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NEERAJA MURTHY
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Festival The sky promises to dazzle this Deepavali

Absolute favourites The firecrackers appear fancy and glow with cheerful names
Absolute favourites The firecrackers appear fancy and glow with cheerful names

J ayaprada, Preity Zinta and Katrina Kaif are in the city not for a commercial entertainer but to dazzle in the sky during Deepavali. Looking glamorous, the pictures of the trio peeping out of the small boxes make Deepavali shoppers pause for a second while they shop for their fire crackers. As rain gods play hide and seek, shopping has slowly but steadily picked up for Deepavali.

“Deepavali loses its spark without fireworks,” says Muralimohan Rao. Every household will bring in Deepavali with three quintessential things – diyas, new clothes and firecrackers. “The sky will look magnificent with Golden Spider and Thunder Bolt,” says a salesman at Sai Om Crackers in Malakpet. At Arun Fireworks, the enthusiasm is turning into sales. As the salesmen hurriedly pack different varieties of fire crackers, one bearded middle-aged man is sitting impatient awaiting his favourite red mirchi, the variety which rules the roost. While Boom Boom is a modern version of snake crackers, Hi-tech candles (Rs. 225), TV Tower, Moon Balls, Sky Rider glow with cheerful names. “Firecrackers are a major draw during Deepavali,” says Thakur at a store and adds, “On Sunday, there was this little kid shopping along with his parents and he looked absolutely thrilled. I asked him whether he is feeling sleepy and the kid said he can't sleep as he has to burn crackers.” The shops present a frenzied activity but the racks have been unevenly filled As firecrackers sparkle this season, a group of people believe in lighting their lives by saying no to noise pollution.

“Deepavali is the time to burn bright diyas and indulge in lots of sweets,” says Shwetha, who has been celebrating an eco-friendly Deepavali for two years now.

As you welcome Goddess Lakshmi tomorrow, have a thought for the environment and do your bit to keep it pollution-free.

Have a safe and happy Deepavali!

NEERAJA MURTHY

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