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Diwali on your computer

india Updated: Nov 05, 2010 01:42 IST

You can play with crackers, have a card party and send gifts to friends and family this Diwali. And, you don’t need to step out of your room even once! Online crackers and virtual gifts are all the rage this festive season as Delhiites take to the internet to celebrate the new-age Diwali.

“The sale of online crackers is a huge hit in India. Earlier, we used to get orders from NRIs, but this time, we have lots of Indians placing orders in bulk. The business has gone up by 25%,” says Manan Sharma of Intermesh shopping network.

The mobile application, mig33, which lets you style your own avatar and exchange virtual gifts with loved ones anywhere in the world, is also a hit. Websites, including Facebook and Twitter, are also giving users the chance to indulge in online card parties. Equally popular is the online Diwali rummy tournament, organised by Games24x7.com, which offers players the chance to compete for prize money worth R10 lakh. “The tournament is currently in progress and will culminate in a grand finale during the Diwali weekend. We expect more than 4,000 players to participate,” says Sachin Uppal, MD of the website.

Rahul Razdan of ibibo.com, which lets users play teen patti, is getting more than thousand clicks per day, says, “We enable people to play games with friends and get reward points that can be redeemed later.” He adds that the game is most popular among those between 21–35, and especially users from Delhi, NCR, Mumbai and Gujarat.

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