The festival of lights, Diwali, is here. Every Indian household is lit with earthen lamps, decorated with colourful rangolis, flowers and aromatic with the fragrances of festive delicacies. Bollywood, despite the pandemic and restrictions, is making the most of Diwali. Himanshi Khurana is celebrating the festival of lights away from her hometown. The Punjabi actress-model-singer will be in London during Diwali, as she revealed in an exclusive chat with PeepingMoon.
Himanshi, like every social butterfly, hosted Diwali parties for her friends during Diwali before the COVID-19 era. "Parties were important during Diwali. I really miss having those gossip sessions, get-togethers over food, and fireworks. But things are different now, so precautions are mandatory," said Himanshi.
Recalling the good old days, Himanshi opened about how she celebrated Diwali as a child. "Well, Diwali in childhood was fun. It was all about wearing new clothes, making rangoli and bursting out firecrackers with friends. We would perform pujas at home and binge on sweets. It was always special to celebrate festivals with my family members," she added.
Refreshing her memory, Himanshi revealed, "I always used to save my firecrackers for the last. So, when my friends were done with their stock, I used to bring out mine and that always made me feel like a winner!"
For Himanshi, Diwali was incomplete without firecrackers. Despite this, she is of the opinion that they are harmful to the environment. Coming up with a solution, she told us that people can opt for firecrackers that are relatively harmless. "Firecrackers are always harmful to nature. The smoke produced by fireworks stays for a long time and affects human beings too. If not a cracker-free Diwali, you can choose those which are relatively less harmful to the environment. After all, Diwali is the festival of lights.
When asked whether eco-friendly Diwali is the need of the hour, Himanshi shared, "Right now yes. Seeing all sorts of natural calamities, the rise in pollution and global warming, we all need to be conscious. We all need to live healthy and prosperous life.