If you know someone who is scared of fireworks, but who still wants them to be a part of their Deepavali celebrations; is your son or daughter very far away from your puja room in another country; or are real diyas too much of a risk with your grandchild crawling around the house, then head to the virtual world of e-cards. With e-cards now becoming a popular option with many, memories will now turn digital, and your e-mail account will hold them there forever.
So why would you choose to send an online card? “I think online cards are extremely creative. The conventional greeting cards have a charm of their own, but e-cards can do things that other cards cannot like have in-built games and interactive graphics. For instance, I sent a card which had Ravana's head, and the receiver had to bash him up, symbolic of the victory of good over evil,” says Anubhav who recently started sending e-cards.
These cards can not only be customised, but can also be set to be sent on a chosen date. Also, like most collectables, you don't have to worry about them gathering dust in the attic- your e-mail account will preserve them for you.
Once you sign-up, some websites give you the option of importing contacts from your e-mail account as well. So be it sending a card that will do the Deepavali arti at the click of a mouse, or light some sparklers, the e-cards world has something for everyone.