CRACKERS IN the market for this year’s Diwali seem to be in keeping with the saying that Diwali is the festival of lights. The emphasis this time around is more on display of a colourful spectacle rather than ear-shattering decibels.
The crackers this time have more of lights and colour.
With the ‘fancy’ mania catching up on this product, too, the favourite of children ‘Phuljhadi’ is made in such a way that it would change three colours on being lighted. Coloured match sticks are also available to light these coloured crackers.
The names of crackers also go with their characteristics. The Sky Fish would emit light in shape of fish, Blue Tooth would produce blue light and Lighting Thunder creates a sound similar to lightning. China Tree, Moti Mahal and Sky Dancer are some other crackers.
Some of these would go up to a height of 200-400 feet at one go. However, with such advanced features crackers have become costlier and are in the range of Rs 50-2,000. Sanjay Fire Works’ owner Sanjay said that total business of Rs 15 crore is expected from crackers in Indore, including retail and wholesale.
Lighting: Net flower, rope light and drum light are the varieties of Chinese lights in the market this time. Price for these lights varies from Rs 30 to Rs 100. Chinese lights and series are in demand during Diwali. People are not going for Indian bulbs and series, as they are costlier. ]
Chinese lights with artificial flowers, available at Maharani Road, are most in demand. People are going for different designs of these series with plastic decorative material on them. Chinese lights arrived in the City’s market in 1999.
The shops on Jail Road offer a wide variety and designs in lights. There are patterns with Chinese bulbs and plastic balls, stars, flowers, etc.
Diyas: Lamps and traditional ‘diyas’ go hand in hand for decoration. Now, earthen ‘diyas’ are available with bulbs fitted in them. Also, ‘diyas’ have become more decorative with each year passing. Handmade wax candles and wax ‘diyas’ with hand painting are slowly becoming popular.
Plaster of Paris ‘Panchdeep’ (five ‘diyas’ joined together) at Ranipura market, are in for living room décor. Calendars and posters with Goddess Laxmi riding an owl (Rs 15-Rs 1,500) have been ordered from Sivakasi for the first time in Indore.