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Sunday, 04 November 2018 | Sunday PIONEER

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Pooja Thali

No less than a work of art, Arttd'inox’s stainless steel puja thali sets are beautifully crafted  with intricate artwork that will call out the devout in you. Priced at Rs 2,180 for small etching puja thali and Rs 2,965 for large thali, these thalis will compliment and add charm to your home decor and is also a great   gift to give to your loved ones.

Coin it

Gem Selections, India’s leading Gemstones brand, has launched #ChangeTheTradition campaign which aims at changing the Diwali tradition of gifting high calorie sweets and chocolates to family and friends into something more meaningful by gifting authentic silver coins.  Gem Selections has launched hallmarked silver coins gifts this Diwali. Customers can also save money by being a part of the #ChangeTheTradition campaign and avail Gem Selections gift vouchers that are available on Khannagems.com. The cost of silver coin for 10gm is Rs 550, for 20gm is Rs 1,100, for 50gm is Rs 2,750 and for 100gm is Rs 5,500.

Diyas

The idea of a diya that continues to burn and can be used even with the fan on is one with eternal appeal. Borosil has launched new diya designs while keeping the core essence of ‘beauty with performance’ intact. Their Dhanlaxmi Diya is a large diya with Goddess Laxmi and two enlarged elephant engraved besides her, crafted in high-quality in brass. This diya is the perfect way to welcome Goddess Laxmi into your home. The borosilicate glass chimney stays crystal clear even after hours of burning. 

Its bestselling design Akhand Diya is priced at Rs 279 onwards whereas Shubh Diya, made of brass with beautiful golden lotus, is priced at Rs 545 onwards.

The auspicious time

This Diwali, make your loved one feel special by gifting them a handcrafted bespoke watch with Ganesha figurine from Jaipur Watch Company. The watch has ETA automatic movement, the Lord Ganesha minuscule statue in 22K gold and the circumference of the dial is embedded with 1.6-carat diamonds.

Its Ganesha White Gold watch is made with 18 carats white gold, with a special embossed white gold dial depicting Lord Ganesha Figurine. Runs on Swiss Eta 2824 automatic movement, encrusted with 1.4 Carat Diamonds. It also has sapphire crystal and handmade leather strap of 42 mm size. Priced at Rs 1.5 lakh, the JWC watches are available for sale at stores in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Mohali.

Pamper with a hamper

Gift your loved ones luxury hampers with a perfect assortment of flavours, culture and gourmet. Create a luxurious, personalised hamper with your favourite gourmet, homemade delicacies, goodies and essentials for Diwali.  Pullman Hotel at Aerocity, New Delhi, offers a wide range of hampers starting from Rs 1500 plus taxes at its Cafe Pluck.

The hi-end hamper that costs Rs 10,500 plus taxes includes tea deli By Pullman, connoisseur’s box of six teas, homemade chocolates, flavoured chocolates, flavoured honey, assorted nuts, Glenfiddich 12 YO, door hanging and scented candles. The hampers range from Pullman Classic Hamper to Happiness Overloaded and Pullman Box of Joy among others. Further, these can even be customised for a personal touch.

Foodhall, the premium food and lifestyle superstore, offers an exciting range of customised hampers starting from Rs 1800 onwards. Its hi-end hamper —Hall Of Fame is an assortment will guarantee a unique dining experience.

It includes pink peppercorn & chieves, cream cheese, sicilian sweet olives, red ginger & saffron candle, trio of citrus jam, truffle cheese, castello camembert, truffle mustard, fresh mixed berries, lindt swiss thins and chandon rose sparkling wine.

Priced at Rs 11,000.

Pinch of salt

The magnificent collection of candle stands by Frazer and Haws is crafted in silver are available in various styles which will help you to light up your home, gives a great ambiance to you and your guests coming home this Season. Priced at Rs 5,000 onwards.

Celebrate Diwali with this Himalayan salt lamps from Salt World that will spread a lot of positivity and will add charm to your interiors too. It is believed that natural Himalayan salt lamps have the ability to absorb moisture and has the ability to trap indoor air pollutants including allergens, mold and bacteria thereby easing symptoms of asthma and allergies. It balance the harmful positive ions emitted from electronic gadgets and devices and reduces radiation and airborne infections in your house. The warm pink glow from the lamp has a soothing and calming effect on a person. When placed in a room, it helps to relax the body, improves mood and is said to promote sleep too.

The cost of this lamp is Rs 1,800 and above, depending upon the size of the lamp.

Idols

The Anyque is a go-to store at Select Citywalk, Saket for premium brands like  Exclusively Yours, Arttd’inox, Beliram’s, IK Silver, Cavalry Lane, Elvy, Mudita Mull and many more. The store has come up with a new series of Lakshmi -amesh idols made of silver. This one-stop shop  has uniquely curated handpicked product offerings ranging from silver, silver plated products to ceramic, bone china, metal and much more.

Priced at Rs 42,800.

Celeb Talk

Follow old tradition

The best way to celebrate Diwali is with family and close friends. I was never fond of crackers. As a kid also, I use to burst them more as a formality and under moral pressure because all my cousins and friends use to do it. But I stopped bursting crackers long time ago. Now, I feel we should just not burst any crackers to prevent environment from pollution. There are so many rituals and activities that we do traditionally during Diwali and this, we should celebrate in that particular manner and pass on the rich legacy to the next generation. Like spending time with family and friends, make rangoli, sharing sweets and much more. The city looks so vibrant and positive and I think we should try and maintain it that way.

— Actor Shreyas Talpade

‘Celebrate responsibly’

Diwali is a festival that signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. However, in the recent years, extravagant celebrations have not only put a great strain on the environment, but have also put people’s health at risk. It’s time we celebrated Diwali responsibly and with minimal environmental consequence. Take the community children for a walk in the neigbourhood and collect dry leaves, grass and twigs. Celebrate the festival of lights by lighting a bonfire on the terrace or in an open space and serve homemade sweets and sharbet.

You could also opt for eco-friendly crackers that are made from recycled paper. The noise produced by these crackers is also within the decibel limits. Substitute candles and electric diyas with the good old oil diyas that are bio-degradable, cost effective, traditional and very beautiful.

 — Actor Aamna Sharif

Revisit Ramayan

A beautiful way to celebrate Diwali is to get together and read verses from the Ramayan on the return of Rama from Ayodhya which is primarily why Diwali is celebrated in most parts of India. Helping in making shakkarparas, chakli, chewda, laddoos and other sweet and savory items. Drawing beautiful rangolis and spending time with family or playing board games at home.

— Singer Shalmali Kholgade

‘Spread light’

My idea of Diwali has never been about bursting crackers. When we were kids, we were encouraged  to celebrate Diwali as a true Festival of Lights with diyas, flowers and other things. I love the idea of floating candles & using lights that use minimal electricity to keep the home bright. I was also born on Diwali, so it has always been a special occasion in my family and friends. We celebrate Diwali by eating lip-smacking food, playing cards & dressing traditional attire.

— Actor Dipannita Sharma

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