For some, Diwali house parties mean friends, family and rounds of teen patti. For others, they mean the same, but on a grander, more exotic scale.
At Komal Shah’s house party this Friday, for instance, hackneyed Diwali card games such as rummy and teen patti will be replaced by poker, drinks will be accompanied by hookahs, and traditional Indian food will make way for lasagne and Thai pani puri.
“It’s a special Diwali only for young people, and we can host it at home because my in-laws are travelling this year,” said Shah, 25, who has just 25 close friends on her guest list.
The Nepean Sea Road resident is busy decorating and arranging her home into three sections for the party — a poker room, a hookah parlour and a dance floor.
“My husband loves poker and I hate it, so I thought it would be a nice idea to have a party where everyone can do what they like,” said Shah, who put in just as much thought while selecting a caterer. “Unlike Indian dishes, Mexican tarts and hummus dips are easy to munch on during a poker game.”
As niche Diwali dos draw more takers from the city’s upmarket party-goers, there are some like Sabina Marwah who are taking the bash beyond the house.
The Lokhandwala resident is hosting a poolside party in her building’s banquet area on Thursday, complete with a bar by the water, a series of card tables for different games, and Indian and Chinese starters doing the rounds on a platter.
“The dress code is traditional Indian, but we are Punjabis, so the clothes and jewellery are bound to be flashy,” said Marwah. The 45-year-old homemaker chose ‘oldies with youngsters’ as the theme for the party, with members of each of the four generations in the family inviting 15 of their friends.
Meanwhile, Dhara Shah’s 15-member joint family has created its own way of partying with a difference. The traditions that rule their Ghatkopar house party every Diwali are their own inventions, right from eating pav bhaji during a mehendi session to playing unlikely card games such as Fruits and Donkey with the whole family.
“We are pure Gujaratis and often break into a garba during the party, but it’s the predictable traditions that make it more fun,” said Shah (26), who works with the family business.