The countdown is well and truly on. With just four days to go for the biggest festival of the year, excited teenagers just can’t wait any longer to spring pleasant surprises on their dear ones and to be at the receiving end of similar exercises themselves.
Yes, once again its that special time when gifts are exchanged, and both the young and the old just surrender to that indescribable high of ripping open colourful tinsel paper to find out the contents of those mysterious boxes thrust into their hands.
“Diwali is a festival of exchanging joy. And, when you exchange gifts you exchange happiness too,” says Satya Gopalan, who studies at St Paul's, Hauz Khas. While the 16-year-old affirms that apart from her birthday, the festival of lights is undoubtedly the best time to give and receive gifts, her schoolmate Nandini Biswas has this to say: “Spending cherished moments with friends and relatives, lighting lamps, exchanging sweets and gifts make the festival very special.
Revealing her wish list, Gopalan says it includes the latest cell phone models, trendy clothes and shoes. Biswas, a class XI student and self-confessed chocoholic, would instead, prefer a new dress and a bag as gifts.
Sukreet Chugh, a 15-year-old student at Bal Bharti, Pitampura said, “I will be very happy to get a mobile phone with all the latest services like GPRS, MP3 player, camera etc.”
Other common objects of desire include the latest electronic gadgets such as video games as well as music players. “The chocolates and dry fruits packs are really boring. We should gift something useful and durable to our dear ones. I would love to have a new racing game or may be a pocket music player this Diwali,” says Mohit Sharma, an avid video game racer and class VIII student from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Manesar, Gurgaon.
However, there are also a few those among GenNext who believe that buying costly gifts is not a good trend. “Wasting money on expensive gadgets is not right. We should gift people with flowers, plants, handicrafts, woodcrafts, hand-made greeting cards and other lively things. In the end, the festival is celebrated to share joy with one and all,” says Priyanshu Agrawal, a class IX student of Amity International School, Saket.
Most of these youngsters are well aware of recent developments such as the spate of serial bomb blasts, the global financial meltdown or the resultant stock market crash, but rather than get bogged down by these unpleasant happenings, they have taken all these in their youthful stride. They would rather keep their chin up, look at the brighter side of life and devote this festive season to celebrating this very aspect to the hilt.