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Diwali etiquettes: Let there be light, ladoos and sensitivity

sex and relationships Updated: Nov 09, 2015 14:08 IST
Abhinav Verma
Abhinav Verma
Hindustan Times
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Remember to observe the right etiquettes this Diwali.(ISTOCK)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year when your distant family cousins become your best friends; and nothing holds you back from ­devouring desi ghee ladoos.

However, there are certain things people do during Diwali which ­exasperate us to the point of exploding. Here’s what to avoid to enjoy the festival in its true spirit.

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Recycling gifts

We all play merry-go-round when it comes to gifting. Think how you will feel when you get back the same set of cutlery that you yourself gifted your lovely neighbour. If you have to recycle, don’t get caught. At least, remove the name tag and change the packaging.

The text message flood

May Diwali bring you ­happiness and prosperity- yup, we get the meaning of this text message but can you get more boring than this? Call your loved ones as calls always have a personal touch. Oh, by the way, when you ­forward that message, don’t forget to remove the name of the person who originally sent it to you.

Gate-crashing

Who doesn’t love gate crashing? The kebabs and free-flowing wine make it irresistible. However, don’t be that guy who tags along and ­shamelessly eats all the ­burfis. This time, make ­yourself available for the parties you were actually invited for.

Homemade casino

This is the season when your home turns into your ­personal casino. However, there is always that one ­person who bets big at the card party and ends up losing all. Don’t be that guy who cribs all night about losing big, instead stay away from cards. Also, if you are at a house party, remember nobody likes a tipsy guest. All that gold is not glitter While we love to dress up, don’t go overboard with bling, else you might end up merging with the ­decorations, and your family ­members will have a hard time recognizing you. They might just light you up like a sizzling cracker.