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Diwali is on 27th October 2019 and that means the time of the year has arrived when you have to buckle up and first of all make lists. A list of things you need to renovate or redecorate your house, things you need to cook the delicious meals, people you need to gift, and what to gift. This is also the time of the year when you will see flashes of sales going on in various shops to lure you. But don’t lose your track and stick to your list only and that way you will save much.

This festival of lights is all about a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Diwali is also about removing all sorts of darkness from life and filling it up with hope and positivity. The exhilarating celebration includes homework and the homework is nothing but shopping. Your home needs to dazzle up to welcome the blessings of Lakshmi Devi and other guests. The gifts need to be sorted because they are the token of your love, respect, and gratitude.

So, here is a list of things that you can shop for and impress your friends and family members easily.

Designer Diyas
Designer Diyas
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Buy it for yourself and also for others because this is the most relevant Diwali gift that resonates with the spirit of this bright festival. You will come across varieties of designer diyas available in sets. Some are designed like diyas but have candle wax in them and they are easier to lit up as you don’t need to put oil and cotton in them. But you can choose the beautifully colored clay diyas for those who prefer traditional things.

Designer Dresses
Designer Dresses
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For your darling wife or daughter, you can opt for a designer label dress. Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi Mukherjee are all-time favorites in the list of the ladies. And anything created by them would make your wife or daughter or mom or girlfriend happy.

Personalized Gifts
Personalized Gifts
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There is nothing better than personalized gifts when you have to show your reverence and gratefulness towards someone. You can order for personalized mugs, LED cushions, photo frames, chopping boards, lamps, etc. for your parents. In fact, you can settle for one type of personalized gift for everyone in your family. All you need to do is search the best photographs of your family members and select a product type to get that perfect Diwali gift.

Jewelry
Jewelry
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A Diwali gift for your wife or girlfriend must be special. Buying gold and silver is considered auspicious during Dhanteras – the 1st day of Diwali. So, walk into a jewelry showroom and take advantage of their deals or offers and buy jewelry for your wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter.

Kitchen Essentials
Kitchen Essentials
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For your mom or aunt or a friend who loves to cook, you can settle for kitchen essentials. During Diwali, most of the online portals run lucrative sales where you can shop for those items you are looking for. A set of induction-friendly containers, colorful pressure cooker, cool storage boxes, a gorgeous set of tea port & cups with saucers, etc. There are various items to impress your loved ones.

Home Décor Items
Home Décor Items
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There are so many things that fall under home décor that you will be flooded with choices. So, it’s better to jot down the likes and dislikes of your friends or relatives before buying a home décor item for them. For example, someone who loves to read books would appreciate a funky bookend. Someone who is a believer in Feng Shui would love a lucky turtle or wind chime. Therefore, look out for fancy lamps, bright curtains, decorative door soans, or quirky posters and shop the best ones for Diwali.

Plants
Plants
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Due to the incessant use of firecrackers during Diwali, the level of pollution goes up, especially in the metro cities. So, plants would be a great gift cherished by your family and friends. On any weekend or while returning from work, go to a nursery and pick up some plants that are easy to care for and are fuss-free. Given the shortage of space in all the modern houses, indoor plants or bonsai or terrariums would be a great choice. They will break the monotony of the household objects and furniture apart from boosting oxygen supply.

Chocolates
Chocolates
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This is a thing that can be given to anyone and everyone would love it. Those who face a lack of time to go out and shop or to look online and shop can simply send the mouth-watering boxes of chocolates. The branded ones or the exotic ones – both will work wonders. Those chocolates in the shape of a diya or “HAPPY DIWALI” written on them are also gaining popularity. So, choose the chocolates wisely and surprise your best buddies or relatives.

We hope these shopping ideas would help you a lot to surprise your friends and family this Diwali. So, hurry up and hit the stores to avoid the last-moment rush.

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”   

– George Burns

Indian Millennials know the struggle of facing relatives. You are happy to see some and others, well you just fear to talk to. Of course, you love your family but at times, you can not stand them. It is weird when your relatives keep asking you your plans for the future and you haven’t decided on what you’re going to have for dinner! There are many awkward situations like this you face around your relatives when you do not know what to answer and end up lying. Let’s take a look at 5 super awkward and embarrassing situations:

1) When Are You Getting Married?
When Are You Getting Married?
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If you are over 25 and not married, then this is the most common question your relatives will ask you. When are you getting married is one question I fear the most! Those overly poking aunties and creepy uncles will crawl from nowhere during family gatherings and haunt you for life with this question. It seems like the sole purpose of their life is to get you married and they’ll often say ‘Umar hogayi hai ab tumhari beta’, like seriously? Getting married isn’t about age but about when one is ready.

2) Meeting a Relative You Don’t Know!
Meeting a Relative You Don’t Know!
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You’re standing in the corner at family functions, minding your own business when this aunty shows up and says ‘Pehchana? (Recognize me?)’. Now it is a really tough situation because you haven’t seen her in your entire conscious life and you don’t know what to say next. You fear that if you say no, she will be offended and if you say yes then you’ll have to talk without knowing who she is. Moreover, when they remind you of who they are, they will make sure it is embarrassing for you. The Aunty will start by saying ‘I am so and so from so and so, remember? Oh my, you have grown so much! When I last saw you, you used to run around the house naked.’

Like no aunty! I was 2 years old, you didn’t have to remind me of that. It is even more dreadful when you have to make a small talk with them and the awkward silence!

3) Political Discussions at Family Gatherings
Political Discussions at Family Gatherings
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It’s a trap! Do not say a word. It gets really uncomfortable when one of the uncles start talking about politics or other debatable topics during a family gathering. He will probably have a really strong opinion about that topic and will turn the healthy discussion into a heated debate. He will not listen to a single word which does not support his statement. If you have different opinions, then you will be caught between whether to say or not to! You might feel his way of looking at things is too narrow but, then if you say anything, he will lecture you for hours. It bothers you but, you need to stay shut because ‘Izzat! (Respect!)’.

4) Talking About Your Academics & Career
Talking About Your Academics & Career
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I am sure most of you must have come across such situations when your relatives question you about academics and career. It is okay till the time they ask you about the course you took up in college or about what your job profile is.

It starts to get uncomfortable when they start to question your choices and results. Questions like ‘Why did you take up arts and not commerce or science?’, ‘You did engineering to become a creative writer?’, ‘A model? But what after marriage?’, ‘How much do you earn?’ and the questions go on!

It is so awkward when all you need to tell them that your choices are yours to make and that you know what is best for you. You want to tell them to quit asking your earnings because it is plain rude but you just can’t answer!

5) The Aur Batao Shenanigans (Tell me more)
The Aur Batao Shenanigans
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You have successfully done your part of greeting your relatives and making a small talk without embarrassing yourself and you are ready to turn around and leave. After all this aunty ji and uncle ji are still not satisfied and use the bomb ‘Aur Batao Beta!’

It is a panic situation because you don’t know what to say while uncle & aunty are relying on you to take the conversation further.

We are from the generation of sarcasm, and when our relatives ask us questions we do not want to answer, all these sarcastic replies start to pop up in our minds. We just can’t reply with all the amazing & funny replies and that is what makes it even more awkward. All we can do is laugh, nod our heads and try not to cry or shout!

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