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Going down Dussehra lane: Television stars share their childhood memories

From Arjun Bijlani to Rashami Desai, your favourite TV stars share their Dussehra memories, what the festival means to them and their plans for the big day.

tv Updated: Sep 30, 2017 16:37 IST
Yashika Mathur
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Photo for representational purpose only.(Amit K Jaiswal/HT Photo)

From watching Raavan burn, playing with dhanush baan and gada toys to making their own Raavan — television celebs recall celebrating Raavan with fervour. But growing up hasn’t changed anything. Today, too, they have big plans for Dussehra.

Arjun Bijlani

Dussehra for everyone is a victory of good over evil. I remember my childhood days playing with ‘dhanush baan’ and ‘gada’ toys, Ravana masks and considering myself no less than the Ramayan characters — Ram, Ravana and Hanuman.

Vivian Dsena

During my childhood In Bhopal, we would go and visit Ramlila maidaan in a group. The tale of Ramayan always used to make me curious about Ram and Ravana. Dussehra holidays were a lot of fun. We used to eat ghar ka khana and play around. I still feel like a child when I see Ramlila in Mumbai. Our history is rich in culture and real stories... I’m shooting on Dussehra and in the evening, I’ll have scrumptious home cooked food, mostly ‘dal baati churma’.

Karan Wahi

Dussehra was a fun festival for me as a child, as we would go with the family to see the Ramlila. I would then make my Ravana with colony friends and burn the effigies. I am going to celebrate Dussehra in London as I am shooting and will wish my family on the phone.

Dalljiet Kaur

I have just returned to Mumbai from Delhi where I had gone for a Ramlila event. I think Dussehra creates a very powerful energy. Ravana Dahan is what we all have grown up seeing and also listening to the story of Ram vanvas. I would want to kill the trait of blind trust. My son is with me so I will enjoy the festival with him, and explain its significance to him.

Rashami Desai

I love to see Ravana Dahan. I have great childhood memories of going for Ramlila and Ravana Dahan. I feel good in these days of festive fervour. Dussehra gives a very good feeling. I like to see people dressed up, and family gatherings are a delight. I will go out with friends in the evening.

Jasmin Bhasin

As a child, I would get excited seeing the huge effigy of Ravana and hearing the noise of crackers. My parents would buy me clothes and take us out for Ravana Dahan to the Ramlila ground. We had a Ravana Dahan in our neighbourhood also. Now, I really don’t get a chance to go and see Ramlila. If I get a chance, I would love to go for Ravan Dahan. I really miss those days.

Adaa Khan

Dussehra reminds that good always wins over evil. I believe in the power of positive living and positive thinking. As a child, I used to go to watch Ramlila with my parents. A ritual that I follow is that we bring fafda jalebi every Dussehra and worship Goddess Durga. This year, I plan to watch a film and go out for dinner.

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