This Diwali… was different

 After many years I finally celebrated Diwali at Home. Diwali has always been my favourite festival. When I was a kid I would plan for my diwali crackerz months ago. I would make a list of the fireworks needed and hand it over to my dad and made sure he never missed even one of them and get them at least a fortnight before the festival. My wishes were never broken.


But this diwali had a very special feeling in itself. I had no list for the firecrackers, and no intention to make one. I just wanted this occasion to pass-by peaceful. All I did was to decorate my home with Lights of different colours and ‘Diyas’ of different shapes.

I didn’t even burst a single cracker. Didn’t even light up a ‘Fuljhari’. The very thought of polluting the environment made me stay away from all this. I didn’t want to add even a ounce of smoke to our environment. ‘Global warming’ , yes , this kept me away. The amount of pollutant we add on the night of diwali is equal to the smoke emitted by all vehicles in an Indian metro city for an entire year.

The sea levels are rising. We can feel the temperatures increasing every year. A decade ago the temperature of Kolkata on the night of Diwali was much cooler than this year. I had to switch on the a/c to sleep. Thousands of cyclones destroying properties worth billions every year. And they have the capability to wipe Human race, and they are getting stronger each year. We need to fear the Natural forces. When they strike they do it with all their force. Many creatures are getting extinct due to the pollutant added in rivers, seas etc.

It make me appeal to everyone to stop polluting the environment . You may ask what will happen if 1 person stops polluting? But that’s not the end goal. If you think straight you may have stopped at least 10 animals from extinction in the long run. Let’s keep in mind to recycle things, waste less paper, food, electricity, petrol.

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Rohit Dassani

Rohit Dassani is one of the top culinary reviewer on Zomato/TripAdvisor for the last 5years. By profession he is a IT Professional who escapes to world of food whenever he gets a chance. You can reach him via contact page or email!

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4 Responses

  1. DT says:

    well done!!!
    i never liked burning crackers, ‘coz of the pollution they create!
    and this year, none of us burnt any crackers.
    Diwali was different for us too!

  2. chitz says:

    nice thought..but i cudnt resist the temptaion of fuljharis..hoping myself for a better resolve next time..

  3. Yemiledu says:

    I am sure you did more good this Diwali than ever to all of us and the environment.
    Many of my friends I knew didn’t burn crackers this year and this really feels good to know that we are finally becoming environmental friendly.
    I never liked these crackers for the sound and air pollution they cause.But one diwali sans crackers and with diyas can be great fun too.Right?

  4. Yeah… absolutely true…. when u decorate your house with diyas and light…. it looks so beautiful!! Almost the most beautiful site ever….

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