Lights, diyas, new clothes and sweets — it is that time of the year when you get to indulge yourself to the hilt. Diwali is a special time for everyone, and brings back memories that go back to one’s childhood. HT Café talks to TV celebrities about their plans for the festival and what it means to them.
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya
This will be my first Diwali after I got married, so it’s special as the festivities now have a different flavour to them. Every ritual becomes special. We enjoyed some parties and cleaned up the house too. To me, happiness is being with my loved ones. Diwali is all about family time.
I will be in Mumbai with my father. This Diwali is special as it’s my father’s birthday too. We will complete the Diwali puja and later go out for a quiet dinner with three of my closest friends. I like to see people celebrating and basking in the festive spirit. I am going to gorge on desserts and mithais, but will control my portions. I agree that Diwali is huge in India, but I would prefer it if it wasn’t noisy and was celebrated without fireworks.
Diwali is celebrated with gusto in our house. We would go for a short holiday for few days before Diwali, but the festival was always celebrated in the city (Mumbai). For us, Diwali means no work, a few parties, time spent with friends and family, diyas and many lights brightening up our home for almost 10 days. We don’t burst firecrackers, so it will be a silent Diwali on our end.
I am going to my hometown, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, for two days. I will be celebrating Diwali there after six years, so, it will be special. For me, festivals stand for some quality time with family and being merry. I am looking forward to spending time with friends. I will forgo my diet and binge on gujia, shakkar pare and other delicacies prepared by my nani (maternal grandmother).
Diwali parties are a tradition at my place. All my friends and family come together, and we enjoy each other’s company till the wee hours of morning. I will be shooting on Diwali morning and should be home early for the puja. Ankita (wife) and my mom will be taking care of the preparations at home.