16 January, 2021

Son et Lumiere: Sparklers Club

It was a feast for Londoners, a fast for Arundhati Roy, tonnes of fun for Malleshwari, and abroad at Cairo for the Ambanis and the Godrejs with "good friend" Amar Singh, an empty nest syndrome for Moon Moon Sen, party time for the brand-new 10-millio

Son et Lumiere: Sparklers Club
Karnam Malleshwari
Ihave bought crackers worth Rs 2,000. I haven’t paid the shopkeeper yet," laughs Rajesh Kumar Tyagi. The drawing room of Karnam ‘Sydney’ Malleshwari’s in-law’s five-room house in Haryana’s Faridabad is littered with ‘bombs’ and ‘rockets’ that Rajesh has bought to celebrate his wife’s first Diwali with the family. It’s a special day for the Tyagi family. "I am celebrating Diwali after 11 long years. This is the first time in the last three years of marriage that I am at home on a festival day," says an emotional Karnam, in between shouting to Rajesh to stay away from the crackers. "Guess I am celebrating Sydney today. This is a very special day for me," she adds, with tears in her eyes. Dressed in a bright silk saree and loaded with jewellery, Malleshwari’s unmindful of the steady stream of guests and the incessantly ringing telephone. She is child-like in her enthusiasm and enjoying every moment of it. "I spent four hours in the evening to decorate the rangoli today. I tried my hands on it after a very long time, and am happy...


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