Diwali is a time for celebration. It’s a time when people just cannot resist bursting fire crackers. I guess it’s sort of a tradition. But do I even need to write the harmful effects that these crackers have to both the environment and our health? Doesn’t everyone know them already?
I was never really fond of bursting crackers. They were far too scary. Soon my father gave up trying to turn me into a normal, likes-bursting-crackers kind of kid, and my mother decided that we were better off without the pollution, anyway. That was ages ago. And now, if I did burst crackers, all I’d end up with is a bunch of very terrified pet kittens. Of course, it might be harder to stop for those who somehow happen to like the sparks and the noises. So, obviously, I shouldn’t be making judgments.
Let’s just say, we should be willing to reduce just a bit of our fun for a good cause. I know many people who have. You could start by bursting those crackers that emit less smoke or make less noise. Or safer yet, you could just enjoy by lighting lamps and lanterns and eating lots of “faral”; I know I will! Have a happy and green Diwali!