Diwali for most of us is the time to be super busy. The frenzy around preparing for Diwali for so many Indians is a way of life. For me personally, as the calendar ticks towards the D-day, I keep raking my mind for things I could do for my house. Once all the shopping is done I begin my Do It Yourself ‘DIY’ quest. The best thing about decking up my house the DIY Projects way is the uniqueness it renders+* to my festivities. Also the time and commitment that goes into creating various things motivates me to look forward to more and more guests because I know that my mum-in-law will very enthusiastically show off the décor inviting approving and appreciative feedback from all guests. There are a few things that are on my ‘DIY’ agenda every Diwali. Yet there are some ideas that come to me in a ‘eureka’ moment and steal me off my nights’ sleep a day or two before Diwali. Continue Reading
The recent ban on firecrackers in the capital and NCR region to keep the pollution levels under control has surprisingly invoked mixed reactions from the elite and the masses. I say surprisingly because only yesterday I stumbled upon a ridiculous statement by a “youth icon” and “influencer” who declared firecrackers as indispensable part of Diwali celebrations and that it is a setback for the Hindus. I am sure that every Delhite Hindu with some sense and conscience must be relieved at such a directive from the judiciary and would already be anticipating the extent of benefit it will do for the city and adjoining areas.
And all those in other parts of the country have a reason to be happy because somewhere a beginning has been made. We can now at least hope that this directive may find extension and expansion to other metros and cities too and have the privilege of experiencing the benefits of the same.
Personally, I gave up on firecrackers around 10 years back when I witnessed live an accident averted by a close margin when the cracker rocket lost direction and almost got into the window of a neighbor. Continue Reading