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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

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  • Published: 00:00 October 23, 2011
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  • Bhavisha Gehani, 27, from Mumbai
    "I'm going to go for the clichéd stuff! Diwali being a celebration of lights, I would love to have lots of fragrant candles to brighten up my home."
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Bhavisha Gehani

27, from Mumbai

"I'm going to go for the clichéd stuff! Diwali being a celebration of lights, I would love to have lots of fragrant candles to brighten up my home."

We recommend: Crabtree and Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn's highly concentrated home fragrance oil and candles beautifully enhance living spaces with the scent of rosewater.

Available at Crabtree & Evelyn, Mall of the Emirates, for Dh90 (Rosewater room spray 100ml), Dh60 (Rosewater environmental oil 10ml), Dh255 (Rosewater poured candle) and Dh270 (Rosewater fragrance diffuser)

Glenda Peterson

30, from Bengaluru

"I am still in search of a perfume for all the parties I'll be attending on that day!"

We recommend: Beyond by Anna Dello Russo

This signature fragrance by Anna Dello Russo uses the essence of vanilla mixed with almond, creating a scent inspired by the memories and the flavours of childhood. This fragrance comes in a golden, slipper-shaped bottle, reminiscent of a romantic fairytale. Ingeniously designed for super portability, it's just the right size to fit into your clutch. Make sure to keep the shiny shoe on your dressing table as a memento once you have finished with the fragrance!

Available at Symphony, The Dubai Mall, for about Dh225

Sanchari Mukherjee

25, from Kolkata

"I have a sweet tooth, and as long as I get either some of the traditional mithais (sweets) or chocolates for Diwali, I will be happy as a lark."

We recommend: Forrey & Galland

This attractive tailor-made velvet box contains 32 pieces of assorted French chocolates and sweets. Grab it to add a very sweet note to your celebration.

Available at Forrey & Galland, The Dubai Mall, for Dh420

Amit Ghosh

41, from Kolkata

"I would like to usher in Diwali in style this year — and what better way to proclaim style than withan Apple iPad!"

We recommend: iPad 2

Browse the web, read and send email, enjoy photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books… the list is endless. iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 per cent thinner and up to 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

Available at all leading electronic stores for Dh2,199 (16 GB with Wi-Fi) and Dh2,599 (32 GB with Wi-Fi)

Vijay Jethwani

31, from Mumbai

"I have been waiting to get my hands on a digital camera from Olympus for a very long time — and Diwali seems like the perfect occasion to finally get one!"

We recommend: Olympus X-940

The Olympus X-940 digital camera offers an incredible 14-megapixel resolution. Despite its slim dimensions, it manages to accommodate a whole host of clever functions. Digital Image Stabilisation will reduce any blur, while AF tracking will ensure sharp photos wherever your subject moves. It's great for portraits too, thanks to Advanced Face Detection.

Available at all Sharaf DG stores, for Dh399

Darryl Sequeira

45, from Mumbai

"My ultimate dream is to have a Patek Philippe watch, and I am really hoping that this dream comes true on Diwali! Anyone listening?"

We recommend:Patek Philippe 18 karat gold chronograph wristwatch

This timepiece is rare, attractive and guaranteed to turn heads.

Available at the Patek Philippe store, The Dubai Mall. Price on request

Shankari Subramanian

60, from Chennai

"I came across a very pretty-looking watch while out shopping at a mall recently — and I would like to have nothing but a watchof the same kind this Diwali."

We recommend: Theia

This ladies' watch made in France has a white dial and silver metal strap, and is 5ATM water resistant. Keep time in style with this one!

Available at Damas for Dh65

Adhiti Kumar

22, from Gujarat

"Spending Diwali with family is gift enough, of course — but some jewellery will be excellent too!"

We recommend: Pure Gold Diwali set

Pure Gold's new collection consists of a gold and diamond pendant in the shape of a flower on an 18 karat gold chain, and a pair of beautiful earrings in 18 karat yellow gold with sparkling diamonds. Add a brilliant and elegant touch to your Diwali with this set.

Available at Pure Gold jewellery stores, for Dh2,799 (pendant) and Dh2,499 (earrings); but on this auspicious occasion the pendant and earrings together cost only Dh4,999!

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