With Diwali on a Sunday this year, several people have decided to take off for holidays to different places. Since kids have their school Diwali vacations on, most people intend to spend at least a week off from their busy schedules.
For those who work round the clock, even a three-day sabbatical is a boon. That is what Kalyan Bhowmick, a Nerul resident, plans to do in his three-day trip to Goa along with his friends. “Along with my job, I am also pursuing executive MBA, and so I am busy even on weekdays. It is a boon that Diwali this year is on a Sunday, the reason we planned this trip,” said Bhowmick. He added that in over four years of his stay in Navi Mumbai, he never got the opportunity to go to Goa. “I have heard lots about Goa as an apt place for spending holidays and I am particularly looking forward to the visit to Colva Beach.”
Many, who are going to their native places will be there before Diwali, in order to celebrate the festival with their friends and families. Sejal Mayur Sapra, a Vashi resident, will be going to the Adinath Temple in Palitana, Gujarat on November 3, not only along with her immediate family but also with a group of 15 other friends and family members. Also, she took a short detour to Goa to have fun before making the journey to the temple.
“We reached Goa on October 28 and will be staying here for a few days to visit a few famous locations and have fun,” said Sapra. She added that since they are a large group, they will be staying in a dharmashala in Gujarat where accommodation is comfortable and inexpensive.
Soma Das, a Seawoods resident has planned a nine-day long vacation. She along with her husband and kid will be going to their parents’ place in Kolkata with plans of celebrating the festival there with her family members and in-laws. “We will be reaching there on November 3 so as to be present for the Kali puja at home. Also, I will be able to attend my nephew’s annaprasan ceremony that will be held during this time, so there is a lot to look forward to,” she said. She added that since the Diwali vacations are already going on, she doesn’t need to worry about her son’s studies.