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Diwali’s cool kitsch

entertainment Updated: Oct 28, 2010 01:35 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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This Diwali season, we urge you to take a serious look at the kitsch cover art that adorns the cover boxes of fire crackers.

They are worth collecting
Diwali mood has arrived. Check out the wholesale patakha bazaar outside the Gate no. 3 of Jama Masjid. This is where people go when they want to buy crackers in bulk. And this is what you will see: firecrackers, fire extinguishers, and no-smoking signs.

A box of phooljhari is priced at R 20, charkhi packet is for Rs 50 and a bundle of 10 anaar starts at Rs 100.

Frankly speaking, we don’t like the noise pollution and smoke caused by these crackers. Why we are asking you to visit the place is because the bazaar lane is currently looking like an art gallery, exhibiting the season’s best kitschy art. The cover drawings on the packets of fire-crackers are worth collecting. (Take a look at our photographs.) From Red Fort, Chinese girls, Harry Potter to, of course, Aishwarya Rai, you will be tempted to buy these crackers. Not for the noise they make, but for their box covers.

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