Yes, you know what I mean. The biggest threat during Diwali is the noise pollution generated.
And the smallest victims are children and animals. These creatures don't understand why someone goes out of their way to create noise and strike fear into the little bodies that stand around.
When Gy first saw a fireworks display, it was with her hands pressed firmly over her eyes. While the bright colours and sparkling lights elicited "oohs" and "Wows" from everyone else at a public show, she adamantly refused to see anything that followed the sound of a loud "boom".
The next evening, as hubby and I tried to interest her in the merry dance of a few "floral" lights (unaccompanied by bursts and bangs), she clung to me as if her life depended on it.The memory of those lights preceded by loud noise had sealed the image in her mind.
Perhaps, all things considered (pollution, noise levels, increased rates of crackers, floundering economy) it may make sense to go in for a clean, eco-friendly Diwali next year onwards.
After all, Diwali needs to light up our lives-it can do so in the warm, glowing diyas in the four corners of our homes. Happy Diwali everyone!
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