The old Punjabi saying goes: Dal-Roti ghar di, Divali Amritsar di.
It is said so because of the grand illumination of the Golden Temple and
surrounding heritage buildings. In Chandigarh, cosmopolitan by nature,
there are many traditions that go into the celebration of the festival.
People from different states for a recall of their traditions with Gayatri
Rajwade lighting a lamp the Maharashtrian way.
states, many flavours
City folks give glimpses of Divali the way it is done in their home states
to Radhika Singh
Shri Kamla Devi, who belongs to the royal family of Koti in Himachal
Pradesh, says that her family has held on to their traditions. For them,
Divali isn’t so much about fireworks and crackers. Instead they prepare
their Pahadi food, with sweets like kheel and pathasha, and pathanda
(something like the South Indian dosa). The men and women dress up in
their traditional garments, and the women usually keep fasts as part of
the ritual. The highlight of the day is the high profile Lakshmi Puja, for
which preparations go on throughout the day. “Toys, shaped like animals
are made out of sugar for this puja. Making preparations is a lot of fun,
as the whole family comes closer,” she recalls.
Taste the Tamilian flavours and feast
your eyes on bright Kanjeevaram silks as K. Anuradha
brings alive the festive spirit down south
A thoroughbred Tamilian would ask another, immediately after the
first cracker or firework has been exploded on Deepavali morning: Ganga
snanam aachcha? Literally it means, have you had your bath in the
Ganga river? Actually it is a way of asking whether one has had an‘oil
bath’, symbolic of washing off one’s sins, and celebrating the
festival of lights.
With Divali just around the corner,
its time to dust and rearrange your home decor, says Anandita
There’s nothing like the crisp, clean and often slightly incense-tinged
smell of a freshly spruced up home. It’s this fragrance that makes all
that tedious last minute cleaning, shining the door-knobs, extensive
dusting and rearranging the furniture seem worth it. No wonder, come
Divali and most of us Indians pamper our homes with a fresh coat of paint,
some new bric-a-brac and some added accessories.
If Divali is here can Id be far
behind? Certainly not, Id-ul-Fitr is just round the corner and the Jumma
Bazaar outside the mosque in Chandigarh’s Sector 20 offers many
delights, says Nirupama Dutt
Festivals have a way of making one very sentimental and that is
a quality I like about them. It becomes a time to look before and after
and go through the many festivals that one celebrated in days gone by. So
many associations come to the mind of heard melodies and words written by
While the world rejoices with family
and friends on Divali night, so many professionals across the city remain
on their toes for undoing the damage merriment causes, says Saurabh
Romancing the cream—well
actually we mean the ice cream! Velvet swirls, churned fresh, drawn from
exotic fruits and charming recipes are all set to be scooped and slurped.
Sweet and Salty
I don’t just have a sweet
tooth, I have a sweet JAW! I can sing endless eulogies and tributes to
gulab jamun, my absolute favourite. My legs automatically apply brakes if
I clap my eyes on gulab jamuns and I can stuff my gob with them till I’m
keeling over and decidedly sick with sugar saturation.
A cut above
City’s own Kulraj Randhawa
is a busy bee. Campaigning for her first Punjabi release, the pretty lass,
however, finds time to do a little promotional work for her designer
While her infamous temper has let her down in the eyes of some, it has
also helped Naomi Campbell ‘coerce’ respect from her fellow models.
Your Second Skin
Make-up need not be dreaded any longer for with advanced research and
technology, make-up is as good as second skin. It does not involve
slapping on a pile of powder and chalky base and gone are the days when
make-up was incompatible with human skin.
Play Festival: The Company will stage Girish Karnad’s play Nagamandala.
The play will be directed by Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury. Passes for the
show are available at House no 9, Sector 4, Chandigarh, fabindia, Sector
9, Capital Book Store, Sector 17 and Cable Store, Sector 9.
Health tip of the day