Airport, city malls live up to Deepavali’s 'festival of lights' tag - The New Indian Express

Airport, city malls live up to Deepavali’s 'festival of lights' tag

Published: 02nd November 2013 07:24 AM

Last Updated: 02nd November 2013 10:03 AM

The Chennai Airport complex and the city’s sprawling and ever-crowded malls are among the few buildings in the city that have illuminated their exteriors — to stay true to Deepavali’s ‘festival of lights’ tag.

While it has been uncommon for the airport to get a makeover for festivals, the decision to deck up might have been spurred as the newly constructed Domestic Terminal is seeing its first Deepavali, after inauguration. Already, the airport complex in Tirusulam is an illuminated edifice standing amidst an otherwise dark expanse of land, but the Deepavali touch has really made an impact on passengers. With colourful serial lights on the trees along the driveway and the columns and counters outside, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has gone all out to bring the spirit of Deepavali to the swanky indoor terminal too.

“There are large installations of various crackers and Deepavali goodies like a flowerpot, a rocket and so many other life-sized models that really liven up the place. Large diyas that welcome people into the airport make the season festive, especially for people who are flying home,” said Preeti Krishnan, who flew to Cochin on Thursday night.

Besides the airport, it’s closest mall — Phoenix Marketcity in Velachery is also pumping up the light quotient as it gears up for it’s Thala Deepavali.

Though the theatres inside and the IMAX screens have missed their proposed Deepavali opening date, the mall has decked every inch of space available on it’s sprawling campus with lights, lights and even more lights. Even the wondow-shoppers will admit to having been dazzled at Phoenix, this week!

Ampa Skywalk has also adorned lighting installations on its building, making it really stand out in the Chennai cityscape.

As a passenger who was flying in from Delhi tweeted, “Thought there were four lighthouses in Chennai. Lady beside me said it was Diwalli at malls. God Bless Chennai!”

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