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The Festival of Lights (and Sound!!)

Sitting in the office on Diwali's eve, my Inbox is flooded with mails from people wishing a very happy Diwali. I give them a cursory glance and then Shift+Delete them as all of them are sent to a Distribution List. You just happen to be in that DL!! Everybody in the office is in a celebratory mood but I am worried about packing my stuff in boxes and moving them (I am shifting to a place near the office).

Anyways, I too have bought some crackers and diyas this time, nothing high-profile though as I will be shifting soon. The decision to buy crackers was a tough one. When I was a kid, I just loved bursting crackers and often had a fight with my father to buy more crackers. ;) All that changed when I was in class 10th and was highly influenced by the 'Avoid fireworks' movement. I shunned bursting crackers, thinking that I am doing my bit for the environment; much to the delight of my father. (He always said that buying crackers is like putting money on fire!). The inner devil tried its level best to lure me into it again but gave up after a couple of years.

But this year, a small incident prompted me to cave in. I was returning from office one evening and saw a small kid lighting a phuljhadi. He seemed so happy. And just of out of the blue, he offered me one. All the memories of my childhood rushed back the moment I touched that phuljhadi stick. From then I could not resist the temptation.

So all you folks, buy some crackers (which are less polluting) and enjoy Diwali. Here's wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali again!!

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  1. Sir hume maloom nahi tha ki aapme ek lekhak chhupa hai.. bahut khub likhte hoon.

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  2. Diwali without crackers.. i tried it once but i shud confess it was hell boring..What is Diwali without lighting up the sky with rockets, or throwing chatai bombs or evn the simple fuljhadi .. its as if u take colors out of holi.. i am not saying we should completely disregard the rules or forget pollution but the occasional fun within limits adds that bit of tangy achar to the diwali Thali which is so full of sweets :)

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