It’s that time of the year again. Diwali’s here (and at the time of publishing this post, almost over).
I don’t like Diwali very much. I hate the firecrackers and noise, the smoke and pollution it brings with it leaving me ill by the time the festivities get over. It’s a time I get all irritable and morose and develop a Scrooge-like persona. Well, not really, but almost.
The only saving grace about Diwali and also the only thing I like about this time of the year is the Diwali market that springs up all over — stalls selling lanterns, clay lamps, sweets, flowers, rangoli powder, clothes … So, every year, the week before Diwali is for walking through the various markets in the city and enjoying the buzz, the colour, the wares on sale and sometimes buying them as well. Like this set of beautiful diyas I bought a few years back.
This year, too, was no different. So amidst stocking up on my anti-allergens and inhalers in readiness for Diwali, I also explored the markets in Chembur, Matunga and Vashi. For the first time, I also took pictures, thanks to my new smartphone with a smarter camera. 🙂
Come, see what fascinated me in the markets and duly captured by my camera phone. 🙂
Lights, lights and more lights. I just couldn’t get enough of them.
Diwali decorations made from shiny paper…
All that glitters of not gold. Clay diyas painted with metallic gold-coloured paint.
Gorgeous rangoli colours…
And rangoli stickers too !
Lakshmi and Ganpati idols for the Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali day
Flowers, flowers and more flowers…
Waiting for customers to buy sweets…
It’s not easy navigating the over crowded markets with the haphazard stalls, vehicular traffic, parked vehicles and the shopping crowd. Ordinarily, the crowds itself would have deterred me from visiting the markets, but the Diwali markets are too fascinating to resist. The bargaining, the display of wares, the colours, the smells, the hopeful looks on the seller’s face… All this gets me through Diwali. 🙂
Over the years, I have found that every year the markets are different reflecting the trends and designs and even aspirations of that particular period. Therefore, it’s no surprise that I look forward to them every year. There are some things that I mark in my diary at the beginning of the year; the Diwali market is one of them.
Happy Diwali, dear reader. 😀
Tell me, what do you like or dislike about Diwali?