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The Uttar Pradesh Tourism organised the Varanasi Hot Air Balloon Festival, for visitors to enjoy the joyous celebration of gods celebrating Diwal

By Olivia Sarkar

For most, Kaashi is the seat of the gods, one sees colourful throngs of pilgrims, a vast sacred-scape, and life-ending climactic ceremonies at the undulating ganga while navigating its crowded streets, which unfold like a broadway production and a costume drama all at once. Many seekers, literary personalities, old world flaneurs, and residents flock to the ghats at Varanasi to take their redemptive holy plunge; with its antique charm, it has served as a continual muse.

In its attempt to enchant its apostles and acolytes with another perspective, on the occasion of Dev Deepawali, the city presented another distinct perspective for travellers to enjoy its mystic appeal and floating lights on its river. The Uttar Pradesh Tourism organised the Varanasi Hot Air Balloon Festival, for visitors to enjoy the joyous celebration of gods celebrating Diwali, and see the city in all its glory from an aerial view.

hot air balloons The Festival adds this experiential repertory, in addition to its landlocked beauties. | File

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Gurupurab is a Sikh tradition and festival of celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. This year, Gurupurab is being celebrated on November 19.

Gurupurab is a Sikh tradition and festival of celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. This year, Gurupurab is being celebrated on November 19.

'Gurupurab' comes from two words namely, “guru" meaning mentor, and “purab" meaning festival. Gurupurab is also known as Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav and is celebrated will full zeal and zest throughout the world.

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The ongoing global chip shortage and supply constraints are set to mar Christmas festivities for many tech firms.

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The gaming giant depends heavily on its console business, all the while deep-pocketed rivals such as Microsoft are expanding subscription and cloud gaming services. Nintendo further stated that it "plans to continue to expand its business around the core concept of creating unique integrated hardware-software products". Sony is reportedly struggling to make PlayStation 5 consoles and has lowered its production forecast for the current financial year. Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming PC has been delayed by two months. "We did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren't reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates," Valve said in a blog post on Thursday.

According to a report in The Verge, Panic's Playdate handheld has been pushed from late 2021 to early 2022. The company said that "there are a number of other parts shortages we're trying to outsmart right now." Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer has already warned of ongoing shortages, saying that Xbox supply issues will last into 2022. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has said that the global chip shortage will linger for a lot longer, extending at least until 2023.

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Given that things have finally opened up post-pandemic, a series of Diwali celebrations were witnessed this year.

By Nimerta C Sharan

Given that things have finally opened up post-pandemic, a series of Diwali celebrations were witnessed this year. We spotted Bollywood celebrities leaving no stone unturned with their festive looks. From lavish lehengas to stunning saris, there were a variety of sparkling outfits on display. Take a look!

Priyanka Chopra
Our very own desi girl was spotted in a bright velvet sharara set from Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Statement sunglasses, chunky jewellery and a bucket bag from the designer completed the look. When it comes to head-turning fashion, Chopra leads the list with her quirky fashion choices

Festive look of Priyanka Chopra Our very own desi girl was spotted in a bright velvet sharara set from Sabyasachi Mukherjee. | IANS

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