1) Discounts, Discounts and more Discounts
Yes, the papers are flooded with it. There’s a discount for every thing you can put your eyes on – Fridge, TV, Handi, Biryani to even inner wear. And there’s something for everybody- for Papa, Mummy, Chachi, Chachi, Dadi, Nana, billi to your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. Yeah! these discounts can make you swell with happiness and that calls for, “Yeah! Group Hug!”
2) What? You are not coming home for Diwali?
Yes, this is the reaction you get every time you tell your family you are not coming home for Diwali. You will get to hear all kinds of excuses you could possibly give, and you may even think of more excuses not to go. Because your idea of celebrating Diwali is a few pegs in hand.
3) What do we give Sharmaji this year? We’ll gift wrap what Dubeyji gave us last year?
Yes, what goes around comes around. It’s that simple. Diwali is all about gifting and re-gifting. So if you’ve not had the time to buy a gift, you gift a return gift you got last year. So the vase that you got from Sharmaji last year, may have actually been your gift to the Iyers few years back.
4) You are bursting crackers? What about the air around us?
Yes, what about the climate, the rain, the dust pollution and the global warming. If you have friends who are hard core environmentalists you will get to hear every reason why bursting crackers is a strict ‘No’, ‘No’! You may even get the “Don’t you dare light up a cracker, because then I’ll have to kill you” look.
Did we say how much we believe in clean and green Diwali?
5) Diwali hai to Mithai banta hai
Yes, Diwali is incomplete without sweets. So you will find every person giving you an excuse why it’s their birthright to eat sweets during Diwali. You will also find sweets as the top item for gifting (Now, here’s hoping you haven’t been re-gifted the sweets too!)
If you have any other common Diwali reactions you hear every year, do let us know in the comments below.
Here’s wishing you a sweet and delicious Happy Diwali!
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