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.
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.
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.