Yet on this day, many locals on the streets of Mumbai didn't seem to agree with the President, who seemed to have assumed an "extraordinarily warm welcome" he referred to in his speech at the Taj. In addition to the inconvenience of having to put up with travel and access restrictions, residents are sore about having to curtail their Diwali celebrations. "It's wonderful to have him come and speak to the youth but on Diwali weekend?" Mumbai-based actor Rahul Bose said, speaking for many in Mumbai when he appeared on TV channel NDTV 24X7. "Surely somebody on the Indian side's to blame for agreeing." Diwali is the biggest, brightest, loudest Indian festival, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, and this year it fell on a Friday, giving everyone a long festive weekend of shopping and bursting crackers. But the President's visit has seriously hampered the festivities in the hip, wealthy South Bombay area of India's financial capital, nicknamed SoBo, where he will spend most of his time in Mumbai. Here, the markets were empty on Saturday - the day after Diwali, and the day of the President's arrival - at a time that would normally witness the year's biggest orgy of consumerism. Bursting of firecrackers has been banned in some areas on Saturday and Sunday - which is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas - until the President leaves for New Delhi Sunday afternoon. Marine Drive, the 3-km sea-facing boulevard in south Mumbai, was isolated, as car access was restricted from time to time during the day. Just the night before, thousands had thronged here to let off firecrackers and witness fireworks that stretched into the horizon. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...#ixzz14WwLkHIt good job mr. president....!!