Right Now, I guess most of you might be busy forwarding images, stickers or text messages of wishing people Happy Diwali. All while you munch a chakli or eat a sweet while scrolling down, double tapping on your Instagram feed.
Back when I was a child, Diwali was a big deal. Filled with Lights, Colourful Dresses, Sweets,Food, TV Shows, Relatives and most importantly, Fireworks and Crackers.
What has changed? What are the things you did as a kid that could pull you back to the simpler times?
Let’s list them out.
1) School before Diwali
While a few have just finished their midterms and are ready for the Diwali vacation, a few kids had other plans. While the front benchers are busy jotting down the Diwali homework
topics, the backbenchers are busy plotting or even bursting a cracker or two in
the bathroom. Extra points if you burst one in the class of the teacher you
hated the most.
2) Dressing thee house.
Diwali meant cleaning up the entire house from every nook and corner. Helping mom in setting up the kitchen and the crockery, driving around with dad to buy the festivities and
setting up decorations. Lighting up the entire house. Setting up those Diwali
lightings, I thought I’d end up becoming an electrical engineer.
3) Chor-Police: PUBG ka Baap
You kids must be busy yelling “Get To The Safe Zone” playing PUBG right now. But we had our own version back in the day where the safe zone ended where the main road began in our colony. Toy Guns with reels for bullets. Cow Boys, Predators, Thieves, Policemen, Aliens from outer space. You are anything you want to be until your parents call you in to get dressed for the pooja.
4) The Cycle of Soan Papdi
Before forward texts and images became famous, one thing that was forwarded the most was THE SOAN PAPDI. Diwali, being the festival of sweets and gifts, Soan Papdi was the
easier choice. I always wondered as a kid why did our house got filled with
packets of Haldiram’s ka Soan Papdi. I then grew up to gift everyone the same.
5) The Daredevil Friend
We always knew a friend, a relative or you yourself, who was daredevil enough to burst crackers in their hands. While my friends burst bombs in their palms, I was busy
lighting up a flower pot; carefully placed in a lengthy newspaper which I then
lit up with a match, only to run a mile and cover my ears.
Brave. Wasn’t I?
At my home, Festival meant picture day. We all got dressed up prim and trim and then my dad would click a great picture on his old Kodak. Sometimes I look at those pictures because I was not fat in any of those. Alas! I shouldn’t have eaten those packs of Soan Papdi.
7) An evening of Sounds than Lights
Even as a kid, I perceived Diwali to be a festival of loud noises than colors. Evenings would
follow up with families gathering in front of their gates to start an unspoken
competition of who burst the most crackers. You run around trying to scare your
sister with a red chilly bomb all around the house while all she wanted to do was
light a small flower pot.
Waking up the next morning. Looking outside your house to see your front yard filled with the firework debris from yesterday. Now that Diwali is done, its just a matter of
days before you got back to school.
It was great to celebrate Diwali as a kid. Visiting your grandparents in your hometowns,
Relatives coming home. The gifts (I always expected money. Who wants a greeting
card. Not me).
But as I type this, the city of Delhi’s air quality index is registered as POOR. While that is just a tip of the iceberg, there are a ton of other factors which dictate you to
have a really really cautious Diwali.
Times have changed. They dictate us to bend with them as well. Celebrate Diwali by helping out. Talking to your loved ones in person than on screens. Plant a tree. Call up old friends.
We at Legit Lines wish that you Have a happy, safe and green Diwali.
Did we leave anything out? What memories do YOU have as a kid during Diwali? Let us know in the
comments section below.