place, especially the entrance. Lakshmi puja is the highlight of the day.



What is the one thing we can all do to light up another person’s life?

Gift your support staff and their children new clothes, packs of sweets and cash for goodies. It makes such a difference to them.



What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?

A beautiful hand-written wish-fulfilling prayer is ideal. Tell them that their wishes will come true, that it will be a great year and that you’re praying for them.



What are your plans for this Diwali?

I believe in moderate living and celebrate every festival with love and deep respect. So this Diwali is all about getting together and celebrating the goodness of life. I’ll cook, clean, eat, pray, love and most importantly: forgive. Shankar Mahadevan

Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/10/ShrutiHassanBrunchnew.jpgDiwali is the time when the house is buzzing with energy. It’s that time of the year when the three generations of my family get together and indulge in a full-fledged celebration. We celebrate it for a week. Each day we visit a house, relish different cuisines and stuff ourselves with sweets. Also, since there are a lot of kids in the family, card games are a must.



What is the one thing we can do to light up another person’s life?

Distribute sweets among underprivileged children and light up their Diwali too.



What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?

A prayer that blesses them with peace, joy and happiness to complement their wealth.



What are your plans for this Diwali?

This will be the first Diwali when I’ll be away from home. But I’ll be playing music with some of the world’s biggest musicians, so it won’t be that bad.

Shruti Haasan
Tell us about your most cherished Diwali memory.
My favourite Diwalis were spent at home, in the company of my family when I was a kid. And I absolutely loved firecrackers.

What is the one thing we can do to light up another person’s life?
Just give them a lot of love and sweets. And for people in need, give them what they need.

What Diwali gift can you give to a person who has everything?
I would give them a hug and a prayer if they already have everything.

What are your plans for this Diwali?
I don’t have any major plans as I’ll be in between shoots. But I’ll probably spend it with my mom and sister.

From HT Brunch, October 27

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