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Splurge like a queen at Maharani Premium Lifestyle Exhibition as the shop stop returns with its pre-Diwali edition. You can start stocking up for the festive week with diyas, dresses and decorative items for the home. The display is on till today at Haldiram Banquets in Ballygunge (opposite CC&FC), between 11am and 8pm. Here are t2’s top picks from the fair:

We found these pretty floating candles and crystal flowers at Rajshree Creations. “You can also place these on a rangoli decoration on the floor,” said stall-owner Rajshree Saraff, who specialises in bandhanwars (door-hangings). This was her first exhibition in Calcutta but judging by her smile, sales were going pretty well. The flower candles cost Rs 45 each and the crystal flowers come in sets of six for Rs 120.

You can carry this velvet-and-zari envelope like a small clutch, teaming with your sari, ghagra or kurti. The maroon-and-gold detailing makes it look so dressy and festive. You can also use it to slip in some cash for your loved ones. The envelope is also available in shades of green, pink and gold, at Bella Moi for Rs 200 each.

This pink-and-cream leather shoulder bag has just the right amount of colour to brighten up a dull day or dull outfit. You can buy it for Diwali as an excuse but use it all the year round with western outfits. The bag is priced Rs 2,800 at Natasha Bag Street.

Hang these pretty lantern candles on your window or balcony. “These aroma candles come in orange and lavender scents,” said stall-owner Nilesh Agarwal, who was managing the stall with wife Neha. Available at Next to Nature, New Alipore, each candle is priced Rs 250.

Diwali can’t be complete without diyas and we found this prearranged set of nine diyas decorated with pearls and sequins at Teflon’s Creations. Arrange them on a small table or near the entrance of your house to welcome guests. The set of nine diyas comes for Rs 110.

These multicoloured slippers with jute braids and pompoms will add an ethnic touch to your Diwali outfit. Available in different colours and styles, this pair is priced Rs 1,500 at Ladies Fashion Footwear, based in Mumbai.

Text: Neha Banka
Pictures by Arnab Mondal