Diwali is the festival of lights. It lights up everything from home to hearts. And a kindled heart wants to share. Share joy, happiness and good tidings. Perhaps this is the philosophy, the ethos behind giving gifts to near and dear ones. Family, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours. DLF Mall of India is all set to turn the shopping experience of visitors into a special affair with Happy Dealwali festival.
Time flies and we are at the threshold of another Diwali. And another round of Diwali shopping. But can there be a break from sohan papdis – Frootis – dry fruits? We list out certain unique things that are not only attractive as gifts but are easy on the pockets.
Sometimes what one looks for is fuss free eating. Post visiting Sharbat and Ayurveda Mela at Dilli Haat Pitampura, we were looking for such a place that did not involve a lot of drive or parking feat. Gulabwala at Pitampura was just the place.
The Diwali Bazar organised at Blind School is back. The designers of Delhi and surrounding regions have assembled with their fare ranging from clothes, accessories, home décor items and food. Additionally, the Blind School stall carries a variety of candles, paper items such as pads, cards, gift tags and bags, all made by the inmates. The parking arrangements are much better this year since cars may be parked at Sunheri Bag, off Lodhi Road, that is close by.
We attended the Festival of Lights, a quaint Diwali Mela organized by Dastakar prior to the festival. Along with their regular crafts based items – clothes and ornaments, home accessories, ceramics, they had lamps and Diwali motif décor items. Additionally, a group of Rajasthani singers and dancers provided a welcome relief to the dazed shoppers as well as their disinterested escorts who had been forced to accompany them.
Pre Diwali fair organized by Dastkaar displaying, lamps, candles, diyas, Indian clothes, bags, ornaments, plants, pots etc.