From re­cy­cling gifts to gate-crash­ing a Di­wali party, here is a list of thing you should avoid to hap­pily cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val of light

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Abhinav Verma abhinav.verma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ladies and gentle­men, it’s that time of the year when your dis­tant fam­ily cousins be­come your best friends; and noth­ing holds you back from de­vour­ing desi ghee ladoos. How­ever, there are cer­tain things peo­ple do dur­ing Di­wali which ex­as­per­ate us to the point of ex­plod­ing. Here’s what to avoid to en­joy the fes­ti­val in its true spirit.

Re­cy­cling gifts: We all play merry-go-round when it comes to gift­ing. Think how you will feel when you get back the same set of cut­lery that you your­self gifted your lovely neigh­bour. If you have to re­cy­cle, don’t get caught. At least, re­move the name tag and change the pack­ag­ing.

The text mes­sage flood:

“May Di­wali bring you hap­pi­ness and pros­per­ity”. Yup, we get the mean­ing of this text mes­sage but can you get more bor­ing than this? Call your loved ones as calls al­ways have a per­sonal touch. Oh, by the way, when you for­ward that mes­sage, don’t for­get to re­move the name of the per­son who orig­i­nally sent it to you.

Gate-crash­ing: Who doesn’t love gate crash­ing? The kebabs and free-flow­ing wine make it ir­re­sistible. How­ever, don’t be that guy who tags along and shame­lessly eats all the bur­fis. This time, make

your­self avail­able for the par­ties you were ac­tu­ally in­vited for.

Home­made casino:

This is the sea­son when your home turns into your per­sonal casino. How­ever, there is al­ways that one per­son who bets big at the card party and ends up los­ing all. Don’t be that guy who cribs all night about los­ing big, in­stead stay away from cards. Also, if you are at a house party, re­mem­ber no­body likes a tipsy guest.

All that gold is not glit­ter

While we love to dress up, don’t go over­board with bling, else you might end up merg­ing with the dec­o­ra­tions, and your fam­ily mem­bers will have a hard time rec­og­niz­ing you. They might just light you up like a siz­zling cracker.

The most an­noy­ing thing on Di­wali is the in­va­sion of pri­vacy. Guests show up unan­nounced at your house and you’re not even dressed prop­erly to re­ceive them

Sunil Sethi, pres­i­dent, FDCI Ev­ery time you go to a party, there is al­ways that one per­son who stuffs food in your mouth. Cel­e­bra­tion time doesn’t mean you should force feed peo­ple Nida Mah­mood, de­signer Peo­ple should stop tag­ging us in those over the top Face­book sta­tuses! Also, rather than re­cy­cling text mes­sages, just call and wish Man­ish Mehro­tra, chef I hate it when peo­ple force you to have a drink even when you in­sist that you don’t drink and drive Papa CJ, co­me­dian


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