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We wait for this season of festivals and celebrations one whole year.Diwali is one such festival of year which certainly change the look of our houses,this is the time people want to paint their houses with a color of hope ,happiness and prosperity and plan renovation of houses,offices....for the reason of diwali and its very shubh to do all that and for the aagman of laxmi mata.When we look upon the dressed houses wearing different lights in different style..ah! how could I forgot to mention those lazer lights which my neighbour used.More than artificial light I like diyas and to me its very inspiring.Here are a few lines :

Diwali is the festival engaging all five senses:
1) Eyes-beautiful decoration,dazzling shimmering lights,crackers emitting differt colored sparkling lights fill the    night with more artificially created starry component.
2) Nose-fragrance of flowers,fumes of delicious recipes
3) Mouth-mouth watering sweets,different flavors of traditional food favorite of tongue
4) Ear-aartis,chants on diwali,shankh,the holy bell we use in poojas
5) Touch-the wishes,hugs we exchange on diwali pull out negativity from us

What about sixth sense?To wake up the sleeping sixth sense I have one very recent incidence to share with a message.
My one very close relative,who is very dear to me,very sweet and charming boy who had entered teenage just a few months earlier,a boy so obedient and very well mannered,a son whom every parent would proud of .His father gave him a new mobile as Diwali gift and he was so excited to show it to his friends who were engaged in igniting crackers with all their innovative ideas.They showed him their new invention and fun in putting cracker in pipe.They told him that they ignited it a few minutes back but it did not burst anyhow.My innocent cousin went close to that evil pipe and peep inside to see why its not working, but the moment he went very close to it,it bursted horribly and took away the flawless skin ,happiness for this Diwali....his mother was nearby but couldn't stopped it as when she reached , her pearl of eyes turned black .His face looked smoky, for a mother its very difficult to tolerate but sometimes you have no other choice than to act with all your senses and powered by crisis with a gush of adrenaline in your blood.She called relatives for help as she was all alone but the neighbours were the first one to help and then they rushed to nearby hospital to seek immediate treatment.They washed his face several times to actually see his face and the extent of damage to the skin and the eyes which were most affected.In the meantime relatives reached that place and they called the known Opthalmologist for the eyes and thank god! he said eyes are safe but need to put lot of medicines as the skin over eyes was burnt, the forehead was also burnt badly.Today when I saw his face ,his face before the burn was waving around my thought .I tried hard to look on his face and poor eyes which were oedematous [ fluid filled] and swelling was so much that he couldn't open his eyes and all the eyelashes were itching into his eyes.God! what the hell crackers are for?

I am writing this as I couldn't sleep without pouring it out.I am so stressed out with all this.His mother was moving restlessly in hospital ,his father wearing gloves to provide comfort to the child and save him from further infections.If god gives the pain ,he gives the strength also.

Whom do you [the people who throw thousands and  flaunt in front of others that we spent that much amount on crackers] think  dupe a)Yourself   b) People   c) Laxmi Mata .
a) If yourself- then you are a fool as it will suffocate you in night as you polluted air like hell
b) If people-those who have very short memory and will never appreciate you.
c) Laxmi Mata-I don't think she will come this way.She will never enter the suffocating ambiance created by you and the noise pollution with sudden scary explosion of crackers kill the pleasure of arti,shankh,holy bell.

If such people have real money and if they want to celebrate Diwali to please yourself,the people and the Laxmi Mata then donate the amount you wanted to spend on crackers so that somebody else could celebrate Diwali too and that happiness will make you happy and satisfy your soul and Laxmi Mata will shower her blessings too.


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magiceye November 5, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

love the new look of your blog!
well said and hope people learn sooner than later that diwali is a festival of light not sound..

wish you and yours a happy eco friendly deepavali too!

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 6, 2010 at 3:24 AM  

thanks magiceye for the appreciation.Even I hope people will realize this .thanks for the wishes and same to you.

S.. Diva November 6, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

Good write up. Agree with you on the Eco friendly concept. I have been celebrating the Green Diwali for a few years now, mostly because I feel too old to burst crackers :)

RaNiiiiii November 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM  

good post pratibha.. even i had stopped burning crackers on diwali during last few years i was in India.. i wanted to write on this topic.. but thought to write something different .. check out mine..


Dr. Pratibha Singh November 7, 2010 at 12:06 AM  

thanks Sneo for visiting my blog.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

@Raniii-thanks Rani for believing my point.

Saro November 7, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

I agree that i find crackers a sore point on a celebration.. i guess people grew up thinking that diwali and crackers go hand in hand.. like maggi noodles and tomato ketchup or like bread and jam... so the idea of not celebrating it like that doesn't appeal. let's not also forget, that as a product of consumption, the making of crackers employs hundreds of people.. it's about choice.. and though some of us feel we have no choice in listening to the noise from these crackers.. we can choose to raise our children in such a manner as to detract from this association of diwali with crackers. so even if we can fix it today, we can for tomorrow. good luck for batom.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 7, 2010 at 1:16 AM  

the vicious circle needs to break down for taking things in the name of tradition without any reasoning of using crackers and that can be achieved as you said by educating and raising children with a mindset to discourage the use of crackers.Crackers not only create noise pollution but it is increasing bronchitis problem by making air unbreathable.

Amity November 7, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

I am saddened by the story you shared here...Well its not only in your place that accidents like that in your story happen...even here in our country, the Philippines. On new year's even, there are so many firecracker victims...:(

May this story of yours be read by many and would realize soon how bad it is to light firecrackers!

We have stopped using firecrackers on new year since 10 years ago. We just have to be contented watching neighbors do so. And it's safest!

All the best!

Brijender Singh November 7, 2010 at 4:47 AM  

While i agree that crackers all too often exemplify certain very unsavory truths of our lives ranging from pollution to child labour, the fact also remains that in the absence of these crackers, would Diwali generate the kind of hysteria it whips up, especially amongst the kids?
I am all for a change in the status quo but more on the lines of a pragmatic alternative to the extant practices than their forthwith abolition.

Nonetheless, appreciate the very critical issue that you have so deftly brought to the fore here.

MuddassirShah November 7, 2010 at 4:56 AM  

Pratibha ji,
A thought provoking post, a topic for debate- for and against kind of.
But believe me I loved your post and I also agree to what Brij says. Diwali without crackers is nothing.
Lets try to balance it out, have some crackers , cracker-less diwali is not diwali at all but lets make sure that we do not cross the limit

Shruti November 7, 2010 at 5:15 AM  

I stopped burning crackers too! I had a cruel experience with crackers too!

Alka Gurha November 7, 2010 at 5:34 AM  

Interesting post Pratibha...My father was doctor and I remember him attending maximum burn patients on Diwali day..

MAVERICK November 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

With all my heart and concern, I feel sorry for your family and especially for that young boy who has been the victim to the horrifying acts of crackers.Indeed our blessings are with you and that young boy, and he would be recovering very soon.
But again I would voice the feelings raised and supported by a couple of fellow bloggers, that crackers over the years have become the very essence of diwali, especially for the young ones.
The only possible solution to this is a more eco friendly, less toxic but at the same time as exciting an alternative to these crackers.

I hope a solution comes out soon. Still a post and a message well put across.

m7 November 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

i like the fact that you shared this ma'am.. since this is a narration of an accident with a dear one, it sure will be helpful in changing people's actions.

Lost in thoughts November 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

Very good message sent out via an example...

Lost in thoughts - Celebrations

Rajesh November 7, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

Nice post.
Wish you Happy Deepavali.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 2:57 AM  

@Amity-very rightly said that we can be contended by seeing our neighbours igniting fire crackers.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 2:59 AM  

@Muddasir and Brijender-alternative to fire crackers would be a better choice though we can choose the safer ones.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:02 AM  

@Shruti-even I stopped igniting fire crackers long time back.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:03 AM  

@Alka-thanks alka and being a doctor I too have seen OPD full of burnt cases on the occassion of diwali.

Pushpz November 8, 2010 at 3:47 AM  

I think elders should accompany children during bursting of these crackerrs, children are quite aive in htis...nice post :))

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:54 AM  

@pushpee-great answer .

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

@Maverick-less toxic crackers another good answer.thanks for visiting my blog and hope will visit again with great answer.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:56 AM  

@m7-thanks for believing my point.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 8, 2010 at 3:58 AM  

@Rajesh and Lost in thoughts-thanks for appreciation.

Yamini Meduri November 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

I agree...the festival of lights has lost its true meaning :)

nice post :)

All the best :)
Here is my celebration:
Ms. Meduri- Celebrations

Cherry Blossom November 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

My heartfelt concern for the wretched family and the unfortunate boy. May God bless each family and child during festive occasions. Coming to your post, I agree that its a debatable topic. Only if all the kids are supervised by adults during the firing action, hopefully such cases would never have taken place. Its the duty of every adult member to safeguard not only his family, but the entire locality to which he belongs and believe me, each individual can experience a Diwali to be cherished and earnestly awaited year after year. Wonderful post. All the best to you. Would love to get a feedback from you for my post.

Anonymous November 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

I am strictly against burning of crackers. Not only they create so much pollution and noise but they also are a big threat to birds and animals. I have seen dead birds especially pigeons.
A thought provoking post.
Best for BATOM

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 9, 2010 at 3:58 AM  

Ms Meduri-thanks a ton.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 9, 2010 at 4:01 AM  

@Cherry Blossom-Now my relative on whom this post was based is recovering and I feel somewhere blessing of the viewers like you with golden heart worked .thanks for taking time and visiting my blog.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 9, 2010 at 4:03 AM  

@tikulicious-Your presence on my blog is like an achievement to me.Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous November 9, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

That's an enriching concept... a eco-friendly Diwali!!! Green crackers..? and green celebrations!!!

Srikanth November 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

That is so sad.. How is your cousin now? I agree with your idea of having an eco-friendly diwali.. No air pollution, no sound pollution and lots of peace..

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 9, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

@thanks foolwise for appreciation .

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 9, 2010 at 8:24 PM  

@Shrikant-thanks for the concern and he is recovering now and I completely agree with you in celebration of diwali without pollution[air and sound ].

Kshitij KK Khurana November 10, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

WoW! It's like three different chapters to 1 story. I really liked the way you connected the 5 senses to Diwali. Never thought of it that way.

The second part, about the boy, is scary. But all's well that ends well I guess.

The third part is a little unclear I think. I say that because it is not necessary for someone to do something only to 'impress' someone. I think there could have been a better word than 'impress' to get the thought across. However, I totally get your idea and am with you on it... I myself have used a social awareness kind of theme for the topic.

Thank you. Loved reading the article.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 11, 2010 at 3:24 AM  

Welcome to my blog and thanks Kshitiz for appreciation and really appreciate your honest feedback.After reading your comment I read my post and edit word impress as realized was not that appropriate.

Kshitij KK Khurana November 16, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

:) Thumbs up to your attitude Pratibha.

Dr. Pratibha Singh November 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

thanks kshitij.

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