You Know, I Can Hear Your Firecrackers

Too Loud

When it’s just too loud

It’s 6:15 am, when suddenly…

Boom…..(about 1 min silence)….Boom

And I’m not talking about the kind of “boom” you make with your mouth to scare children. This is the real shit! Window-rattling “boom”. Why, thank you neighbor. Thank you for giving me a vague idea of what life in a bloody war zone sounds like.

In certain parts of the world, people love to celebrate Diwali.

…popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival…

Somewhere along the evolution of its celebratory activities, firecrackers got included. And now, bursting firecrackers is a 5 day, anytime between 6:00am and 11:00pm affair? Seriously? I’m all for people having the liberty to practice their religious activities, but should there be a certain decorum to it – oh I dunno..nothing fancy….maybe just decency and courtesy? (It’s not like there is a government body regulating the maximum allowed decibels for the activity of bursting firecrackers) While not continuous, a 6:00am to 11:00pm window is just ludicrous. Might I suggest is a more human-friendly 9:00am to 7:00pm , “all-you-can-burst” firecracker buffet. Burst what you need to within those hours and then you stop, allowing those near you who a)may not be indulging in your celebratory protocols b)those who do not care for untimely loud bangs to, say, coexist? That’s a fair compromise, ain’t it? You get to still practice your religion and I get to … live.

Then again, rationality and/or compromise has NEVER gone together with religion.


2 thoughts on “You Know, I Can Hear Your Firecrackers

  1. I wrote about the same thing last morning, Diwali isn’t meant to be about sounds in the first place, it’s about light and celebration. Not only is the sound disturbing, it’s dangerous.

  2. @ketan: Very true. Also, if there was some sort of regulatory body that said you can burst these types of firecrackers (ones that do not cause a loud noise and set a limit) then everyone could partake and have fun. We would also not have to deal with the ridiculously loud ones for the most part. Good luck trying to get that going though.

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