This one day absorbs an entire year’s arguments, fights and disappointments, in return filling couples with much love and affection. Even if they’ve fought their heads off the previous night, most women will end up keeping a fast on Karvachauth for the better-half’s long life.
The men too, seem to melt at this very extravagant gesture, making sure they turn up home much before the moon is out, replete with a gift in hand. After all, how often does one come home to a sweet-tempered wife? As women across the tricity get set to fast and later feast today, we bring a round-up of all Karvachauth-related action.
The markets are presumably flooded with products and even offering heavy discounts on apparel, cosmetics, accessories and food items. From designer sarees and suits to bangles, nail art and stylish bindis to elaborate mehndis, there is so much to choose from, leaving the roads jam-packed with traffic.
City salons are already witnessing a huge rush and declaring discounted packages on makeovers to invite more women. Pitches in Vineet from a reputed salon in Sector 8, Chandigarh, “We are offering a package of ‘Solah Singaar’ wherein a customer can avail 16 services of their choice from a list of 20. Many bookings have already been done.”
Apart from beauty services, it is the mehndiwalas who take the cake on the day, with charges for application on one hand touching `1,000 on the eve. Be it Arabic design or the usual red henna, the women don’t mind shelling money on the day either. Roopika Malhotra, a student of MCom in Chandigarh, is excited to make big bucks as she gets ready to apply mehndi. “Everyone loves mehndi, not just married girls. As the day nears, charges go upto `400 per hand,” she says.
The decking-up apart, it sure isn’t easy to stay hungry for an entire day. But the women aren’t complaining. Savita Sharma 50, a resident of Panchkula has been observing the fast for the last 31 years and says she loves to dress up for the occasion.
“I bought a blue designer saree as it’s my husband’s favourite colour. I will also match jewellery and bangles with my dress,” she smiles.
Avantika, meanwhile, is excited for her first fast after getting engaged. Says her to-be mother-in-law Rita Sharma, “My son got engaged and it’s Avantika’s first karvachauth. I will be going to give ‘sargi’ at her place.” Avantika tells us that though her fiancé is in Canada, she will be breaking the fast with him via the webcam. “We may be miles apart, but are close at heart,” she blushes.