Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali everyone

Diwali, the festival of lights, the symbol of good over evil. Diwali has always been my favorite festival among all the festivals I know. The house gets cleaned and one wears good/new clothes. The house, the colony, the whole country lights up! I used to eagerly but patiently wait for the Diwali Pooja to get over so that I could start the ceremony of bursting crackers! Within an hour, some guests might come over, and it was even better if they had kids and even more better if they were my friends. But crackers bursting was the most fun. The adult males sometimes smiled, sometimes laughed as we attempted the rockets and bigger bombs! We were Army kids and so Diwali crackers should be kid's play, even for us.

My Diwali crackers bursting days started early in my childhood. I started with sparkles, and dreaded holding a lighted phuljhadi. The sparks just jumped out of it and fell on my arm, freaking me out! I got used to it and I knew that if I can handle phuljhadi, I can handle any firecracker! So I lighted/bursted them all, except the rockets because I heard all kinds of bad stories about it, especially the one that the bottle used to launch the rocket might get tilted and rocket might land in someone neighbor's house! But lighting a bomb and throwing it away, using a candle or agarbatti, I was slowly becoming a pro! And then the inevitable happened... the 10th standard Board Exams. Since 10th Standard, I didn't burst crackers. I somehow lost interest and even today I don't. I'm not being environment friendly, its just that it doesn't make sense to me anymore!

Fast forward to the present. I am typing this post on my laptop. I lit two candles at God's corner, at a corner of our apartment, and prayed (i.e., wished for many things). I also lit few candles in the verandah. My Diwali preparations done! Also, I cleaned my room! And as I sit here I hear some crackers bursting. But the intensity has reduced. Have the crackers reduced or people actually celebrating the festival have reduced? I'd like to believe the former is true. We already light up the whole country with diyas and candles, as for the sound effects, lets use modern technology to simulate cracker's noise and have a pollution free Diwali!

Happy Diwali Everyone. :)

6 comments:

Jaky Astik said...

Happy Diwali to you too, Abhishek. What I love about Diwali is the splendor and atmosphere of JoY! It simply feels bliss!

Abhishek said...

Hey Jaky!
Diwali is indeed a blissful festival! :)
Happy Diwali to you too. :)

Seema said...

Thank you so much and same to you.

Divenita said...

Happy Diwali Abhishek!
Next time se come of to our building. we will see the beautiful lights together! :D

Nice post about the fading interest.

Here's something you must read: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article2517985.ece

Abhishek said...

Thank you Seema. :)
Thanks Nivedita! Sure, next time. :)

Anonymous said...

First of all, Happy DEEPAWALI to you.
And what the hell is this - "lets use modern technology to simulate cracker's noise and have a pollution free Diwali!!"
Noise Pollution is too a kind of pollution.
Why can't we have pollution free Deepawali!! :)