|[The beautiful pearly Queen's Necklace.]|
|[Clockwise from top: A glittering fountain; The wonderfully lit Saifee Hospital; A funny picture taken at the right moment?; A cracker blowing up.]|
I reached Marine Drive pretty early, at 6.30 in the evening, for I wanted a nice spot to watch the proceedings, but that was unnecessary, for despite the huge turnout, there was plenty of space for everyone, as the road extends for what seems like miles and getting a spot along the wide wall was easy. I was accompanied by my cousin, and the two of us sat for a while until it was dark. That's when the fun starts. When the watch read 7, it was dark enough, and soon the gloomy skies were lit up as the sounds that had been going off all around us were now supported by lights. And within an hour there were very few spots on the wall and in the skies too, firecrackers were vying for an empty spot and for our attention. No matter where you looked, you could see a burst of colour, but the golden and purple ones, stole the show. The reflection of these in the seas added to their charm. And there was plenty of my favourite kind, the kind of fireworks that burst like a drizzle of rain, what I like to call shotgun-bullt-burst firecrackers! The numerous clubs and gymkhanas all along the Queen's Necklace had their annual Diwali parties and of course, these end in a glittering display, which further decorated the night sky.
|[Clockwise from top: Throngs and fireworks; Two in a blow; Every possible spot is taken, even the flyover!; My favourite kind of firecracker, what I like to call shotgun-bullet-burst firecracker.]|
|[The mesmerising chameleonic smoke.]|
|[The Dance of Fire.]|