Bright ideas

There is nothing like a well-lit home during Diwali. Sunday MiD DAY says, ditch mundane Chinese lamps this year, because we have scoured markets to bring you some of the most innovative options including newspaper lamps and firecracker lights

Light my firecracker
Can there ever be a Diwali without firecrackers and lights? And what if you fuse the two together? This season, Dhoop is stocking what they call Firecracker Lights. Made of paper, each has a string of fairy lights running through it. They can be hung from the window, or wound across a wall.

Price: Rs 350
At: Dhoop, 101 Khar Sheetal, Corner of Union Park and Ambedkar Road, Khar (W).
Call: 26498646

Today's newspaper, tomorrow's lamp
Apart from a range of eco-friendly lamps made out of recycled plastic bottles (Rs 652), handmade paper (Rs 652) and Papier-mache (Rs 952), Tribal Route has a new line made out of recycled newspapers. Put together using different pages sporting exciting colours, each comes with a mix of headlines.

Price: Rs 452
At: Tribal Route, Cottage Number 18, Aram Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W).
Call:  9967058848

Ek cutting, please
Taking the quintessential Mumbai term, 'cutting chai', Tappu Ki Dukaan has come up with an interesting lighting option. Using glasses that are commonly used at roadside tea stalls, the store is selling what they call Cutting Chai Candles. You can also buy them in a set of six glasses, which come with a stand that vendors use when carrying multiple glasses in one go.

Price: Rs  150
At: Tappu Ki Dukaan, 27-A, Kermani Building, Mezzanine floor, Sir PM Road, Fort.
Call:  22043716

If you want to celebrate Diwali the traditional way using earthen diyas, go check out Omved's eco-diyas. These are hand-crafted and made using lead-free terracotta. These lamps come fitted with recycled glass chimneys, and last far longer than wax or traditional oil diyas.

Price: Rs 590 (set of five)
At: Omved, Shop No. S-33/A, 2nd floor, R-City Mall, LBS Marg, Ghatkopar (W).
Call: 28325955

Shiny Diwali balls
Made of thread, paper and rattan weed, these lights come in packs of 20. Available in single colours, or in multiple shades (Ball Set Rainbow, in picture), they have a wire running through them, and can be hung from one end of the room to another.

Price: Rs 550
At: The Bombay Store, Unit No. 14, ground floor, Block No. 43, High Street Phoenix, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W).
Call: 24971024

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