Letter To The Firecracker Enthusiast

Jaibala/ November 13, 2015/ Musings/ 30 comments

Dear Firecracker Enthusiast,


I am writing as a mother of a three year old who hasn’t slept for three nights. I have spent all these nights trying to pacify a scared and crying child. I have spent these nights covering his ears so that he doesn’t hear the noise that he fears so much.


I am sure that you are wondering how this concerns you. You see, those things that my son is scared of are your firecrackers. I am not here to give you any lecture about pollution, garbage, animals or even the sick elders. Though I must confess that, I am seriously judging you for having no heart and not being human. Also I have no concern for you wasting your money and time on this momentary joy. Like I said I am no moral police nor am I a hypocrite.


I admire you and your enthusiasm in celebrating the festival. In fact the crackers haven’t stopped for three days now. That is some commitment towards blowing and burning things up.


But I have one problem, your lack of understanding the word deadline. You know that part of law that says you cannot do a certain thing – in this case burst firecrackers, beyond a certain time limit.


You see deadlines were created so that people like us who have no sense of your kind enjoyment can sleep. Also these very deadlines help us so that we don’t have to spend all night closing the ears of a three year old so that they can sleep too. You know what sleep is right – and it essential for us poor human you see!


I also admire the fact that safety doesn’t concern you. Safety is a concern for people like us, not for people like you who have been living life on the edge for these three days.ย  But please don’t burn down my house. You see, it is very difficult for me to pacify a scared and crying child and watch out for the rockets that pass by my window, lest the next one might come in and set fire to something. I am sure your family would not like to face the after effects of the risks you take.


I really love this festival of Diwali. It ranks up there as my second favourite.ย The top favourite is Raksha Bandhan in case you are wondering. And I have no moral lessons on how to celebrate this festival. Really I respect your way, I just implore you to respect mine and of course pay heed to the law.


I can understand how difficult it is for you to understand and regard the concern of others? Who does that right? Who thinks of other people, when you are thinking of your enjoyment, nothing should come in the way of that. Who bothers about the pollution and sound, when in that little moment seeing the crackers burst give you so much joy, no that moment of joy above anything else. And for sure who cares about animals, birds and the environment when you donโ€™t care for other humans.


The problem is we have become a highly apathic society. So you might just dismiss this as an angry rant of a mother. But I hope you realise that this is not just my problem, I am just the one insane enough to voice it.


This is not a moral lesson, or a lesson in behaviour, or even one on humanity. This is just a simple plea to follow basic laws and ensure the peace and safety of the living beings around you.


I hope that this Diwali rids us all of our apathy toward each other. We could use some real celebrating and joy. Let us all work towards a Happy New Year and a true new beginning.


From a sleep deprived, migraine inflicted, concerned mom.


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Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. I bursted fire crackers this year like every year . This year was no different however for the last few years I have not bursted any sound crackers and also since I have a 4.5 year old son I have requested everyone to lessen the sound crackers. There are pockets in Kolkata where this has gone beyond permissible limit where as I guess for most of us who have enjoyed within a housing complex the guidelines were adhered to. Wishing you and your family a very happy belated Diwali too.
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    1. Yes, it is abut being considerate towards others. That is all that is needed to be human, on these days. It is a festival of togetherness and community. Glad you enjoyed the festival Anindya. Happy Diwali to you and your family too.

  2. I know how difficult it is with all the sounds around when you are trying to make the little one sleep. Hope people understand this and at least not burst crackers at odd hours. There are so many things like this which are happening around us especially during festivals and I don’t know when its going to change. Hugs to you and S.
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    1. Ah. well have given up the hope of these people gaining any common sense. Hugs back Deepa

  3. I’m in that situation currently, trying to keep Bluey inside and away from the loud sounds. Seriously deadlines on head and a crying baby not getting sleep in the worst situation!
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    1. Yes Tina, I get that sense and it is not great to have that kind of pressure with deadlines on the head. But, sometimes we just have to learn to deal with it.

  4. ๐Ÿ™
    I hope you and S are back on your feet now!!
    I totally understand your concern – we stopped bursting firecrackers because ma has asthma…
    And until she started yoga, I used to see how she suffered during those 3 evenings ๐Ÿ™
    How I wish people started paying heed to deadlines and safety rules during Diwali! It will make the festival all the more joyful..

    1. Oh yeah, much better now Pix. But I guess the sleep deprivation from then is playing havoc on my health now. People unfortunately were concerned only about their enjoyment and not about the others around them.

  5. Oh Jaibala! So sorry to hear this. I hope you and S are fine now.
    Yes it is true. I had to be at work by 5am the next morning after Diwali and imagine the plight! I couldn’t sleep even for five minutes. People should have a sense of time at least!
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    1. Yes Shalini that is the least we can expect of people, but apparently that is too much. We are fine now, I hope you did not suffer much for their enthusiasm

  6. Seriously it makes me mad that people really don’t care. Just respect the deadlines is all we say. I think the menace is much more in Mumbai and Delhi than here thankfully. Really sad.

    1. Yes, just a little consideration and respect for the law, is what is needed and sadly that is lacking. I am so glad that people there in Bangalore have a little more sense of Humanity.

  7. Sympathize with your feelings, hope the execution of laws get tougher (like they have in the US). Have a happy festive season!

    1. Yes I hope that enforcement of laws are better soon. Wish you and Saru a very happy Festive season too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I can feel your pain. I know how hard it is for us when the little ones are all scared and sleep deprived.
    I haven’t lived in India for almost 6 years now, so I can’t say I have experienced the same thing, but I feel aggravated at the lack of common courtesy and respect for laws. The thing is that these people know that there will be no consequences. The law enforcement in India is a joke, and that is why these deadlines are not taken seriously. Sigh.
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    1. True that Law Enforcement is a joke, the way these people blatantly did it again for two days after having been told about the issue was just sad. Also scary because when they did it again it was knowing that they were causing problems to a lot of others.

  9. An honest post Jaibala.
    I have a god child and this one year old visited me 3 days before Diwali. With the crackers around, she was so scared. I saw tears in her eyes and fear on her little face. I can imagine how hard it must be for children. And no one follows dead lines in Bangalore too. The street on the morning after Diwali were a mess ๐Ÿ™

    1. Aww. That is precisely the problem, people really have become such a non caring bunch, and I thought having a heart set us apart from beasts. I guess I was wrong, at least in the case of such people.

  10. I’m facing the same problem in my area. Worse, it’s a forty-something guy who seems like he missed out on the ‘joys’ of fire and ash as a kid. His experiments with fireworks go on till 2 in the night. I wish i could stuff his mouth (or other orifices) with a rocket and fire him out of the area.

    Gave him a piece of my mind last evening. Hope tonight is peaceful.

    Make a group and go give the fire addict a piece of your mind.


    1. Glad you found a solution to your problem. Unfortunately my problem is a whole bunch of people and not a single person. It just takes reason and simple understanding, on the person’s part to avoid such circumstances.

  11. Crackers are the only reason I don’t like Diwali. Some people go all the way to show off their irresponsibleness and insensitiveness during this time. Diwali in Bangalore was horrible with burning crackers in the street. My son hasn’t experienced that yet as we were never in India during that time. He would have a hard time to survive in all that noise and chaos. But yeah, last year while we were in India, there was a festival in the nearby temple and all night long they burst crackers, very loud ones, and he was scared and didn’t sleep even a bit for those 2 days!
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    1. Vinitha, I understands, crackers here are everywhere. I just wish that these people stop and think about what they do to kids, elders, animals and birds, the environment. Its not that hard to be sensitive towards your own future. But then they just don’t get it. 4 days of this I have had now, and 4 days of a Migrane. And with kids its so hard, the fear once it sets in just doesn’t go away.

  12. It was heartfelt and absolutely well said.
    Its every mum’s concern, glad u voiced it. Moreover, its not just children who get affected, its worse for the elderly. I do not understand whats the point of celebrating a Diwali that brings in more toxic, polluted air..

    1. Manjulika, Thanks for reading, I am so glad. You know I debated before hitting the publish button, but then realised that this needs to be said. For the sake of all Mothers and any living being. Life would be so much easier if people just showed little concern and respect for everyone.

  13. So true!! They don’t realize the harm they do towards everyone. Let this festival go and let come Christmas and New Year, this show will be worldwide then! It feels bad for few moments of mere joy what we, humans, have become.
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    1. How will they realise the harm they are causing when they are caught up in the momentary joy of the crackers? I just hate that they have to keep doing it in the middle of the night.

  14. Nice one, Jaibala.
    But sadly such letters won’t do much to those who are hell bent on disturbing the peace.
    But yes, at least we got it off our chest.
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    1. True that, I am typing this with a background of laxmi bombs and ladis going off. I wish we could do more.

  15. Dear Firecracker Enthusiast,

    Please read this letter from my friend and stop bothering her beyond that deadline, so her son can sleep peacefully, and so can she. She’s also a writer who needs peace to, well, write. The quicker you do that, the quicker things can go back to normal soon.

    Hoping you heed the letter and my request,

    Warm regards,
    A friend-deprived me.

    1. The more people speak up, hopefully they will hear the voices. Though I doubt it because they are still bursting. I wish that something can change.

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