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Sunday , November 3 , 2013
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All smiles for festival of lights


It promises to be bright and sunny. So, air your crackers and get ready for some fireworks! The evening is likely to be cool at 20 degrees Celsius — just right to enjoy the hint of a chill. “There is no weather system in the region drawing in moisture. So skies will be clear and there is no chance of rainfall on Diwali,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.


Firecrackers that emit sound louder than 90 decibel, measured 5 metres from the point of bursting, are banned. All sound crackers are barred after 10pm. No crackers are allowed in silence zones such as areas around hospitals.

Loudspeakers can be played from 6am to 10pm but the noise level must not exceed 65 decibel. After 10pm, microphones can be used only for emergency announcements.


A few helpline numbers where noise-norm violations can be reported:

Lalbazar: 100

DG control room: 22144031, 22145486

PCB: 23358212, 23353913 and toll- free 18003453390 (Complaints can be lodged between 5pm on November 3 and 4am on November 4)

Sabuj Mancha: 9230568902, 9830268902 (from Diwali afternoon to early Monday morning)

Fire department headquarters: 22861570

Fire department’s Behala control room: 24073535

Fire department’s Mohd Ali Park control room: 22414545


Watch towers, radio flying squads, a battery of 100 autorickshaws and an unmanned aerial vehicle will keep watch to ensure a safe and peaceful Diwali.

City police chief Surajit Kar Purkayastha has appealed to all Calcuttans to celebrate Diwali peacefully and abide by the law at all times.


Vehicles other than the ones used for Kali Puja immersion will be diverted on several roads from 4pm on November 3, 4 and 5.


Staying safe and healthy are absolute musts. Dermatologist and t2 columnist Sachin Varma shares a few tips:

• Wear loose clothing and avoid synthetic clothes

• Sport transparent glasses to protect your eyes from stray sparks

• Earplugs are a good idea for babies and pets as their eardrums are sensitive to noise

• Burst crackers in an open area; avoid any place with cars close by

• Don’t try to light crackers that don’t ignite at first attempt

• Keep a bucket of water handy while bursting crackers

• Keep an antiseptic cream handy, it’s a great remedy for small burns


Ditch the been-there-done-that silhouettes for something trendy yet timeless! Mix and match your short kurtis with dhoti pants, drop the lehenga skirts for sherara pants, churidars can also be replaced with structured cigarette pants.

Saris can be fun too — think statement prints, bright hues or even classic embroideries. Say bye to boring hues and hi to splashes of neon. We recommend yellow and pink. Keep the accessories traditional — nathnis and maangtikas are the recent fashion re-find. Super-sized jhumkas are sure to add some dazzle to your Diwali look and don’t forget your bindi and churis.

Men can opt for funky printed kurtas or keep it cool with captioned tees.


Diwali calls for some gaana bajana, adda and staying up all night! Arrange for a taash party at home. But before you call your friends over, do up the balcony with some toony lights or bundle up the lights into a ball and leave them in a corner of the sofa to light up the room.

Cards and poker chips are a must and so is the right poison. Try something new with syringe shots! It’s fun and innovative. If cards is not your game, play snakes and ladders with a twist. Every time you hit a snake on the board, gulp down a shot!

House parties are incomplete without desi music — Party all night, Tooh, Besharam and Tattad tattad are musts on your playlist!


Load up on dry snacks — kachori, samosa, dhokla and puri — dry fruits and sweets for your Diwali platter. “The more the variety of sweets, the merrier,” says Pooja Gupta, a model, whose Diwali dinner will include dal-bati-churma, matar pulao, dum aloo and chhola-bhatura.

Chitvan Jaipuria, director, CJ’s Events, suggests fusion fare. “We did potstickers, similar to dim sums. You can also try alcohol-induced starters. They are a great hit,” he said. Marzipan shaped into crackers are a kiddie delight.


Diwali and diet aren’t the best of friends. So, make friends with one and make up with the other later. Go traditional with chandrakala, kaju barfi, badaam barfi, laddoo and gulab jamun or gift chocolates or sandesh with a twist.

Tipple Tale

Liquor will flow again this Diwali. There are no curbs on bars, restaurants and booze shops on Sunday. But please don’t drink and drive.

larger than life

On the big screen, Hrithik Roshan swoops down as Krrish in the third film of the superhero franchise. Boasting Hollywood-style visual effects, the Rakesh Roshan film stars Priyanka Chopra as Hrithik’s lady love with Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut being the baddies. Krrish 3 is sure to be fun as a family show this festive weekend.

What new thing did you do this Diwali? Tell