Smoky and Noisy Diwali

Okay, I know I spoke a lot about Diwali in the last post, but right now, I want to talk about how Diwali, the festival of lights is fast becoming the festival of pollution [or it has, already]. It is true that this blog talks very little about the wonderful things in India and I'm sorry to be taking such a somber tone on such an auspicious day. But it isn't easy to ignore the numerous bangs and booms erupting all around... let alone the scare of walking or even driving on roads, for the fear of 'Lakshmi bombs' and 'atom bombs'. At night, the sounds are less in their decibels, but the noise is replaced by smoke. Smokes and fumes from all firecrackers and fireworks.

Diwali, is the festival of lights. It is the festival where we light divas and lamps to signify the removal of darkness from the night. Then why do we have to celebrate Diwali by degrading Mother Earth?? There were no pollution-creating fireworks in Rama's time or Krishna's or King Bali's... It simply doesn't make sense to degrade Mother Earth to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Diwali is about the time when you get to see a lot of good movies and it really does irritate me when half of the dialogues are drowned in a loud dhoom dham of a 10,000 wala firecracker. It's even worse when you're trying to find some peace and a cloud of smoke breaks into your house, disrupting your respiration. Though it is really beautiful to see the fireworks in the night sky, at least those pesky rockets don't disturb the lower layers of air, and hence leave the damage to the ozone layer alone. Other types of crackers like flower pots, chakras, etc. If it's disturbing for a teenager, imagine how it would be for the elderly people and other poor souls suffering from ill health.


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