Letter To The Firecracker Enthusiast

Jaibala/ November 13, 2015/ Musings

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.  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. 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 don’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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About Jaibala

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