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Of purity, dandiya and celeb Navratri

Deepti Kaul peeks into the celebrity mode of Navratri celebration.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2005 18:37 IST

What Navratri means toa host of celebrities and working women:

Fashion designer Leena
from the duo Ashima-Leena says, "Navratri brings purity, helps to connect to your inner self. I fast for all ten days and eat only fruits.

Pop singer Shibani Kashyap, busy enthralling audiences at the

dandiya

with her performance, says

Navratri

for her is the time to remember god with a bang.



Says Kashyap: "I fast for two days out of these nine days as I have faith in Ma Durga."

Puja time means grand festivities for Lakme girl model Indrani Das Gupta, a Bengali.

Pop singer Shibani Kashyap

She does not work during Puja time and spends time with her family and close friends while

Nafisa Ali

,

social activist and chairman Childrens Film Society of India

takes a break from her work to spend valuable time with her family during Navratri.

Working ladies who are married have a very practical reason for observing Navratri: "My husband goes on fast so I don't have any reason to prepare food for myself, so I also go on fast but at the same time I also have faith on god", says Sarita working for the Shalimar Group.

"We have not seen Rama and Ma Durga so we are just following a trend. But we have our individual thinking because no one forces us to observe a fast", says Shajika who is pursuing her MBA and works for CitiBank.

First Published: Oct 07, 2005 18:05 IST