Television celebrities talk about their Diwali plans
Divyanka Tripathi, Pratyusha Banerjee, Arjun Bijlani and host of other small screen celebrities get in the festive spirit and reveal their plans for the Diwali and why they support noise-free Diwali
Divyanka Tripathi: I support noise free and eco-friendly Diwali.This Diwali for 4-5 days I will be visiting my friends in Mumbai but on Diwali I will be in Bhopal. The only Diwali ritual but which is close to my heart is visiting my Dada ji's place where entire family gathers. Every year My Dadaji does all the Pooja and we all actually queue up to take prasad and aashirwad from him. This year too I am looking forward to do the same.
Pratyusha Banerjee: Every year Diwali has brought some positive changes in my life. This year I will be participating in Power Couple. I am looking forward to celebrate it with Rahul. I definitely support noise-free Diwali. Rahul and I are planning to gift each other something on this dhanteras.
Arjun Bijlani: I believe in noise free and eco-friendly Diwali.I don't burst crackers.So I would request others also not to burst crackers.I will buy gold things, diyas, candles and new clothes for my wife and son.
Aishwarya Sakuja: I do support noise free Diwali.. Every year in Diwali because of crackers there are noise and air pollution. Old people and animals suffer because of crackers. I request everyone not to burn crackers and please let this festival be a beautiful festival. I don't have any Diwali plans because I will be in Argentina this Diwali. This is my first Diwali after my marriage. I clean my house everyday. I don't play cards but I love watching people playing cards.
Shashank Vyas: I do believe in noise free Diwali. Bursting harmful crackers is not good for old people, animals and our environment. This is the first Diwali I am going to celebrate at my own place in Mumbai. It is very special. The best thing about Diwali is meeting friends with smiles and sweets and lights all around. I remember, I used to help my mom in the kitchen when she used to make Diwali snacks. I miss those moments. Now we buy sweets and snacks from markets, the same things are there but the feeling is not as it was before.
Ravi Dubey: I do support noise free Diwali. I used to burst crackers when I was a kid but now I have stopped bursting crackers because it harms our environment. We are spending this Diwali with our family as usual. I especially like this festival as everyone takes time out of their busy schedule and meet family and friends to socialize. I buy silver or gold coins every year. This year I will do the same.
Shivin Narang: I do believe in noise free Diwali. Old people and animals suffers because of crackers. So I would request everyone not to burst crackers that harms our environment. This Diwali, I intend going out of Mumbai for 15 days first time after I shifted to Mumbai. After that, I intend to go to Singapore with family as in case of Singapore one gets Visa easily and not much planning is needed. After coming from Singapore I want to attend a friends wedding in Delhi too. I will binge on variety of home cooked delicacies, sweets and chaat of Delhi. Long breaks are rare for an actor.
Vivian Dsena: I celebrate every festival with my family. Basically, every festival is family time. My wife and I enjoy decorating our house and prepare for Laxmi puja. Every year I gift something to my wife or buy something for my parents. I pray to the Goddess to keep us all blessed.I want to say everyone that we should believe in noise free Diwali. The crackers not only create pollution they also disturb our peace and that of the animals too. Dangerous cracker burning should be banned and only small ones should be used.
Rashami Desai: I belive in noise free and eco friendly Diwali.Why to waste time on crackers? So many accidents happens because of crackers and it causes noise pollution as well.I don't have specific plans for Diwali. My mother, sister-in-law and I cook delicious sweets and other Diwali snacks together. We all sit for puja together and enjoy decorating the house.
Gunjan Utreja: I will be celebrating Diwali with my entire family in Chandigarh. The rituals remain the same, puja, mithai and music. This year I am supporting a cause of "cracker-free diwali" and I am also promoting an NGO which is selling diyas and other decorations. The NGO supports women education. I would request people not to waste money on crackers and instead light up someone's life. Our family is not into gifts for occasions. God has been very kind to us in blessing us with more than what we need. As a family we will support education of five more girls till college.
Naman Shaw: I always go home to Calcutta to celebrate it with my family. If I am not shooting this year then I will be in Calcutta too. I am from a joint family and it's a big affair. We all celebrate it together. All my cousins gather at one place. it's the best feeling as I stay alone in Mumbai. I like everything about Diwali, the sweets, the puja, the lighting and everyone all dressed up. I love to play cards and I won 50 at card party.I do support noise free Diwali and I want to request others to play safe Diwali.
Srishty Rode: I don't burst crackers anymore and I feel people should do the same. House cleaning has already started and I will buy lot of new things and clothes. I love to play cards with few friends but I am not very good at it.
Mrunal Jain: It should be eco-friendly and noise free Diwali. It becomes difficult to breathe after Diwali. The festival is all about life,light,happiness and triumph of the good. So we should keep that in mind and should not do any harm to our environment. Instead of spreading pollution we should spread happiness. I will buy new clothes for my family.I will buy chocolates for my friends and I will be doing Lakshmi puja at my house.
Ankit Gera: I do believe in noise free Diwali. I used to burst crackers when I was a kid. But I have realized the consequences and I have stopped bursting crackers. So I believe people should celebrate Diwali safely and pollution free. I will be cleaning my house.I will buy clothes and new stuff to decorate my house. I will buy gifts for my family and friends. I don't play cards.
Romit Raj: We should be a responsible citizen and should take care of noise levels. I don't spend money on crackers and I donate some amount to NGO. This Diwali I will be celebrating with my 'Chalti Ka Naam Gadi' team and I will do puja at my home. Decorations and cleaning have already started.
Roma Navani: We should have a noise free Diwali.Bursting crackers is not good for our health and environment. I don't know how to play cards. But I have plan to buy a new vehicle,paint my house and buy some jewellery. I want to buy some clothes and some shoes for the poor children on the road. I would be celebrating it with my family
Perneet Chauhan: I support noise free Diwali. Burning crackers is truly burning paper and it is cruel to animals and environment. Let's follow 'Swacha Bharat Abhiyaan' this year. My plan is to play cards. I already have my outfit for Diwali. I am planning to make rangoli and sweets.
Sunayna Fozdar: Diwali is all about lightning, candles, decorating house, welcoming Lakshmi into our homes, sweets and gifting each other. Not just animals,birds and elderly people suffers lot of other people also get affected. We all should support a noise free,peaceful and safe Diwali. I barely know how to play cards. But I meet friends,decorate the house with diyas and make rangoli.
Vivek Mishra: I guess that it's impossible to have noise free Diwali. But we as citizen should try to play noise free Diwali. I don't know how to play cards but I do visit Diwali party to enjoy with my friends. I also distribute my old clothes.
Nalini Negi: We should celebrate Diwali in more constructive way by going out for dinner with friends and family. We should meet our relatives whom we meet very often.We should say no to crackers as we are spoiling the nature and health. I am going to play cards on Diwali as we consider as a good omen.
Raman Handa: We should not burst crackers as it causes lot of pollution. Animals and kids get scared and affected by the noise. My dog also gets scared and hide himself under the bed and stops eating food. I have decided to celebrate this Diwali with lights and sweets. I will buy new clothes and silver Lakshmi and Ganesha idols during Diwali. I would celebrate it with my family.
Akhlaque Khan - I support noise free Diwali. The crackers don't just cause noise pollution but also cause immense amount of air and pollution. I personally clean my house for Diwali. I probably have a small Diwali party at my house. I like to have cosy celebrations.
Jaswir Kaur: I agree with the problem old people and animals go through.I request people to have safe and happy Diwali without troubling others. I have two dogs at my home and because of crackers I sit holding them. During Diwali I really like to be at home, love to eat sweets, meeting people and decorate home with lights.
Ridhima Tiwari: I feel that crackers cause noise pollution and pollutes our environment. Even animals and old people are getting affected. But it's also true that for kids Diwali is incomplete without crackers. I wish there were more crackers with lights than sound. Diwali cleaning is must all of should do that. My Diwali plan includes buying a lot of gifts for my loved ones. I buy new things for my house. I get new clothes for the Lakshmi and Ganesha idols. I make rangoli and light up every corner of my house.
Amit Tandon: I support noise free Diwali. Mumbai suffers from pollution and noise so I think both should be limited. I do play cards, enjoy food and good music. I go for shopping to buy new things for my family and my house.
Rishina Kandhari: I do believe in noise free Diwali as it disturbs everyone right from animals to the old people. The smoke from the crackers invites health hazards. So please enjoy your festival noise free. Everyone feels like celebrating Diwali and has a right to celebrate it even a beggar on the road. So I donate some percent of my own earning.
Adaa Khan: Diwali is a festival of lights and not noise. I believe in noise free Diwali because animals, old people and people who have heart problems they suffer a lot in Diwali. I request people to have a noise free Diwali. I do cleaning before any festival because it is a must to clean our house. I don't know how to play cards but I go for card parties. I am going to celebrate Diwali with my friends and seniors.
Gaurav S. Bajaj - I do believe in noise free Diwali. I used to burst crackers but now I don't burst crackers because it harms our environment. Old people and animals suffer because of noise. I will celebrate Diwali with my family and friends. I will buy new things for my house and my family.
Ajay Chaudhary: I do agree that we should have noise free Diwali. It creates noise and air pollution which is not good for our health and environment. Animals like dogs get scared when they hear the noise. Even old people suffers because of crackers. I will celebrate Diwali with my family and friends. I will buy gifts or my house and family.
Sudeep Sahir: I do agree with the idea of noise free Diwali. Apart from it being a nuisance for elderly,babies and dogs the smoke really takes a toll on the air we breathe. I know crackers are a part of Diwali festivities but we can celebrate the same with diyas and mild crackers like phuljhadi and anar. Diwali is that time of the year when I forget all about my diet. I eat sweets and visit my family and friends. I will be doing puja. I will invite my friends for dinner. I have already started shopping and cleaning of the house. I love playing cards but I won't be able to play much this time as I am shooting.
Himanshu Soni: I strongly want to have noise free Diwali or smart Diwali which will be using these lights more carefully. The makers should use the materials to make the fireworks more pollution free and noise free. I am planning card parties with my family and close friends. My family is doing the preparation of Diwali.
Amit Gaur: I support noise free Diwali.Animals get scared when they hear the terrific noise of fireworks especially the crazy bombs we burst. We should take into consideration about them too and have a serious ban on such kind of fireworks.I don't play cards. Cleaning house is very important. I will buy few Diwali gifts for my closed ones. I will be doing puja with my family on Diwali night.
Saurabh Pandey: I stopped burning crackers and understood that burning crackers is eventually burning hard earned money. If you wish to see there are plenty of fireworks already in sky to watch. I only love doing puja to maa Lakshmi and light diyas. I believe that Diwali is a festival of happiness when lord Ram came back to Ayodhya,he brought back the long lost light. Traditionally, one should do puja and light diyas only. So many people who are not well during diwali suffer badly from noise. I have a Dog who gets so scared that he hides behind my sofa. I love monopoly and so do my friends. We play monopoly instead of cards. It's so much fun especially when you play with the real money...
Mohammad Nazim: I do agree that we should have a noise free Diwali. I stop bursting crackers. So I request everyone not to burst crackers that harms old people,animals and our environment. I haven't planned anything yet. I would probably celebrate Diwali with my friends. I do clean my house and buy new things fr my house and gifts for my family and friends.
Ssharad Malhotraa: I do believe in noise free and eco friendly Diwali. Mumbai already suffers from noise and air pollution.So we as a good citizen should take care of our environment. Like every year this year too I am looking forward to buy something for the house, may be an artifact, a painting, cutlery, piece of furniture or I may even gift myself the latest gadget available in the market. Last year I bought some gold as markets were on a high and it was the best to time invest. May Goddess Laxmi's blessings be always there with me and my dear ones. She has blessed me in abundance and please continue doing so.
Himmanshoo Ashok Malhotra: We should have noise-free Diwali. Some people get burnt by it too. Instead of spending money on crackers, we should spend that on beggars and other needy people for food. I have never gambled in my life. I will be in Argentina. Amruta will be here and my mom will be in Delhi so we all will be in different part of the world.
Mohit Malik: This Diwali I am going to burst crackers and would wake everyone at midnight. All the family members sit for puja. It has to be a pollution-free. But I do a bit of fun. I would love to do it in Delhi when I go back. I do not burn crackers when I am in Mumbai,I rather enjoy with candles and diyas. Mumbai is already very polluted and crackers are expensive. I enjoy when people come over and gift each other. Have a good time and enjoy yourself. Cleaning have already started. I am home and too tired after Jhalak so I am cleaning my house. This year I will go to Delhi to spend time with my family. We play cards. We visit other friends places and they visit us. That's what Diwali is all about.