Diwali markets: Lights, glitter and crowds

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 overΒ β€” 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.

Clay diyas, earthen lamps, Diwali diyasThis 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. πŸ™‚

Come, see what fascinated me in the markets and duly captured by my camera phone. πŸ™‚

Lights, lights and more lights. I just couldn’t get enough of them.

Clay diyas, earthen lamps, Diwali diyas, lanterns, Nokia lumia 1020

Clay diyas, earthen lamps, Diwali diyas, lanterns, Nokia lumia 1020

Clay diyas, earthen lamps, Diwali diyas, Lanterns, Nokia lumia 1020

Diwali decorations made from shiny paper…

Diwali, kandeel, Festival, Nokia lumia 1020All that glitters of not gold. Clay diyas painted with metallic gold-coloured paint.

Clay diyas, Diwali, metallic paint, Nokia lumia 1020Gorgeous rangoli colours…

Rangoli, Diwali, colours, Nokia lumia 1020

And rangoli stickers too !

rangoli stickers, Diwali, Nokia lumia 1020

Lakshmi and Ganpati idols for the Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali day

Lakshmi Pooja, Nokia lumia 1020Flowers, flowers and more flowers…

Marigold, flowers, Diwali, Nokia lumia 1020Waiting for customers to buy sweets

Sweet shop, Diwali, Nokia lumia 1020It’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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

Tell me, what do you like or dislike about Diwali?

16 thoughts on “Diwali markets: Lights, glitter and crowds

    1. I don’t like crackers either; in fact, I’m petrified of them. My entire Diwali experience is actually soured by the presence of crackers – at least when I was a kid. It is better now πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m not much of a foodie, so that part of Diwali doesn’t attract me. But say if there were a festival that revolved around serving chaat as the main food items… that would be different πŸ˜€

      I had a usual Diwali. Hope you enjoyed the Diwali goodies πŸ™‚

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  1. The most irritating aspect of Diwali is the “Diwali baksheesh ” demanded by just about everyone you know ( or dont!) Assorted people materialise from nowhere demanding “sahab, Diwali” . And even if you do oblige them, be prepared for that icy stare if your largesse doesnt match up to expectations!

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    1. Welcome here, Navjot and thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Great to see you here.

      Ah ! Diwali Baksheesh. Those dreaded words. In my housing society, it is a thing of the past now. We don’t encourage individual Baksheesh and the society decides on an amount and doles it out. I wasn’t too keen on this proposal initially, but now am happy that it is has worked out and I don’t have to give baksheesh to people I have never met.

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  2. Waking up early in the morning like we Tams do to celebrate Diwali is my pet peeve. Why can’t we celebrate Diwali at a more humane hour like say 2:00 PM in the afternoon? That and the Diwali marandhu – that is the stuff of nightmares

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    1. Waking up early in the morning is torture. And At my place, I would be the one woken up first and sent for the Ganga Snanam. But I like the Leghiyam; perhaps that is the only good thing about Diwali for me. In fact, I have a little every day now all through the year.

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