Diwali Diaries: Delhi's B-Town beauties like to spend the festival with family and friends

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Diwali Diaries: Delhi's B-Town beauties like to spend the festival with family and friends

Bollywood actresses Taapsee Pannu and Richa Chadda talk about how they plan to celebrate Diwali this year.

Diwali is here!

While we prepare to ring in the festival of lights this evening, Bollywood divas are not lagging behind. Our B-Town hotties also take time out of their busy schedule to celebrate Diwali with their near and dear ones.

Taapsee Pannu and Richa Chadha are two of GenNow's most talented lights. Incidentally, both actresses originally hail from Delhi. In an exclusive chat with Mail Today, they recollect childhood Diwali memories and share their plans of celebrating the festival this year.

RICHA CHADDA

I am a Delhi girl and fly off to celebrate Diwali with folks whenever I get the chance. However, it is not always possible. In the film industry there are no Sunday, Diwali or Christmas. I have been lately busy with my next release Jia Aur Jia. I still don't know if I can make it home on time.

Diwali is always about family. When I am in Delhi during the festival, I have a blast. We have extended celebrations. Relatives come over and I get a chance to be with cousins. I love lighting diyas and decorating the house.

Finally, an appeal. For a few seconds of light and sound don't burst crackers. Everyone suffers from noise and air pollution, especially babies and animals. Look outside. The smog is disturbing.

TAAPSEE PANNU

I have taken out time from work schedule and flown to hometown Delhi this year, to be with my family and relatives. I want to enjoy a lovely meal with my dear ones, make rangoli with my sister like we used to as kids, and decorate the whole house with diyas.

To me, Diwali is about meeting those I love, and spending as much time together as possible. It is a time to get together for a feast, to spread lots of laughter and catch up with folks you do not have the time to meet all year round.

For me, there is nothing like a gala family dinner to bring the entire family together. Being a single woman who lives away from home in Mumbai, that is something I look forward to.

I feel the cracker ban is justified. Let us light diyas and candles, spend a clean green Diwali with our folks and thank God for all that we have been blessed with, instead of spreading noise and air pollution.