Deepavali is not the same without its scrumptious homemade sweets and savouries such as “murukku”, “athirasam”, “rava laddu”, and “jeeni laddu” .
Housewives vie with each other in preparing these delicacies which are unique to each household .
However, this time around, unscheduled and prolonged load shedding is playing a spoiler in the preparation of these toothsome grub. Flour mills that usually do a roaring business at this time of the year are hard-pressed to meet the demand.
While flour mills go about their task in fits and starts , housewives have to wait in long queues or leave their rice, sugar, and ‘rava’ at the mill to come back and collect them later.
“As a result, preparation of eatables gets delayed and flour mills have to be content with whatever little business they do,” say housewives and flour mill owners in unison. K.V.G.Mahendran of Shankaravadivel rice mill on medical college road said that from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Thursday, power was cut for four times. “Because of this I could not do the grinding,” he says.
At least till Deepavali TANGEDCO should schedule their power cut to ensure unhindered operation of these mills, opines Mahendran. However, the housewives of the town undismayed by the power woes are doing every bit possible to light up the festivities with their delectable delicacies.