Indulgence is the word of the season as people forget their obsession with diet and noise pollution. SERISH NANISETTI gives the lowdown on things to come
More noise, more food, more colourful and more bright, we love more. We like our Deepavali to be noisy, our Ganeshas to be tall, our marriages to be raucous and our movies to be kitschy. But in an age where dieting is becoming a fave word and noise becoming a bane, do we remain the same, can we remain the same?
All in the family
Yes, yes, yes, we are still the same, attest a few people who know it is better to celebrate than regret later for not having fun. One of them is 25-year-old businessman Kanishk Saraogi: "Deepavali is not a day to hold back. The entire family gets together and lots of sweets and dry fruits are exchanged. After Lakshmi puja and spending time with family, all my friends get together and we burst lots of crackers. The biggest and fanciest bombs come out then." If Kanishk's idea of fun involves noise, there are others who look at the plate in a different way. "I may have to break my record of eating 17 ladoos this year with a few more," says a reveller a tad bit shy to reveal her name.For a few others the celebrations have already begun. Wing Commander Anil Bhalla, had a huge party with at his Medchal farmhouse on the eve of Deepavali. A Barbeque stand serving grilled meats was put up and guests made merry all night on the dance floor. The guest list crossed 100 and included friends and their families. "So that friends don't feel that their families were left out. Whichever festival it might be, my friends' families are always part of the fun," he says.The indulgence doesn't end with sweets and crackers, it goes on to gold and clothes. Checkout the jewellery showrooms and you will hardly find space to move your elbow leave alone your body. But try to get one of them to talk about what they are buying and you hit a blank stare that says: How dare you ask how much I am spending?Same is the case with tailoring firms as the workers battle the overload of Deepavali and Eid clash, and the owners count the big bucks. "Want anything stitched come after Eid/Deepavali," is the reply of a tailor in Mehdipatnam amidst the swish of scissors and the tak-tak-tak of sewing machines working overtime.Designer Nikul Naidu makes at least three outfits for herself. "Even though I don't burst too many crackers, I think it is important to look good," she says.
(With inputs from Renuka Vijay Kumar)