Come Karva Chauth and women get busy to ensure that their look for the occasion is just right. Fabulous saris, amazing jewellery, makeup — there’s a lot that goes into making sure that everything is on point.

Apart from designer attire, the one thing that is of utmost importance in one of the biggest festivals in north India is the mehendi. Whose design was better, whose was darker and who got it done for a cheaper rate – there’s a lot to be considered there. Especially when women end up forking out so much for it. “I wanted a fabulous design without paying too much for it toh main teen din pehle hi lagvane aa gayi hu (I got my mehendi applied three days in advance). Last year, I ended up paying Rs 2,100 because I couldn’t find time beforehand and the rates had skyrocketed. This year, I’m not taking any chances,” says Naresh Rohilla, a resident in West Delhi. But did she not bargain? “Haggle karo toh bahut bura design lagate hain (if we haggle with them, they will make really bad designs) Or it just won’t darken at all. What is the point of that?” she laments.