5 Dubai Society Ladies on Their Diwali Celebrations

5 Dubai Society Ladies on Their Diwali Celebrations

Dubai divas tell us what makes Diwali so special for them…
5 Dubai Society Ladies on Their Diwali Celebrations

Malavika Varadan

RJ, CITY 1016

Diwali this year will be…
Probably all about work. Diwali is the time of concerts, parties and events so us RJs have to work really hard! But it’s fun, because attending parties is also part of the job (wink, wink!)  

Favourite Diwali memory…
It was 2007, the weekend when I got engaged in Jaipur. We had a ceremony at Nahargarh Fort, it overlooked the whole city. It was my first North Indian Diwali celebration with the entire family being there and I remember as we exchanged rings, by a huge coincidence, fireworks engulfed the city. Wow!

Favourite Diwali outfit…
I love wearing a simple silk sari, staying true to my Tamilian roots! But if I have to choose something more contemporary, it would probably be an outfit that makes one single statement – be it through cuts or colours. I won’t overdo it.

A sweet treat I can’t say no to…
Coconut barfi, besan laddoos… love them. And of course, Mysore paak and murukku.

Must-do Diwali tradition…
Since the last few years, I have been heading to my colleague and friend Tia’s house for Diwali. The celebrations are really elaborate here!

Falguni Mehta

Jewellery Designer 

Diwali this year will be…
Just more fun! We will have the regular poojas and celebrations with family but this year it will be a little different because we have moved into a new home and this is our first Diwali there.  

Favourite Diwali memory…
Every Diwali is beautiful and special but last year was extra special because we welcomed one more member into the family – my daughter-in-law! We had a nice Pooja in office, a traditional thali for lunch and some fireworks show near home. It seemed complete.

Favourite Diwali outfit…
Anything traditional. I love Manish Malhotra’s outfits but frankly, all our Indian designers are just so great.  

A sweet treat I can’t say no to…
A sweet called Indrani from Bikanerwala. It’s divine.

Must-do Diwali tradition…
The Poojas, meet and greet sessions with friends and family and getting everyone in office together to celebrate. Everything is a must-do! I love Diwali.

Neetu Ramchandani

Creative Partner, The Rack by Kachins

Diwali this year will be…
Generally doing poojas with family, organising card parties, meeting friends plus travel! This year Amazon Fashion Week will be around the same time so can’t stay away from work. 

Favourite Diwali memory…
During school days, we would get really excited about shopping for new clothes. Back then, it was a luxury, for which we would plan well in advance. Then of course, dressing up during the day and bursting crackers was something I can never forget.

Favourite Diwali outfit…
I will always be partial to my favourite designer Anamika Khanna. I love her capes, drapes, and anything she designs!

A sweet treat I can’t say no to…
I have got a major sweet tooth so it’s difficult to pinpoint just one.

Must-do Diwali tradition…
The card parties! I am not a pro at it but it’s fun to get together with friends and play card games.

Asha Dodhiya

Founder, Aroushi Spa and Salon

Diwali this year will be…
We will reunite with all those friends who have been away. So it’s going to be a meet-and-greet session and Diwali celebrations rolled into one. 

Favourite Diwali memory…
When our kids were younger, the celebrations were grand. We had continuous fireworks, lots of food and all that jazz. The togetherness made those years so special.

Favourite Diwali outfit…
It’s always a traditional sari. It could be kanjeevaram or anything else but it has to be in festive colours.

A sweet treat I can’t say no to…
Home made karanji with lots of badaam and other dry fruits. Yumm!

Must-do Diwali tradition…
I usually take part in a laxmi Pooja. Otherwise, we try and do a vinayaka Pooja at home. Diwali being a new year for Gujaratis, it’s a tradition to wish everyone and seek the blessings of elders.

Vanitaa Bhatia

Founder, Divalicious

Diwali this year will be…
…Small and intimate. I am looking forward to making rangolis with my kids and getting them to make mithai with me. It will be totally a family affair.  

Favourite Diwali memory…
It has to be the time when I would go shopping with my mother to buy new clothes. There would be so much excitement!

Favourite Diwali outfit…
A Payal Singhal lehenga. It has got print and bling, and I love both in dresses! 

A sweet treat I can’t say no to…
Malai Barfi!

Must-do Diwali tradition…
Making Rangoli with my kids and painting diyas which we then gift to family and friends

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