Shunning fireworks for the good

Shunning fireworks for the good

Festival off lights

Celebrating Deepavali, the festival of lights, means cleaning the house, wearing new clothes, spend some time with family and bursting firecrackers. Well, definitely not the last option say youngsters of the city, who feel they can make a difference by avoiding bursting firecrackers.

Once Deepavali fervour sets in the city, fireworks lighting up the sky offers a treat for the eyes.  But walking on the street at times becomes an arduous task as ‘bijli patakis’, ‘atom bombs’ and ‘laksmi patakis’ bombard you on all sides, making you wonder if you
would ever reach home safely.

A few over enthusiastic youngsters go to the extent of bursting crackers up to a length of a kilometre, making traffic stop on all sides. Adding to the menace is the occasional injury that leaves many wounded for life.

As the young brigade in the city prepares to celebrate Deepavali, City Herald caught up with a few youngsters to know how they would celebrate the festival with a difference.

Social networking

With social networking becoming a huge favourite among youngsters, Vikram Shankar, a student of National Institute of Engineering (NIE) and an NCC cadet of 1 Kar Battalion revealed that a group of friends including Nandeesh Kadengodlu also of NIE, Abhishek Rastogi of National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and Pradeep of Manipal of
Institute of Technology, have decided to go spread the message of avoiding crackers.

Presently, participating in a NCC camp comprising 200 cadets, Shankar said that the friends have decided to use social networking sites such as facebook and twitter to urge youngsters to refrain from using firecrackers.

Different approach

“While many would love to burst crackers, we have decided to take a different approach. Instead of each person buying crackers, one person would buy a few ‘rockets’ and the remaining would gather to watch the fireworks light up the sky. By doing this we would have had the fun of bursting crackers, but at the same time we would be reducing noise and air pollution,” says Shankar.

He mentioned that they are promoting their idea among as many NCC cadets as possible and our friends back home.

Watching movies

While Shankar had a novel idea to reduce pollution, Divya Pushparaj, a marketing professional, had other ideas.

She remarked that instead of spending time causing inconvenience to neighbours by non-eco-friendly habits, she and friends are planning to hit the theatres on the holiday.

While her family would celebrate the festival with the traditional pooja, she observed that the ill-effects of noise pollution had dawned on her forcing her to break away from the customary way of celebrations.

Rahul, an IT professional, things the best thing to do for the holiday is to go on a get away.

He said his company was giving him a holiday on Thursday and he would apply for leave on Friday, which would allow him a long weekend away from the din of the city.

He said his friends are planning to get away to Goa.

With the tourist season just about beginning in Goa, he hopes to enjoy the beach instead of getting shelled by ‘hydrogen bombs’.

Buying gifts

For Ravi, who got his first job after completing his graduation, the festival means spending time with family.  

 “Since I joined work this year, I want to buy them new clothes for the festival, so that they can flaunt it on the big day. Also, I would be taking them out for dinner. It’s actually been a long time since I burst crackers. The last time we probably bought a dubba of crackers was when I was in school. After that the interest died and I haven’t even thought of them,” he added.

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