Diwali is a season of joy & happiness in India. I look forward to Diwali (Deepavali as we call in Tamil) mainly for the sweets, time spent with relatives and for the fire crackers. One thing I despise during this time is the crowd everywhere and the traffic jams. For a month before Diwali, all the shopping districts in Chennai especially the Duraiswamy Subway and Panagal Park area becomes packed with people and vehicles from morning 8AM to night 11PM. So with Diwali about a week away I had to go for shopping today to get quite a lot of household items (Bed sheets, Pillow Covers, Towels, Trashcans & so on) – nothing to do with Diwali Shopping (Dresses & Personal Accessories), those I generally don’t do at any specific time of the year.
I went to Big Bazaar in Virugambakkam to get everything under one roof. Though I got what I wanted it took me more than a hour to navigate and get the items billed. It is Sunday afternoon and there were people filled at every square feet of the shop floor. Mr.Kishore Biyani (as he writes in his Autobiography) has succeeded in creating a typical Indian Bazaar including the chaos, sound and crowd inside his BigBazaar!