I am so this time I have pulled out an ancient cut out I had from the Savvy magazine.
Diwali is basically a family time for togetherness and not an emotional and physical roller coaster happening. There are somethings one can do,
- Finish your clothes shopping and do whatever alternations that need to be done.
- Plan the diwali cleaning well ahead. Check out the lamps, akashdeep, and other lighting.
- Leave cooking behind – sounds great doesn’t it , but does not sound very traditional. What works for me, is I have a menu in place and shop, maybe cheat on small things like picking up cut veggies from the market or Nestle’s dehydrated coconut milk. I know some friends who get the mitai made by the Halwai. But once we have planned our menu things go fine.
- If you are getting your mitai done by the halwai then place the order well in advance.
- If you are into the tradition of travelling to the family home or for a family reunion ensure that your tickets are booked. Pack ahead so that your clothes and jewellery are in place for the events.
- You may need to pack some sweets to be shared there too.
- If you are having guest over then invite them well in advance and have an RSVP. In place.
- Check out stock of crockery, chairs, cold drinks and take away boxes for guests who come calling with sweets. Since everyone is busy with Ladoo and farsan I tend to make some bakery stuff just to break the monotony.