Lens view: Diwali shopping spree in New Delhi

Despite financial uncertainty and job losses due to Covid-19 pandemic, Delhites crowded their favourite shopping places for Diwali.

Lens view: Diwali shopping spree in New Delhi
Select City Mall Saket is fully decked up on the occasion of Diwali in New Delhi on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Delhites are know for flaunting themselves and would love to spend little more than in comparison to their friends and relatives settled in other metros of India. Delhi being the National Capital  is primarily multicultural, multilingual, multireligious society. So you can find festivity mood round the year be it Christmas, Holi, Diwali, Eid or Guruparva, markets are crowded with shoppers.

Diwali decoration at Select City Mall Saket in New Delhi on Nov 3, 2021. Video: Rajeev Bhatt
Artisans making eco-friendly diyas for Diwali in New Delhi. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Diya-making is facing a bleak future due to lack of interest in the craft. The reason for the disinterest is the business yields only during festivities. “Some of us, who are still practicing the craft are doing so only to keep the hereditary art-form alive. But one cannot make both ends meet in this profession,” said Ramashray who along with his young children are managing a small temporary  shop  of earthen lamps on the pavements  of Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi.

Sarojini Nagar and Karol bagh are two crowded markets which flouted all the norms of Covid Prevention Guidelines. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

The price of a colored lamp ranges from INR 10 to 50 while the cost of a traditional diya varies from INR 2 to INR 10.

As Diwali is closing by the streets of Sarojini Nagar is crowded more than it is on an ordinary day. With diyas (A small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay). being an important part of the festival, people flood to this part of the capital city. Also Sarojini Nagar market is famous for clothes, décors and backpacks.

Artisans making eco-friendly diyas for Diwali in New Delhi.