When the Diwali season hits up north, it’s all about house parties {with BBQ sometimes} thanks to the onset of beautiful winters. To erase the gloom of grey skies, we often end up spending the Diwali week {it’s a thing} at taash parties. Now, for those of you missing home, here’s how you can recreate the Diwali magic in Mumbai.

Cleaning Act

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Photo source: My Didi

Now when it comes to pre-Diwali cleaning, the regular maids usually make a face and ask for a ‘bonus’. So, we found a better and more professional alternative in My Didi. They charge on a hourly basis and have a deep-cleaning package {they sort out your cupboards as well} starting at INR 299 per hour. You can also hit them up the day after – they’ll pick up those beer bottles without scoffing.

Book one here.

Play Your Cards Right

Photo source: The Irish House

Photo source: The Irish House

Pick up a party package for games at INR 1,500 {they have a set of board games and cards} or go berserk with a karaoke machine {starting at INR 2,600}, both of which can be  rented from Eazy Leazy.

Order The Hooch

Photo Source: Cafe D'Wine

Photo Source: Cafe D’Wine

Keep this list of wine shops that being card machines home handy. Because the last thing you need is standing in an ATM line when you’re tipsy.

Get Some Food

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Photo source: Andamental

Now this can be a little tricky considering everybody has different taste palates and geographical preferences. Egg lovers can hit up Andamental in Andheri or Italy in a box, southies can gorge on some baos from Bao Haus and Linking Road now has a fries {and wedges} haven in VJ Cafe.

Music

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Photo source: Google Play

May we suggest some music to groove to before it turns into a 90s music video throwback or an all-out Govinda fan fest? Streo lets you live stream gigs from all over the world, including those that are happening in Mumbai at Anti-Social or Aer Lounge. The app, which is available for download on both iOs and Android, allows you to choose by artist or venue to listen to past and present music concerts.

Check out the Streo app on Android here and on iOs here.

Featured photo: Aman Deshmukh/LBB