Diwali in Indore is so different from Diwali in Bangalore.
In Bangalore, cushioned in our multicultural, metro environment, Diwali is just another holiday, another reason to party & shop. Maybe we have a small pooja at home, or go to the temple. Put up a few candles or diyas infront of the flat. Just maybe, make some sweets at home. And enjoy with friends. Or just chill infront of the TV.
In Indore, preperations for the festivities began a long long time ago. Everyone and their neighbour undertook a major spring cleaning session. Thella walas with Rangoli, diyas and flower garlands started doing the rounds of the colony.
On Dhanteras, the markets were flooding with people buying gold and utensils. Serial lights were put up on almost every house and building. You could hear the occasional firecracker.
On the second day, Narak Choudas, people started the ‘ritual’ of bursting crackers at mid night sharp. Some neighbours burst crackers at 5 am, after their pooja. ANd lazy city slickers like me moaned and tried to shut out the noise.