Diwali desires

As the festival of lights and sweets sets in again, Sangeetha Sagar speaks to people in the UAE to find out what gifts they look forward to this Diwali.Products sourced by Neha-Pandey Benjamin

  • Bhavisha Gehani, 27, from Mumbai
    "I'm going to go for the clichéd stuff! Diwali being a celebrat
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  • Adhiti Kumar,22, from Gujarat
    "Spending Diwali with family is gift enough, of course — but some je
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  • Darryl Sequeira, 45, from Mumbai
    “My ultimate dream is to have a Patek Philippe watch, and I am
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GN Focus

Mithai shops around town are all geared up to lend a sweeter note to Diwali. Traditional sweets can be purchased from various shops including Sri Krishna Sweets LLC, Puranmal, Chhappan Bhog, Mithaas, Bikanerwala, and Nirala. An array of special and exotic sweets — both dry and gravy-based — are available, including ghee, milk, badam, pista and cashew-based ones, among many others. Forget those diets, and gorge on mouth-watering kaju katlis, motichoor laddoos, barfis, pedas, patisas and mysore paks. Want to add a creative touch to your gifts? These mithai shops also give you the option to get the sweets packed in attractive handcrafted gift boxes — in various colours, sizes and shapes — to help you gift in style. Floral garlands, lights and other festive trinkets can be purchased at the numerous shops close to the Hindu temple entrance in Bur Dubai. Oil lamps, candles, lights, and pooja items can also be purchased at Choithram and Giant supermarkets and Lulu Hypermarkets, while saris and other traditional clothes can be found at the long stretch of shops in Meena Bazaar — an area where the massive celebrations always spill out onto the streets.