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Reflecting The South-Asian Lifestyle

DIWALI 2020 EDITION

Diwali During A PANDEMIC

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Contributing Writers: Arun Wali Gurleen Kaur Bajwa Jaskirat Sahni Mrinalini Sundar Naina Grewal Shweta Kulkarni

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IN THIS ISSUE 06 Swara Bhasker: The Firebrand Actress

50 The Light in our Lives

14 Diwali during a Pandemic

56 A Guilt-free Indulgence

20 The Importance of Diwali

66 21 Recipes from 10 Famous Chefs

28 Celebrate Light this Diwali

109 Be the Light

32 The Many Histories of Diwali 39 A Sparkling New Look For Your Home 44 How to Embrace Diwali this Year

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112 Festive Fashion 118 The Six Yard Wonder 124 Kids Corner

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My dream will always be to keep entertaining my loving audience and play more characters that are remembered in the world of filmmaking.Ë®

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A self-confessed feminist, Swara has carved an impressive niche for herself in the Hindi film industry with her memorable and powerpacked characters — in both art-house and commercial movies. By Shweta Kulkarni

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napologetically fearless, the firebrand actress Swara Bhasker is no less of a phataka in reel life as well as real! While as a powerhouse performer, she has effortlessly walked from one diverse role to another on-screen, off-screen the gutsy gal never shieds away from speaking her mind when the need arises. Even if it means getting constantly subjected to trolls and haters on the internet. A self-confessed feminist, Swara has carved an impressive niche for herself in the Hindi film industry with her memorable and power-packed characters — in both art-house and commercial movies. From playing the unconventional friend – Payal to Kangana Ranaut’s character in the Tanu Weds Manu franchise to the determined household help Chanda of Nil Battey Sannata, who was willing to go to any length to educate her daughter… To the outspoken and

bold Sakshi of Veere Di Wedding, who seamlessly brought to the commercial screens the subject of women’s sexual desire, to portraying a smalltown dancer in Anaarkali of Aarah – Swara has portrayed each character unabashedly, giving the audience a glimpse of her versatility. Currently, gathering praises from all quarters for her recently released web-series – Flesh and Rasbhari, Swara is now all set to wow the audience yet again with another OTT serving - Bhaag Beanie Bhaag. As the festive season sets in, Darpan caught hold of the feisty actress amid her busy schedule to talk about the festival of lights, her fondest memories of Diwali, her journey to B-town and her upcoming projects. Excerpts from the interview:

The festival of lights is finally upon us, what is the significance of Diwali for you? Diwali's significance for me will always be a reminder that we can find light and happiness even in the darkest of times. The festival brings people together and there is always hope for a better future. Diwali is all about spending time with your family and loved ones, bingeing on delicacies, lighting up the house…

What do you like the most about the festival of lights? Diwali has always been such a special day for me and my family. More than anything, I think it is about making memories. The festivity, the food, the bonding and the joy Diwali brings, is something very close to my heart.

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important to me. But there have been exceptions to that because of my work schedule.

Do you have any special plans for Diwali this year? I will be celebrating Diwali with my parents this year.

So, what’s happening on the work front? I am finishing Bhaag Beanie Bhag for Netflix and waiting for Sheer Qorma to reach the audience.

Diwaliʼs significance for me will always be a reminder that we can find light and happiness even in the darkest of times. Diwali brings people together and there is always hope for a better future.” 8

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Like you mentioned, the festival of Diwali is about making memories, can you share your fondest memory of the festival? There are so many memories of Diwali that it is difficult to pick one over the other. But I think decorating the house every year with my family brings a strong sense of nostalgia for me.

How do you usually celebrate Diwali? I try to be with my parents every year. That is very

Apart from these exciting projects, we have even recently heard about the sequel to your 2018 hit Veere Di Wedding, can you tell us a bit more about the project? I think it would be superb if the sequel to Veere Di Wedding happens. I would love to be part of it. It is a very special film and a sequel to it would be as kickass as it the first one!

Speaking about kickass, there is a lot of buzz about your recent web-series Flesh and Rasbhari as well, what do you have to say about the response?


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How would you define your professional journey, from doing plays in Delhi to carving a remarkable niche for yourself in the entertainment industry? It has been fun and satisfying so far, but I have miles to go and so many more characters to explore. I have been very grateful that the audience has loved my work and that has only encouraged me to work harder and continue entertaining them as long as I can.

What has been the most defining moment of your career? I loved the response both Flesh and Rasbhari got! It goes on to say so much about the changing demand of the audience. They were two very different characters and I am very grateful to the audience for loving them and giving so much admiration!

Can you share a little bit about your upcoming show Bhaag Beanie Bhaag and elaborate on the character you play in the series? I play a stand-up comic in the show. There has never been a story on a female stand-

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up comic and it has a very interesting sketch to it. I am sure that the audience will love this new angle to a female stand-up comic life.

You made your web debut in 2016, and now you have more web projects lined up‌ Are you enjoying being on the OTT space? Absolutely! It's a new kind of storytelling and has a lot of new things to offer. It is challenging and exciting at the same time and it gives a great deal of satisfaction to an actor.

The most defining moment of my career was playing Anaarkali of Aarah.

As a creative person, what are your strongest and weakest points? My strongest point is being able to connect emotionally with every character I play and my weakest point is lack of discipline.

What was your perception of the entertainment industry when you started your career, and how has that


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Diwali has always been such a special day for me and my family. More than anything, I think it is about making memories.” does this speak of our industry?

perception changed over the years?

What are your future projects apart from Bhaag Beanie Bhaag and Sheer Qorma? Are there any other interesting projects that you have signed lately?

At the moment, I am waiting for Bhaag Beanie It has started changing in Bhaag and Sheer Qorma to the last few years but I think release and then there are a lot needs to be done. At some interesting projects least now people have been in the pipeline, which I will more vocal about it, stories announce soon. have become more realistic and characters now have You have already started depicting women established in a way that was not done yourself as a earlier. However, I do feel stellar actress, what is that a lot needs to be done. your dream now?

I have always looked at this industry like it is some kind of magical wonderland. With so many stories, with so many characters. My perception has not really changed. In fact, I have now become more smitten with the art of storytelling.

You have always been fearless and outspoken and have supported social issues, but has it ever caused you any trouble, especially professionally?

Of late, we have seen several women-centric movies and shows taking centre stage… what

I don't look at it as trouble. Yes, there have been certain objections but everyone has the right to speak their mind. It hasn't affected my

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projects and choices at all and it will never in future as well.

My dream will always be to keep entertaining my loving audience and play more characters that are remembered in the world of filmmaking. Well, we certainly would love that! Here’s more power to this fine actress, who is no less of a phataka on-screen and off-screen. Happy Diwali!


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Diwali this year from home. Though Diwali is that time of the year when all of the family comes together, this year the only way to celebrate it is by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and not assemble in larger groups. We wish you a happy and safe Diwali with virtual parties, lots of sweets, and savories, plus unlimited fun!

Every year, we advocate taking a step towards being green. For all special occasions - be it birthdays, anniversaries, or just any festival, how about buying a plant or planting a tree? This way you are building your own garden or nursery (buy your favourite plants). When the weather permits, also plant a tree that will be special and can be a special gift for every birthday. This could easily be the best way to go green.

Send Diwali cards Go back to the days when there were no cell phones or Internet. Old fashioned can never go out of trend - especially the ones that you make yourself. Design a handmade card and send one to your near and dear ones, for something more polished, you could take a picture of your family in festive wear and send a lovely photo card.


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so they don't get stolen. You could also wait for them outside their house, while they open it and tell you how much they love the gift. Well, this year is all about exploring innovative ways of living life.

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Decorate your car withgarlands, pathaka stickers,and anything quirky andfun. Driveby your friend'splace and wish them fromthe safety of your car.

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Go all out with the lamps and lights. Light as many lamps as you can, make your house pretty and keep up with the festive vibe in the safest manner possible. Let the lamps get all the positivity you want in your house. You could also get the plain diyas and paint them with the little ones at home. Light them in the interiors as well as the exteriors (depending on the climate) for those positive vibes all across the house.

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he Festival of Lights, commonly known as Diwali or Deepavali in India and in countries all over the world, is the most important festival for Indians. The celebrations signify triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity and light over darkness. A significant religious festival in Indian culture, Diwali sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world on this day every autumn. Diwali is also celebrated in a big way by the diaspora in Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand, New Zealand, Tanzania, South Africa, Netherlands, Canada, and Ireland.


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Apart from India, countries having an official holiday for Diwali are Fiji, Guyana, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Diwali holds significance not only for Hindus but also for followers of Sikhism and Jainism. Sikhs celebrate it as Bandi Chhor Divas (Prisoner Release Day) to

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commemorate the release of their sixth guru, Guru Hargobind along with 52 Rajput princes from Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s custody. Celebrations include lighting of candles at

gurdwaras, singing shabads (sacred songs) in praise of the Guru, langar (free meal served to visitors at community kitchens in gurdwaras), and bursting of fireworks. Jains celebrate it as the day when the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahavira, attained Moksha, that is, liberation of the soul. Lord Mahavira attained Moksha at Pawapuri in the Nalanda district of Bihar at the dawn of the Amavasya (new moon). The presence of many Gods on the occasion illuminated the darkness. The following night was pitch-black, so people light up their houses to symbolically keep the light of their Master’s knowledge alive. The five-day Festival of Lights coincides with the Hindu New Year. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day festivities.


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Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day festivities. The second day is celebrated as the main day of Diwali in parts of South India as it is said that the demon Narakasura was killed on this day.

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It is an auspicious and lucky day for buying expensive goods, also a day to offer charity. The second day is celebrated as the main day of Diwali in parts of South India as it is said that the demon Narakasura was killed on this day. Most parts of India celebrate Diwali on

the third day. The fourth day, first day of the New Year in the Hindu calendar, is known as Goverdhan Puja. On this day Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to shelter villagers from torrential rains. As a tribute, food is prepared for distribution. Bhai Dooj, on the fifth and last day, celebrates strengthening of ties between brothers and sisters. Welcoming Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, many Indians decorate their homes with diyas (small clay lamps) or


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Welcoming Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, people decorate their homes with diyas and draw colourfully designed rangolis in their courtyards.

candles, draw colourfully designed rangolis in their courtyards, make sweet dishes and other tempting foods to offer and exchange with the family and guests. Gujaratis consider it the ideal time to make new investments in commerce and real estate or launch a new business venture. In Maharashtra, people begin Diwali festivities by worshipping a cow and its calf to celebrate the bond of motherhood.

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Light

Diwali During Diwali, people light many candles, fireworks and lanterns to spread the feeling of joy they get when they celebrate the happy festivities of the occasion.

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iwali is most commonly known as “The Festival of Lights” by people all across the globe, yet often the reasoning behind the significance of lights at this time of year is unknown by many. Various cultures and religions come together to celebrate this auspicious festival in their own unique ways, but the use of light is common to all, as it is considered to be a way to eradicate the world of darkness and despair. Let us now embark on a cultural journey, where Diwali serves a

different purpose and reason to celebrate this light festival. In the Sikh religion, Diwali marks the day the religion’s sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji, and 52 other kings were released from prison. Guru Hargobind Ji was able to devise a clever scheme in which all 52 kings could grab hold of his cloak, in order to be freed, as ordered by the emperor who had imprisoned them. Once Sikhs learned of the incredible feat, the Golden Temple was lit up with many lights and candles to welcome them back, and that soon turned into a tradition still celebrated today. Each year, not just the Golden Temple is decorated in lights, but Sikh temples around the world do their part to bring in extra light on Diwali, and remember the auspicious day which signified freedom back in the year 1619. In the Hindu religion, Diwali surprisingly has more than just one purpose for celebrating it. In West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh, for instance, those who are avid worshippers of the goddess Durga celebrate Diwali as a way of welcoming Maa Kali, which is the goddess’ avatar. These festivities continue for three days, and people bring sculptures of the goddess Durga to their homes and nearby temples, where offerings of flowers, sweets, food and sacrificed animals are made. In West Bengal, these prayers and offerings are often made at night


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in cremation grounds, and run until dawn. A huge population of Indians use Diwali as a time to celebrate the goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth. In order to receive her blessings, along with good health and wealth for the year, families work hard to clean and decorate their homes in preparation for her arrival. Family and friends like to get together on the evening of Diwali, so that they can open their homes and light candles

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or ‘diyas’, waiting for the goddess to arrive. Sweets are exchanged amongst families, and once prayers are offered, fireworks light up the night skies in every neighbourhood. Constellations and stars also have a significance in determining the timing of the Lakshmi Puja, so people look out for constellations such as Libra that night, which symbolizes balance and stability. In Trinidad, Diwali is celebrated for the longest

time – nine days! Since many Indians were forced to become slaves and move to Trinidad in the 19th century, Diwali marks a time they celebrate their independence and freedom. Diwali has also been turned into a national holiday in Trinidad, and is known as ‘Divali’, the celebration of good winning over evil, and spiritual darkness being eradicated. Thus, it is celebrated in nearly every household, and not just as a religious holiday. When we think of light, we automatically think of its brightness, and how it brings a sense of joy or comfort which makes us happy. Similarly, during Diwali, people light many candles, fireworks and lanterns to spread the feeling of joy they get when they celebrate the happy festivities of the occasion. As this tradition continues, take time to spend it with loved ones and also remember the deep historic roots which encourage us to bring more light into our world on this special day.


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The ManyHistories of

Diwali is centered on a very fundamental concept of the victory of good over evil.

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iwali, annually falling between mid-October to mid-November, is celebrated in many ways and by millions of people from all walks of life. It has its roots in drastically broad cultural and religious values.

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whom symbolize the victory of good over evil. Diwali, or more commonly called Bandi Chhor Divas in Sikhism, is celebrated for similar circumstances as Diwali for Hinduism. The day marks the release of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, from the Gwalior Fort prison, along

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with 52 other newly freed kings, by the Mughal emperor Jahangir. However, what many may not know is that the importance of Diwali for Sikhism actually goes further back. The third guru, Guru Amar Das Ji, had built a well in Goindwal with 84 steps, a famous place of pilgrimage even now, and invited Sikhs to bathe there on Vaisakhi and Diwali. Moreover, Diwali also relates to two other key events in Sikh history; it is the day of the founding of the city of Amritsar, and Bhai Mani Singh’s martyrdom was brought on by a failure to pay a fine imposed in 1738 for celebrating Diwali, and his refusal to convert to Islam. Sikhism and Hinduism host perhaps the more prominent and well-known forms of celebration associated with Diwali. However, both Buddhism and Jainism also


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Diwali has another, more westernized definition as well; the Festival of Lights, which aptly captures the hope and goodwill attached to the many interpretations. Additionally, despite these different interpretations, Diwali is centered on a very fundamental concept of the victory of good over evil. There is a common theme of righteousness and of overcoming the darkness in whatever form it might take in our lives. Diwali helps remind those who celebrate it, that despite their differences, they share a respect for a strong moral code, that resonates across cultures.

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Spruce Up The Walls The easiest way to bring a brilliant burst of freshness to your home spaces is by jazzing up your walls. Either give your washed-out walls a whole new look with a bright new coat of paint or opt for decorative wallpapers that will add to the celebration mood. It’s the oldest trick in the book that can help you transform your home instantly. Choose cheerful colour themes or textures as they go perfectly well with the festive vibe. Alternatively, you can even discard your

old wall decorations and deck up the walls with a fancy new décor to ensure a complete makeover. Bring down the old paintings and artefacts and replace them with contemporary art-pieces or simply add a personal touch by decorating your walls with family photographs.

It is not always feasible to splurge on new furniture to change the appearance of your home, but it is possible to turn your old furniture from boring to fab with simple innovative ideas that ensure the feeling of newness. You can either style the old furniture with stencils, refinish it to give a brand-new look, paint or stain it, or simply use a slipcover to revamp your furniture and change the whole feel of your house. The Internet is loaded with plenty of DIY solutions to enliven your old furniture this festive season.

Brighten Up The Ceiling While re-doing the house, one often tends to forget about the fifth wall of our house – The ceiling. You will simply be amazed as to how your house can suddenly feel brand new with just a pop of colour on the ceiling. Hence a simple and budget-friendly way to ensure that your house breathes freshness this festive season is by pepping

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Change Light Fixtures Replacing your old light fixtures with new ones can improve the look and feel of any room. If you don’t wish to invest in new fixtures, you can even simply swap light fixtures from one room with another and still achieve your home makeover goal for Diwali. You can even revamp your old light fixtures by just replacing the cover. Replacing a light fixture is easy, quick and can instantly update your home.

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The simplest and budget-friendly way to change the appearance of your cookhouse is to replace the knobs and pulls on drawers and cabinets. change the appearance of your cookhouse is to replace the knobs and pulls on drawers and cabinets. You will be surprised to witness how a small change like such can drastically change the overall look of one of your favourite spaces of the house.

The one space in your house that is used the most during Diwali is your dining area. And the good news is you can easily add a dash of newness to this space with a few simple changes. Buy new table runners or you can easily make some new ones from old sarees and left-over fabrics that have highlights of gold. You can further give a festive upgrade to your dining space by using candle stands, table mats, adding new lights or simply by buying new crockery. So, all you need to do is a few amendments here and there, and your house shall be festive ready.


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he festival of lights aka Diwali aka one of the most celebrated festivals in India is fast approaching. But 2020 has put a full stop on all the celebrations, and so we have to come up with new ways to enjoy the festivities. If one was to go by the mythological texts then Diwali is all about good taking over the bad, and with that hope we will be embracing the festivities this year, albeit a little differently. Here are a few steps I hope to follow for the upcoming Diwali, and enjoy this time with my family. Read on..

Go virtual: Zoom has become the one-point-solution to all communication issues. But this year Zoom will also be useful for all sorts of virtual events. So sit back, relax, and watch some family friendly shows such as Virtual Diwali, Family Day, Friends Of India Diwali Celebrations, Diwali London, and the mega Times Square events is also said to have an online version of the event. Several other events will also be streamed live on Facebook, etc so the day can look quite busy. Do make a list of these shows and don’t miss out the fun on the big day.


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This year is all about sanitizing and cleaning up. But Diwali is also that time of the year when the house gets a makeover and major cleanup and face lift. Bring the sanitizers in, clean the house, get rid of what you don’t need, decorate the space, and give the house a new feel and look. While at it, make sure you also indulge in organising and categorizing the house. This way you are not just bringing in positive vibes to your house and your mind alike.

Crackerless festivities: The need of the hour is for everyone to indulge in self-care. Mental health is of utmost importance to everyone at this point of time, anything to relieve stress or anxiety is a gift that you can present yourself this Diwali.

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Self-care is primary: This year has been very difficult for everyone courtesy COVID-9.The need of the hour is for everyone to indulge in self-care. Mental health is of utmost importance to everyone at this point of time, anything to relieve stress or anxiety is a gift that you can present yourself this Diwali. A self-care package from any of the top brands that includes lotions, bath products, creams, hair creams and products can be very useful. Another idea is to draw yourself a relaxing bath, light the candles, and wish you a Happy Diwali.

For the past several years, the use of crackers has gradually reduced. With people getting aware about child labour and the chemical and environmental harm that the crackers do has been the major cause for the reduction in crackers. But this year, the use of crackers is going to be in its minimum. So what is the alternative? Well, that's why we are here to help. Try procuring glow sticks, colourful balloon firecrackers which are harmless and can be a tad noisy for your liking. You can also get paper popper which are easy to make and is fun for kids. If the kids want something noisier, then get them a vuvuzela which makes a loud sound and is a good alternative for the chemical


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Buy local: This year the best way to embrace any festival for that matter is by supporting local businesses. From shopping your lehenga, kurta, or children's clothes, make sure you buy them from the Indian handicraft store that hardly sees any customer these days. For all the return gifts that you generally give you’re closed one, head over to that artist who makes handmade goodies. If you are feeling lazy to make mithai at home, that's alright, too.

Diwali is a time when you can indulge in sweets and nobody will judge you for those extra holiday kilos. Gobble up as many rasgoolas, gulab jamuns, and kaju katlis as you want, for this is Diwali. Either get your mithai ke dabbe from a store, or experiment this year by making these sweets at home. Our favourite however are the moti choor ke laddo that can never be too many of them. We also plan to take it a step further and try making some delicacies such as shahi tukda and modak. Make this Diwali extra special and pack the sweets for your loved ones in a fancy box. Now you and your family have truly embraced Diwali. While you can be bummed about this year and its festivities going downhill, we believe it is all about living in the moment and embracing everything that comes our way. Happy Diwali, give your family member a hug and enjoy the season of lights with a smile.


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Playing board games with friends, singing in a choir, babysitting your neighbour’s kids while they go out to celebrate, and helping siblings with a rangoli are all examples of connection through activities that promote social engagement in the name of the festive spirit. ones act as a vacuum to take everything out from your head and put it into words. These conversations help people share their experiences with one another and creates a safe space for discussing ideas and issues. Moreover, time spent with others often exposes one to different schools of thoughts, culture, traditions and beliefs, which further develops empathy

and tolerance. Being part of such a group can tackle depression, decrease anxiety and stress, combat loneliness and enhance one’s selfperception. In fact, studies show that those with social support from family, friends and coworkers have better health. Note that not all connections come from intense relationships or family gatherings.

Socializing at a work or school Diwali event or even wishing the restaurant waiter ‘Happy Diwali’ is sometimes enough to lift your spirits. This is because we value finding similarities with others, even if they may be different from us. Festivals bring together people from all backgrounds and cultures. Commonalities spark connection and thus a sense of belonging. Playing board games with friends, singing in a choir, babysitting your neighbour’s kids while they go out to celebrate, and helping siblings with a rangoli are all examples of connection through activities that promote social engagement in the name of the festive spirit. Of course, in the age of social media, the parameters of human connection have drastically been redefined. A very proactive friend on social media, liking all your posts, may totally avoid

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This Diwali, let us celebrate each other and the light we illuminate through our connections within the global village. greeting you in person. This creates grey area surrounding the subject of whether digital connection truly qualifies. While a Diwali text or e-card can revive lost connections, a warm hug can make all the difference. However, introduction of video chatting technologies creates an interesting bridge between the offline and online worlds, often posing as the solution to maintaining connection when distance is the problem. Especially for those who are far from home – in particular, students –

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video calls are the perfect way to partake in the celebrations overseas. Surely, everyone has their own frequency when it comes to the level of social connection that is required to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but social connection is vital to survival for all. Interestingly, a theory called The Six Degrees of Separation suggests that we are all just six, or fewer, connections away from each other. In other words, you

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he festival of lights, love, laughter and FOOD is finally here — which also means it is time for our tummies to get loaded with some extra calories. Irrespective of how particular we are about our fitness regime and diet; it is simply impossible to resist the scrumptious festive feast during Diwali celebrations. The fragrance of ghee laden sweets and fried snacks gets to the best of us, and we often tend to overeat, completely throwing our health and fitness goals off the track.

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Practice Portion Control : If you wish to relish all the festive treats sans feeling guilty and getting too worked up about your calorie intake — portion control is the key. Since most of the Diwali delicacies have a high content of monosaturated fats, sodium and sugar, it is best to strictly stick to smaller portions. So instead of wolfing down one whole ladoo, break it into half and

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then mindfully enjoy it, relishing every single bite. When you are mindful of everything you consume, not only do you enjoy the food thoroughly but don’t tend to overeat either. Another way to practice portion control is to take a small plate instead of a bigger one, this will consciously help you take smaller portions of what you really want. Most importantly, keep

Bingeing aside, it is also important to nourish your body with all the essential nutrients that it needs daily, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic where keeping your immunity up-todate is paramount. During this festive season, make an effort to at least have two healthy meals that will provide all the necessary proteins, fibres, carbs, vitamins and good fats. Perhaps you can start your day with a healthy meal before you began your indulgence for the day. Furthermore, don’t forget to have a portion of salad before digging into your festive meals. This will help reduce your fried food cravings. Keep in mind, while you binge, your body needs proper nutrition to stay healthy.


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When you are indulging throughout the day it is essential to dedicate at least 20-30 minutes daily to exercise, particularly cardio workouts which will help burn the extra calories.

Stay Hydrated: This is one healthy practice that one should follow not just during the festive period but every single day. Keeping your body hydrated is vital as water helps flush out toxins from the body and also aid with the digestion process. Health experts say that potassium and other minerals in water can help keep a check on your blood pressure level that might get impacted due to all the fried and salty food that is consumed during the festive celebrations. Drinking a glass of water after every alcoholic drink also prevents dehydration, hangovers, nausea and indigestion.

Practice Intermittent Fasting: One sure shot way to minimize the harm of all the festive bingeing is to practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is an ideal detox you need after consuming fried food, sweets and alcohol. Practicing intermittent fasting also generally reduce your calorie intake and boosts your metabolism. Try to binge all that you want during the day and avoid high-calorie intake after 8 pm.

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Aloo Nazakat

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By Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Ingredients • 4 large potatoes

Preparation

• Peel and scoop out the • 2 tbsps oil + for deep-frying insides of the potatoes leaving a shell all around. • 3 tsps ginger-garlic paste Chop the scooped out portion and set aside. Heat • Salt to taste plenty of oil in a kadai and • 1 cup yogurt, whisked deep-fry the potato shells till • ½ tsp black salt cooked and the outer surface • 1 tsp garam masala powder turns golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. • 1 tsp red chilli powder • Heat the oil in a non-stick • 3 tbsps roasted split pan and add one teaspoon Bengal gram, powdered of the ginger-garlic paste. Add the chopped potatoes • 3 tbsps chopped and salt and cook over fresh coriander medium heat for five to six • 2 tbsps mustard oil minutes. • ½ cup grated cottage • For the marinade, put the cheese (paneer) yogurt into a bowl; add salt, • 2 tsps chaat masala black salt, garam masala powder, chilli powder, roasted • 2 green chillies, chopped Bengal gram powder, two • 2 small fried urad dal tablespoons of the fresh papads, crushed coriander, the remaining ginger-garlic paste and mix well. Add the mustard oil and mix again. Set aside.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Sanjeev Kapoor is the go-to chef for everything. Not surprising then that he figured in the Reader’s Digest list of 100 of India’s Most Trusted people. His easy demeanour, cheerful commentary and simple instructions make the most seemingly difficult dishes look easy to prepare. His popularity and contribution to Indian cuisine is such that the Government of India conferred on him the National award of “Best Chef of India.” • For the stuffing, put the cottage cheese into a bowl. Add salt, chaat masala, remaining fresh coriander, green chillies, cooked potatoes and crushed fried papad. Mix well. • Stuff the potato shells generously with the cottage cheese mixture. Put the stuffed potatoes into the yogurt marinade and mix well with a light hand. Leave to marinate for about thirty minutes. • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Grease a baking tray. • Arrange the stuffed potatoes on the baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.


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Ingredients

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Recipes

• 1 inch cinnamon stick • 1 medium onion, sliced • 8 garlic cloves, chopped For spinach covering: • 1 inch piece ginger, • 2 small bunches (500 grams) chopped fresh spinach leaves, blanched, • 1 tsp turmeric powder drained and pureed • 5 medium tomatoes, halved • 2 tbsps butter • ½ tbsp red chilli powder • 1 tbsp caraway seeds • Salt to taste • 5 garlic cloves, chopped • 1/3 cup butter • 1 inch ginger piece, chopped • ¼ cup broken cashewnuts • 2 tsps green chilli paste • 1½ tbsps dried fenugreek • 1 tsp cardamom powder leaves (kasoori methi) • 1 tsp coriander powder • ½ tbsp green cardamom • 3 tbsps cashewnut powder powder • Salt to taste • 8 tbsps roasted chana powder • 1 tsp honey • Cornflour for dusting

For kofta : • ½ cup grated cottage cheese (paneer) • ¼ tbsp green cardamom powder • ¼ tbsp white pepper powder • Salt to taste • ¼ tbsp cornflour • Oil for deep frying

For gravy : • ¼ cup oil • ½ tsp caraway seeds • 2 cloves • 2 black cardamoms • 10 green cardamoms

• For the kofta filling, mix together the cottage cheese, cardamom powder, white pepper powder, salt and cornflour and mix well. Divide into eight equal portions and roll into balls. Keep them in the refrigerator till required. • For the gravy, heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add the caraway seeds, cloves, black cardamoms, green cardamoms, cinnamon, onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric powder and sauté for five to seven minutes. • Add the tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt and one cup water and cook, stirring for five minutes. Add the butter, cashewnuts, dried fenugreek leaves, green cardamom powder and honey and mix well. Let the gravy simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat. Set aside to cool. Grind and strain the gravy into a bowl and discard the residue.

• To make the koftas, heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Divide the spinach mixture into eight equal portions. Coat each paneer ball with a portion of spinach and roll • For the spinach covering, into a round ball. Roll the balls melt the butter in a non-stick lightly in cornflour. Deep-fry on pan. Add the caraway seeds medium heat for three to four and sauté until they begin minutes. Drain on absorbent to change colour. Add the paper and set aside to cool spinach puree, garlic, ginger, slightly. green chilli paste, green cardamom powder, coriander • To serve, pour the curry into a powder, cashewnut powder, serving bowl. Halve the koftas horizontally and place them on salt and roasted chana powder and cook, stirring, till the top of the gravy. Garnish with a swirl of fresh cream, ginger and dry. Spread it out on a plate and set aside in a refrigerator green chilli strips and serve. to cool completely.

Preparation

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Mithai

Falooda Preparation time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1

Ingredients • ½ cup leftover mithai • ½ cup milk

For assembling: • ½ cup mithai, diced • ¼ cup flavoured sev • 2 tbsps rose syrup • 1 tbsp sabja seeds • 1 tsp almond, sliced • 1 tsp pistachios, sliced

For garnish: • 1 tsp rose syrup • 1 jalebi

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Preparation • In a vessel take the leftover mithai, add milk and blend well. • Now for assembling, take a tall glass. Drop in the mithai pieces in. Top it up with flavoured sev and pour in the rose syrup. • Now pour in the prepared mithai milk. Add a layer of sabja seeds over it. Sprinkle sliced almonds and pistachios. • Drizzle rose syrup on top

Chef Ranveer Brar

A passionate foodie since his early days, chef Ranveer Brar believes God lives in food! With over 15 years of experience in the food industry and over 10 years as executive and corporate chef across India and the USA, chef Brar has been recognized for his contribution to various cuisines by institutions such as The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), Academy for International Culinary Art’s (AICA) and James Beard House, among others, and has also represented India at the World Pastry Forum (WPF). He is a chef for life and it reflects in his joy for food and all his work. and garnish with jalebi. Serve chilled.

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Ginger

By Chef Ranveer Brar

Ingredients • 1 cup gram flour

• ¼ tsp black pepper powder • ¼ tsp turmeric powder • 1 tsp red chili powder • ½ tsp garam masala powder • A pinch of asafoetida (hing) • Salt, to taste • 1 tbsp ginger juice • 1 tbsp oil for kneading + for deep frying

Khara Sev Preparation • In a mixing bowl combine all of the gram flour, pepper powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, asafoetida and salt. Mix well. • Heat one tablespoon of oil and add it to the gram flour mixture. Mix till you get a crumbly texture. Add ginger juice and water to make a soft dough (it will be sticky, so grease your hands). • Heat oil in a kadai for deepfrying.

• Grease the sev mould. Stuff a portion of dough in the mould and hold it above the kadai and start pressing it so the sev directly goes into the hot oil. • Press it in the circular motion and when it is enough cut with scissors. Fry till golden brown and crisp in texture. Remove with perforated spoon and drain excess oil. Repeat with the remaining dough. • When it cools down crack the sev in small pieces and serve or store in an airtight container.

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Spicy Spinach

Chaat By Chef Anjum Anand

Ingredients

• 40 g baby spinach, really roughly chopped • 50 g gram flour • 1 tbs cornflour • 1/3 tsp salt • 3/4 tsp coriander powder • ½ tsp chaat masala • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder • 1/8 tsp red chilli powder or to taste • A good pinch of carom seeds (leave out if you don’t have any)

• Sev or pomegranate seeds to garnish (optional)

Preparation • Mix together the dry ingredients for the spinach. Add in four teaspoons of water and stir well to mix. Add the spinach and stir well to mix. It will be a bit gloopy.

• Heat a large wok or karahi with 3-4” oil. When the oil is hot around 180 °C, take walnut size balls with your hands and To serve: flatten so they are about 1-1½ • 150 ml Greek-style plain cm thick. They will be irregular yoghurt which will help them be crispy. • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder Add them all in and then turn (dry-roasted cumin seeds, the heat down a little and fry powdered) until golden brown, turning • 5 tbs sweet tamarind occasionally. Remove with a chutney slotted spoon and place on • 5 rounded tsp tangy kitchen roll to drain off any coriander chutney excess oil.

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Chef Anjum Anand has worked across the world in innovative restaurants such as Café Spice in New York, the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Park Royal Hotel’s Indian restaurant in New Delhi, but her real love is delicious and stylish food that is simple enough to cook at home. Chef Anand was one of the first writers to create and write Indian recipes catering for the healthconscious To serve: Whisk the yoghurt with the roasted cumin powder and season lightly. Place two spinach pakoras onto a small plate, I place one overlapping the other at an angle. Dollop over two teaspoons of the yoghurt leaving the edges clear so they remain crispy. Spoon over a tablespoon of the sweet tamarind chutney and a teaspoon of the tangy coriander chutney. Sprinkle liberally with the sev if using and serve.


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Steamed Mushroom

Momos

By Chef Anjum Anand

Ingredients

For the dough:

For the filling:

• 100 g plain flour plus extra for rolling out

• 1 tsp rose syrup • 2 ½ tbs vegetable oil • 550 g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and finely chopped • 1 small-medium red onion, finely chopped • 1 rounded tsp fresh black pepper or to taste • 6 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1 ½ tsp cornflour, mixed into a slurry with 50 ml water 25 ml dark soy sauce • 12 g finely chopped ginger • 3 tsp white or red wine vinegar • Small fistful of fresh chopped coriander • 2 small spring onions, chopped • 4 tbs finely chopped green pepper

• 4 ½-5 ½ tbs cold water

Preparation

• Make the filling first. Heat the oil in a small medium sized non-stick saucepan. Add the onion and some salt and fry until soft and colouring at the edges. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 40-50 seconds or until the garlic is cooked through. • Add the mushrooms and soya sauce and cook until the mushrooms release water and then it dries up. Add the vinegar, black pepper and cornflour slurry and cook for three to four minutes or until there is no more moisture in

• Take out the dough and knead well again. Roll out the dough into three equal long sausages and cut each into six equal pieces. Make little round balls of each and cover them with damp kitchen roll. Taking one at a time roll into 2 ½-3” diameter circles using a little extra flour. • To make the momos, I place the wrapper in my left hand and spoon in 1½ teaspoon of the filling (around 15 g) in the middle. • Then making sure the filling stays away from the edge, with my right hand I seal the tops together, making little pleated folds along the way and then make sure the edges are properly sealed. You basically need to enclose the filling in the dough without any tears; you can do it any way which feels easy. • Oil the surface of your steamer or some greaseproof paper. Arrange the momos on the oiled surface as you make them leaving some space between them as they expand a little. Cover and steam on a rolling boil for 11-13 minutes. • Serve hot with the spicy tomato chutney or some simple soya sauce in which you have sliced some green chillies and added some finely chopped ginger.

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Chef Priya Krishna By Chef Shipra Khanna

Jhinge Aloo Indian-ish

Baked Potatoes Ingredients

• 1 pound small new potatoes or baby red potatoes (about 12) • Kosher salt • ¼ cup sour cream • 4 tsps minced fresh ginger • ½ small red onion, finely diced • 2 small Indian green chilies or serrano chilies, finely chopped • 2 tsps chaat masala • 2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro (stems and leaves), for garnish

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Preparation

• Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, or until they can easily be pierced with a fork. Let the potatoes cool until they can be handled. • Without cutting all the way through to the bottom, slice each potato into four sections. Use your hands to push down and pull apart the four sections, like a blooming flower. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of each potato, followed by one tablespoon of the sour cream. Evenly divide the

Priya Krishna is an IndianAmerican food writer and YouTube personality, who contributes to leading magazines and websites such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and more. She is also the author of the college-centric cookbook Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks, and formerly worked for Lucky Peach. Her latest cookbook, “Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family.” The book has been named one of the best cookbooks of spring 2019. She lives in New York City. Photo credit: Excerpted from Indian-ish © 2019 by Priya Krishna with Ritu Krishna.

ginger, onion, green chilies, and chaat masala among the potatoes. Make it rain with chopped cilantro and serve. Tip: Cut the ginger, onion, and chilies while the potatoes bake, so everything is ready for assembly.


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Preparation

Quinoa

Kheer By Chef Priya Krishna

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he quinoa grains turn soft and silky, adding a hint of nuttiness to the kheer. They also do an even better job than rice of soaking up the cardamom flavor. Start to finish, this takes about as long as an episode of TV to make, so now you have something to do while you stir! Kheer can be eaten warm or cold, but I like it straight out of the fridge, as it has more thickness and body when chilled.

Ingredients • ½ gallon (2 quarts) whole milk • ½ cup dry (uncooked) white quinoa, rinsed and drained • ½ cup granulated sugar • Seeds from 5 green cardamom pods, crushed into a powder, or 1¼ teaspoons ground cardamom (freshly ground is best) • 2 tbsps roughly chopped unsalted pistachios, for garnish

• Evenly coat the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven with two tablespoons water (this will prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pot). Pour the milk into the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Watch the milk very closely — as soon as you start to see bubbles forming, reduce the heat to low (otherwise, the milk will boil over!). • Add the quinoa. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring continuously, for 15 minutes, then increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring continuously, for 30 to 35 minutes more, until the milk resembles heavy cream (it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon) and the quinoa is fully cooked. Don’t worry if there still seems to be a lot of milk left — it’ll soak into the quinoa as the kheer cools. • Stir in the sugar and cardamom and let the kheer cool to room temperature. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight or for up to 12 hours — it should resemble a loose rice pudding. When you’re ready to serve the kheer, garnish with the pistachios. Photo credit: Excerpted from Indianish © 2019 by Priya Krishna with Ritu Krishna. Photography © 2019 by Mackenzie Kelley. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved

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By Chef Shipra Khanna

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Posto

Ingredients

• 2 tbsps poppy seeds, soaked in water for 2-3 hours • 1 tbsp mustard oil • ½ tsp nigella seeds (kalunji) • A pinch of turmeric powder • 2-3 green chilies, cut lengthwise • 1 large potato, cut into cubes •1 small ridged gourd, cut lengthwise into 2-inch long pieces • 1 tsp salt • ½ tsp cumin powder

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Preparation • Drain the poppy seeds and grind them to make a fine paste. • Put the oil in a pan on moderate heat. When hot, add the nigella seeds, turmeric powder, green chilies and poppy paste. Sauté for a few moments, till fragrant. • Add the potato and sauté, till half cooked. Stir in the gourd and simmer till the potatoes and gourd are three-quarters cooked. • Add the salt and cook till the vegetables are tender.

Chef Shipra Khanna Chef Shipra Khanna’s culinary journey may not have been a conventional one, but it certainly is inspiring. Locked in a custody battle for her children and facing dowry abuse from her estranged husband, Khanna turned to cooking for solace. Landing on the popular reality cooking show, Masterchef India, Khanna stunned the judges and eventually won the coveted title. Her win also made her a symbol of hope for other downtrodden women trapped in a hostile home environment. Since her win, Chef Khanna has opened her own restaurant H.O.T – House of Taste – in Ahmedabad and authored a cookbook called The Spice Route.

Sprinkle with cumin powder and serve with boiled rice. Photo: Courtesy of Shipra Khanna


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Triple- Layered By Chef Shipra Khanna

“I actually created it during a show and it came out so well and tasted so exotic that I instantly fell in love with it.” Makes 12-14 pieces Note: The barfi can be kept refrigerated for 2-3 days.

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Barfi

Ingredients • 2 tbsps ghee

•400 gms khoya/mawa, crumbled • 1 cup condensed milk • 1 tsp green cardamom powder

• Return one half of the khoya to the same pan and add the saffron along with the milk it was soaked in. Cook on low heat, stirring continuously till the mixture comes together. Remove from heat and set aside.

• Line a square mould with enough cling film • 8-10 saffron strands, to hang over the sides soaked in 2 tbsp warm milk of the mould. Sprinkle a layer of rose petals evenly •15-16 rose petals on the base. Spread the cardamom-khoya mixture evenly over the roses. Finish with the saffron-khoya later. • Put the ghee in a pan and sauté the khoya on low heat till Refrigerate for 3-4 hours light pink. Add the condensed till set. mill and green cardamom • Remove the barfi from powder and cook for 2-3 the mould by pulling up the minutes, stirring all the while. cling film. Cut into 12-14 Remove from heat and divide squares and serve. into two portions.

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Avocado and lime, it’s a marriage of sweet and sour and creamy and sharp. For the garnish • 6-7 fresh mint leaves

By Chef Shipra Khanna

Avocado & Lime

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vocados are slightly high in fat but their fibre content helps in burning fat too. They are known as Mother Nature’s moisturisers and help reduce signs of aging, regulate blood sugar and promote eye health.

Ingredients • 4 ripe avocados • ½ cup fresh mint leaves • 3 green chillies, seeded & chopped • 2 tsps salt • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper • ¼ cup vegetable stock •1 cup whipping cream •2 tbsps lime juice

For the garnish • Tortilla Chips

Preparation • Cut the avocados and discard the seeds. Scoop the flesh into a food processor. Add the mint leaves, green chillies, salt, pepper and stock and blend, till smooth. Press the purée through a strainer into a bowl to remove all lumps. •Stir in the cream and lime juice and adjust seasoning. Keep in the refrigerator to chill. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled with tortilla chips. Photo: Courtesy of Shipra Khanna

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Vera By Chef Jasmine Daya

This is a vegetarian appetizer made from black-eyed peas

Ingredients • 2 cups black-eyed peas • 7 ½ cups water, divided • ½ cup diced onion • 2 tsps green chili puree • 1 tsp garlic puree • 1 ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp turmeric • 1 cup chopped coriander • Canola oil for deep frying

Preparation • In a large bowl, add the black-eyed peas and seven cups of water and let soak overnight. Strain the water

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from the black-eyed peas and rinse, removing all water. • Place the black-eyed peas in a blender or food processor with one-fourth cup of water and all remaining ingredients except the coriander and oil. Puree, adding an additional onefourth cup of water if needed. • After the mixture is blended, place in a mixing bowl. Add the coriander and stir to combine. • In a pot, heat oil over medium heat. Take two tablespoons of the blackeyed pea mixture and form a ball in your hand. Flatten slightly to form a small patty.

Chef Jasmine Daya Jasmine Daya is a lawyer who enjoys working hard at the office and at home in the kitchen. She has released her brand-new cookbook JD In the Kitchen: Indian Appetizers and Chutneys. In her first cookbook, Jasmine shares recipes for delicious Indian appetizers and chutneys with East African influences intended to inspire both novice and experienced chefs to experiment in the kitchen and ultimately bring their culinary creations to life. JD In the Kitchen: Indian Appetizers and Chutneys contains a multitude of delicious recipes including beef kebab, spicy crepes, fried mogo, bhajias, samosas and many more. Other books penned by Jasmine include her debut chicklit novel Law Girl’s Bump in the Road written under the name Leia London. Her books are currently available on Amazon. • Place the patty into the oil to fry for about two minutes or until cooked. Flip over for another two minutes or until cooked. • Remove and place on a paper towel–lined tray to absorb the excess oil. Repeat with remaining pea mixture. Photo courtesy of Jasmine Daya


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Beet Rosette

Bhajia

Ingredients • 1 tbsp (8 g) shelled raw pistachios • 2½ cups water • 1 cup chopped beets

By Chef Jasmine Daya

If you want to seriously impress, this appetizer is the one to make. The rosette shape is created with a handheld rosette waffle iron.

• 1 cup gram flour • ¼ cup chopped coriander • 1 egg • 1 tsp salt • ½ tsp garlic puree • Canola oil for frying

Preparation • In a saucepan, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add the beets to the saucepan and cook for about 20 minutes or until the beets are tender. Remove from heat and let the beets and water cool.

• Place the cooled beets and water from the saucepan into a blender. Add half a cup of cold water to the blender and puree. • In a mixing bowl, combine the gram flour, coriander, egg, salt, garlic puree, and pureed beet mixture. • In a small pot, heat oil over medium to high heat. Place the waffle iron into the pot to heat for one minute.

• Holding the handle of the waffle iron, dip the iron into the batter, ensuring it does not go above the edges. Hold it in the pot of oil for about 30-50 seconds or until the batter is cooked. • If the rosette is detached from the waffle iron, remove it and place on a paper towel–lined tray to absorb the excess oil. If it did not detach, remove the rosette by gently prying it off with the tip of a knife and place on the tray.

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Masala

Popcorn By Chef Maneet Chauhan

Ingredients • 1 cup corn kernels • Salt to taste  • ¼ tsp red chili powder  • ½ tsp chaat masala • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation Heat a deep non-stick pan. Place corn kernels in a bowl. Add olive oil and mix well and put into the hot pan. Add salt and red chili powder and mix. Cover and let the corn splutter and pop. When all the corn has popped, sprinkle chaat masala and toss.

Chef Maneet Chauhan always had a passion for all things culinary – and it definitely shows. After working for eight years as the executive chef at Vermilion, an acclaimed IndianLatin fusion restaurant in New York, she was the first Indian woman to ever compete on the hit US show The Iron Chef and is now an all-time judge on Food Network Channel’s show Chopped. Chef Chauhan shared some of her delectable recipes with DARPAN. Taking inspiration from her travels, Chef Chauhan places an Indian twist on classic dishes from around the world, melding familiar Indian flavours in surprising and delicious ways.

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For the Jaipur Slaw: • 1 lb red cabbage, shredded • ½ ounce carrot, fine julienne • ¼ ounce mint, chopped • ¼ ounce cilantro, finely chopped

For the dressing: • 8 ounces lemon juice • 2 tbsps sugar

Black-Eye Pea

Croquettes with Byadagi Aioli & Jaipur Slaw By Chef Maneet Chauhan

Ingredients

• 3 gms cumin powder

For the Black Eye Pea Croquettes:

• 18 gms salt

• 2 gms amchur

• 2 cups black-eyed peas

• 7 gms black pepper

• 116 gms clantro

For the Byadagi Aioli:

• 1 cup red onion, chopped • 1 cup red pepper, chopped

• 1 quart mayonaise

• 1 cup yellow pepper, chopped

• 10 ounces Byadagi Chilli puree

• 21 gms jalapeno, chopped

• 2 ounces lemon juice

• 2 tbsps ginger-garlic paste

• 8 gms cumin

• 2 ounces lemon juice

• 4 gms red chili powder

• 3 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled & shredded

• 6 gms paprika

• 84 gms panko (bread crumbs) • 1 tsp red chili powder

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• 3 ounces Parmesan

Preparation For the Black Eye Pea Croquettes: • Soak black-eyed peas overnight. Boil them until tender and cool the next day. In a robot coupe, pulse peas, peppers, onion, jalapeno, ginger garlic and lemon. Remove and mix in the bread crumbs with the spices. Portion 1.5 oz balls with a disher and coat each piece with breadcrumbs. Deep-fry at 350 degrees until golden brown, for approximately 3 minutes.

For the Byadagi Aioli: • Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly.

For the Jaipur Slaw: • Combine red cabbage, carrot, mint and cilantro. Season with salt, dress ala minute with lemon dressing.


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Seero By Chef Hetal Vasavada

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients • 1 tbsp (8 g) shelled raw pistachios • 1 tbsp (9 g) raw almonds • 1 tbsp (9 g) raw cashews • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar • 1 cup (240 ml) water • ¼ cup (55 g) ghee • ½ cup (84 g) semolina

Credit line: Reprinted with permission from Milk & Cardamom by Hetal Vasavada, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photo credit: Hetal Vasavada.

Preparation • Toast the pistachios, almonds and cashews in a small non-stick skillet over medium heat for four minutes. Pour into a bowl to cool. Once cool, chop the nuts coarsely and set aside. • In a small saucepan, add the granulated sugar and water. Dissolve the granulated sugar in the water over medium heat. Once all of the sugar has dissolved, set aside. • In a non-stick skillet, add the ghee and semolina. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat for four to

As a chef and food blogger creating dishes that represented her “Not quite 100% American and not fully Indian” self. These culinary explorations landed her a coveted spot on MasterChef competing in front of Gordon Ramsey, and her first cookbook, MILK & CARDAMOM: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India, a stunning collection of Indianaccented sweets that range from the traditional to the most delicious cultural mash-ups. Her recipes have been featured in Huffington Post, TASTE and The Times of India. five minutes while stirring. The semolina will turn light brown and give off a nutty fragrance. Pour the granulated sugar water into the semolina and turn up the heat to medium-high. Let it sit for one minute without mixing. The semolina will soak up all of the water and thicken. Stir for one minute and then spoon into the serving bowls. Top with the toasted chopped nuts and serve while warm or at room temperature.

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This kulfi recipe uses the traditional method of boiling full-fat milk down until it is thick and creamy.

Hot Chocolate Preparation

Kulfi By Chef Hetal Vasavada

W

hen I was younger my grandma would bring me a Fudgsicle when she would pick me up from school during the summer. We’d walk home hand in hand enjoying our frozen treats. When she got older, she moved to India and whenever I would visit her, she would give me money to sneak away and pick up an ice cream for us from the corner store. Our little secret inspired this kulfi recipe, which uses the traditional method of boiling full-fat milk down until it is thick and creamy.

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Makes 6 to 10 servings, depending on the size of the mold

Ingredients • 4 cups (960 ml) whole milk • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream • 2/3 cup (115 g) high-quality milk chocolate morsels • ¼ tsp salt • ½ tsp ground cinnamon • ¼ cup (40 g) roasted unsalted almonds, finely chopped Photo courtesy of Hetal Vasavada

• Add the milk, heavy cream, chocolate, salt and cinnamon into a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until the milk comes to a boil, about six minutes. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often. Make sure to keep an eye on the milk as it might overflow. • Add the chopped almonds and simmer for an additional five minutes. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze for at least five hours. Set the kulfi out on the counter for five minutes before unmolding. Note: To make a no-mess, no-drip version for your kids, use a block of Abuelita Mexican chocolate instead of regular chocolate. It contains carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed, which prevents the kulfi from dripping all over the place!


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Narangi

Gulab Jamun By Chef Harpal Sokhi

Ingredients

• 1½ cups + 3 tbsp mawa/khoya • ¼ cup chenna • 2 oranges, sliced • ¼ cup orange marmalade • 1 cup sugar • 2-3 cloves • 1 inch of cinnamon • A pinch of saffron • ¼ tsp soda bicarbonate • 3 tbsp refined flour • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder • Rice bran oil to deep-fry

Preparation

• Grate one and a half cups of khoya and chenna into a deep mixing bowl and mix well. Add soda bicarbonate, refined flour, green cardamom powder, and little water to make a soft dough. Cover and rest. • To make the stuffing, grate the remaining khoya into another bowl, add orange marmalade and mix well. Divide this mixture into 16 equal portions. • Divide the dough into 16 equal portions and shape them into balls. Flatten each ball on your palm, place one portion of khoya-orange marmalade mixture in the center, bring in the edges together and press lightly to seal. Shape them into smooth balls.

• To make sugar syrup, cook together one cup sugar with one and a half cups water, orange • Heat rice bran oil in a kadai (wok). Add the balls, a few at a slices, cloves and cinnamon, in a deep pan till it reaches one time, and deep-fry on low flame string consistency. Add a pinch till golden. Drain and soak in the of saffron and mix and keep it sugar syrup for at least 15 to 20 minutes before serving. warm.

Chef Harpal Sokhi Popularly known for his culinary show Turban Tadka, Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi has redefined cookery shows with his humour and Punjabi style. The fusion of Indian food with international cuisine is what made Chef Sokhi a name to reckon within the hotel industry. Black Currant Kulfi and Kiwi ka Panna are just examples of his exotic creations which are extremely popular in Passage to India – the restaurant in the famous 5-star deluxe, The Regent hotel, Mumbai Chef Sokhi was awarded Indo Australian Cultural by the Victorian Council Australia and AIII in October 2014, for promoting Indian food and culture in Australia.

• Place the narangi gulab jamuns in separate serving bowls. Pour the syrup and stewed oranges over them and serve hot.

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Arancini By Chef Harpal Sokhi

The well-known jocular, jovial and jolly chef – Harpal Singh Sokhi, has given cooking a fun and delightful statement with his style of cooking.

Ingredients • 1 cup leftover cooked basmati rice • ¾ cup leftover dal • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, finely chopped • ¼ cup green peas • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tsp garlic, crushed • 1 tsp ginger, crushed • 2 tsp cumin seeds

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• 1 tsp red chilli powder • ½ tsp cumin powder • ½ tsp turmeric powder • ¼ tsp garam masala powder • ½ cup breadcrumbs + to roll • Salt to taste • Black pepper powder to taste • Rice bran oil to deep-fry • Chaat masala to sprinkle • A few leaves of lettuce • ½ cup tomato salsa

Preparation • Put rice, dal, bell pepper, green peas, carrots, crushed garlic, crushed ginger, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam

masala powder, half cup breadcrumbs, salt, and black pepper powder in a large mixing bowl and mix well. • With dampened hands divide the mixture into 15 equal golf-sized balls. Roll each ball in breadcrumbs and shake off excess. Keep them on a plate and in a refrigerator for half an hour. • Heat sufficient rice bran oil in a deep pan, gently slide in the arancini (balls) and deep-fry till crisp and golden brown. Drain on an absorbent paper. • Place lettuce leaves on a serving plate, place the arancini over them, sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot with tomato salsa.


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Samosa By Chef Ajay Chopra

Ingredients • 1 cup grated dark chocolate • 1½ cups refined flour • 4 tbsps + 1 tsp castor sugar • 2 tbsps ghee

• Combine chocolate and pistachio in a bowl. Mix well and add one tsp castor sugar and mix well. • Divide the dough into eight equal portions and roll out into medium size rotis. Cut the rotis into halves.

• Apply water on one edge half and roll into • 1 cup sugar a small cone. Reserve some chocolate mixture • Oil for deep-frying for garnishing and place a spoonful of the chocolate mixture from the remaining • Combine refined flour, four into the cone and seal to tbsps castor sugar and ghee make a samosa. Similarly in a bowl. Mix well and rub till prepare the remaining. it resembles a breadcrumb • Prepare a thick sugar texture. syrup by cooking sugar in • Add sufficient water and one cup water. knead into a semi-stiff • Heat sufficient oil in a dough. Refrigerate for 10 kadai. Deep-fry the samosas minutes. • 1 tbsp pistachio slivers

Preparation

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Chef Chopra is greatly committed to taking Indian cuisine into new and uncharted areas and constantly experiments with new ingredients and flavours.

Preparation • Mix quick oats with hot water and keep it aside for about five minutes. (Avoid adding too much of water as water oozes out of onions when added to this mixture). • Grind ginger, garlic and green chillies to a coarse paste.

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Ingredients • 180 gm cooking oats • 30 gm rice flour • 30 gm ragi flour • 90 gm palak, finely chopped

• 15 gm coriander, finely chopped • 5 gm green chillies • 5 gm ginger • 4 garlic pods • 5 gm turmeric powder

• 5 gm curry leaves, finely chopped

• 10 gm red chilli powder

• 50 gm onion, finely chopped

• Oil for deep frying

• Salt to taste

• Meanwhile, heat oil for deep frying in a kadai. Add all the remaining ingredients along with the ginger-garlic-green chilli paste to the oats mixture and mix well. • If required you can add little hot water, the consistency of the mixture should be like onion pakoda mixture. • Drop the mixture in or shape them into small balls and drop them into hot oil on medium heat. Fry the fritters till golden brown. • Serve them hot or warm with tomato ketchup/chutney.

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ur community shapes us into the individuals we are. Communities nurture us during our childhood and contribute to our development well into our youth. In times of celebration, we then have the humble responsibility to give back to the community that contributes to our happiness. Amidst the festivities that lace the celebrations of our nears and dears, here are seven easy ways to give back to your community this Diwali season:

Find a charitable organization, cause or group that you identify with and volunteer your services at a food shelter, hospital or soup kitchen. A great idea is to light up the day of a senior who may not have a friend to celebrate Diwali with. The options are endless and so are the many blessings you will get in return.

Donate Donations are not just financial. If you have the means and the health to do so, helping others in need through hair or blood donations are potential options. Furthermore, participating in seasonal food or toy drives that begin this time of the year can help the underprivileged. As you indulge in the Diwali cleaning, consider donating items such as books, lightly used clothing, bicycles, school supplies, or bags that you would otherwise throw away.

Spread Positivity A simple smile or ‘hello’ can turn a bad day into a good one. Diwali is about illuminating those around you by treating all as your own. Hold the door open, help a senior cross the road and do not hesitate to give compliments. If you want to take this to the pro level, leave an anonymous motivational note for someone to find and read. Sometimes, an effortless act such as lending your ear to an acquaintance can be a game-changer in someone’s life.

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educational institutions are speaking for professionals or even students that can share their experiences with others. Educating community members about opportunities and sharing resources is an investment back into the community that invested in you.

Promote Local Businesses and Talent Given that your community has led you to be the professional or student that you are, help others achieve their dreams by buying local whenever you can. This is not just limited to goods, but also attending events put together by local artists, especially surrounding artistic expressions of the Diwali spirit.

Bringing light into the world is not someone else’s responsibility. Often, we leave communal vices to be managed by others. If you see litter, instead of blaming others, be proactive and throw it in the garbage. If someone is in trouble, assist them in a safe manner rather than being a bystander.

Start at Home This Diwali, reflect on yourself. Make your living space, lifestyle and those you live with a reflection on the community you want. If something seems amiss in the community, look first into the values being embedded in your household. Teach the younger ones what you would like to spread into the world and become a compelling role model! The rewarding experience of taking such small steps to contribute to your community paves the path to common good. Being a good citizen triggers a chain reaction and creates a network of change-makers. With just a small gesture, you can create an everlasting impact that transcends well beyond the act. Spread the light within you!


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t is that time of the year when you take a break from your western couture and sparkle and shine in rich ethnic flavours. Yes, Diwali is finally upon us and while the festivities this year may not be as grand as usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, your Diwali wardrobe certainly doesn’t need to be lowkey. In fact, dressing up for the various days of the festival of lights will only enliven your spirit. Whether your celebration plans include a small close-knit gettogether with family and friends or attending a simple puja, there is definitely no reason to miss out on dressing up for the festivities. So, here are some easy to crack festive style tips that will not only help you make stunning style statements but also add a dash of excitement to your intimate festivities. Read on…

Nail It With A Kurta A staple in Indian traditional wear, the good old’ humble kurta is certainly going to rule this festive season. The versatility of kurtas is what makes it a regular show stealer at fashion shows too. This year itself, kurtas made a splash at the Lakme Fashion Week as an intrinsic part of several designer’s collections. Pairing its various versions with different types of bottoms like palazzos, skirts, dhoti pants, cigarette pants, and shararas, can help create beautiful and interesting silhouettes for the festive season. From lightweight


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gota patti work, to chikankari, to silk kurtas, to heavily embroidered Anarkali kurtas — there are endless options to choose from. Kurtas with flared sleeves are currently in vogue and are a musthave if you like to add a bit of drama to your outfit. You can further highlight your look with statement jewellery. Comfortable and effortlessly chic a perfectly accentuated kurta silhouette is sure to see you through all the festivities ahead in style.

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Reign In The Kaftan If you crave for glamour and comfort then the mesmerizing silhouettes of Kaftan are sure to please you the most. With its carefree and free-flowing attributes, Kaftans are a hot favourite among women across the globe, and this festive season they have simply become hotter! Even B-town beauties have upped their fashion game with this versatile piece of garment. Chiffon, georgette, or silk kaftans with embroidered work and beautiful prints are apt to make heads turn for this festive season. You can even add a bit of zing to your kaftan by pairing it with belt, chic pants, statement jewellery and create a quirkystylish look. Finish off the look with jutis, heels or ethnic sandals.


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Aladdin salwar gives a whimsical dreamy look to your entire A close relative of ensemble, making harem pants, this quirky, cool and super comfortable it a must for those who love to experiment with their salwars are undoubtedly hotcakes this festive season. fashion game. These bottoms paired with short kurtis and As the name suggests this jutis make for an interesting sartorial piece is indeed festive look. For a bolder inspired by the popular folktale character – Aladdin and more experimental look, you can even pair the and is sure to add a bit of mystic charm to your festive bottoms with fitted tops or dressing this year. The flowy even crop tops and throw a shrug over it for a modern loose-fitting silhouette of contemporary look.

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Slay With Saree A saree can never go out of fashion and there is nothing more beautiful than a saree to add sparkle to your festive wardrobe. Elegant and easy to style, a saree can make you look stunning effortlessly. Try giving it a contemporary twist to this classic staple this year by pairing it with shirts, kurtas, pants etc. Do check out our article on ‘different saree style to experiment with this festive season’ for inspiration, in this issue.

Perfect The Look With Palazzos A favourite among the B-town belles, palazzos have been one of the hottest trends in ethnic wear for a while now. And the festive season is the best time to test its versatility. Pair it with

simple kurtas, A-line kurtas, angarkha kurta, tunics, capes, jackets, crop tops or even sarees – the palazzos goes perfectly well with just about any look. Brocade palazzos, palazzos with scalloped hems and lace trimmings are ideal for the festive period. Lastly, whatever you choose to wear this festive season, don’t forget to flaunt your brightest and biggest fashion asset – your smile, and you are certain to slay throughout the festivities. Happy stylish and safe Diwali.

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saree. A saree not only exudes unmatched sophistication othing can define but given its elegance better extremely than a saree. versatile nature, Hence, it is no surprise it can also be that this timeless six-yard worn in myriad wonder, which traces its styles. With just origin to Indus Valley one saree you can Civilizations, holds an achieve almost a irreplaceable place in dozen styles. So, the heart of every Indian this Diwali, why woman and by far remains not jazz up your to be the most common saree game? Here are sartorial pick for festivals. some interesting ways to No silhouette can beat style this exquisite festive the charm of a traditional staple…

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If you don’t want to steer too far away from the traditional saree look and yet are willing to experiment, this style is definitely for you. All you need to pull off this style is a statement belt or kamarbhandh to cinch your waist. Drape your glorious sixyard in a normal way and then just accessorize it with your belt. Voila! You are ready to make heads turn with your style. A crop top or an off-shoulder top doubling up as a blouse can further accentuate your look.


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DIWALI STYLE

Ditch The Conventional Blouse

Double The Elegance Quotient The most attractive feature of a saree, undoubtedly, is its pallu or the end piece. And ever since designer Shaina NC devised the surreal double pallu saree draping method, every actress in B-town has been going gaga over it. If you love the classic saree draped look but also want to experiment with fashion, then you definitely must give this new saree draping trend a try. All you need to try out this style is an embellished dupatta matching your saree or another saree. Agreed, it’s a bit tricky style but once you get the hang of it, you shall be ready to rock.

Enough of breaking your head to get that perfect fitting blouse. Honestly, there are several ways to style your saree without it. You can simply grab your favourite shirt and drape a printed or plain saree over it. Alternatively, a saree paired with a crop top, bustier, vest or printed tee can instantly make you stand out in style in the

crowd. Get creative, look up to your favourite Bollywood celebs for inspiration and nail this quirky saree style like a pro.

Best Of Both Worlds If you ever have to make that tough choice between your favourite lehenga or saree – simply grab them both. Believe us, a saree can be beautifully draped with a lehenga to help you effortlessly steal the show this Diwali.

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Pants To The Rescue Give an easy contemporary twist to your saree game by simply ditching the petticoat and draping your six-yards around pants, jeggings or even denim. Trust us, you will slay and how!!!

Scarf It One more interesting saree draping method to try out this festive season is to wrap the pallu around your nape like a scarf. Contemporary and stylish, this quirky style of draping will surely take your fashion quotient up by several notches.

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Say Yes To Jackets Don’t even think about this style twice. Just grab a neatly designed jacket and throw it over your saree to make a stunning style statement this Diwali. Lastly, don’t hesitate to experiment with various draping styles, silhouettes, and fabrics, like mentioned earlier, saree is an extremely versatile garment and nothing can steal away from its eternal charm. So, go ahead grab your fav six-yard from the wardrobe now.


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Can you find some Diwali related words in the puzzle below? And try not to peek at the clues on the left!

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