Thursday, October 23, 2014

Don't let the festival of noise kill the festival of light

Diwali or Deepawali, the festival of light symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.

Thus goes a beautiful prayer [source]:

Thamasoma jyothirgamaya, From darkness, lead to light,
Asathoma sadgamaya, From untruth, lead to truth,
Mrityoma amritamgamaya, From death, lead to life,
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi, Let there be peace, peace, peace

Diwali today has unfortunately turned unto an occasion that leads to more distress than peace. People with heart ailments, asthmatics, infants and animals will have a tough time today. There will be death and injury due to improper and unsafe use, transfer and manufacturing of crackers. There will be loud bangs and dark clouds of smoke instead of light.

A lot of money [Rs. 5000 crore+] is going to be literally burnt today. Crass commercialization has claimed this celebration too!

Don't let a festival of noise and pollution kill the beautiful festival of light. Do your bit to reverse this trend. For those who have not yet lighted the flames to your bundle of bank notes, please head to and see how you can really light up someone's life with the same money you were about to burn. Buy little diyas from the potters on the street-side and decorate your house with them.

Trust me, you will be happier :)

Happy Diwali!

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