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Diwali Diwala!

Rajesh , 2788

Finally, the season of temporarily-life-altering festivities is over, followed by a short span of depression and relief at the same time. Depression because until next Diwali, the skies won't be full of fireworks, the lanes will not glitter with decorated houses and because we won't get to taste a thousand varieties of sweets. And lastly, that which very possibly is the sole reason for depression:the Diwali break is over! Relief, because those days are back where daily chores included stuff other than cleaning the house and wrapping gifts. When it is about to arrive, the excitement of Diwali surely can't be veiled by anything; but by the time it comes to an end, you realize that the planning and excitement prior to its arrival were comparatively more thrilling. Here are a few things that you are probably not going to miss about this festival of lights:

Passing the parcel : Diwali comes with never-ending to-and-fro movement of gifts, incoming and outgoing. Some people don't even bother to open the gifts they receive (in order to save the effort of repacking it) so that they can be passed on to others. As a result of this time-honored ritual, people often forget to enjoy the festival for they get too engrossed in playing this game of passing the parcel. So, we can be sure that the festival of formalities has finally come to an end!

Tons of calories: At first, the images of greasy sweets & piles of chocolate boxes might appear tempting to you but it won't take more than 2-3 days to make you fed up of even their sight! The excess of everything is bad after all, and undesirable too, health-wise.

Traffic-traffic everywhere, nowhere a place to be!: You do have a place to be at, actually. And it is right in the middle of all the traffic! The gifting process, by definition, involves buying gifts; implying shopping in packed markets, getting them wrapped and delivering them, where delivery charge is the hours you spend in the infinite traffic.

The uninvited guests - Tragedies: Saying ‘uninvited’ here will probably be wrong, because burning crackers and thronging roads do invite mishaps. I'll be asking for too much if I insist that business of fireworks should me instantaneously shut down. Practically, it isn't possible, not in the short run at the very least. We can just try to avoid any untoward incident by minimizing the use of crackers or burning them under adult supervision.

It's not like I have anything against the festival itself. Infact, there are things like the lights, diyas, joy (and Diwali break!) that I wish would continue all the year round. But on Diwali, I certainly wish to be free of formalities, calories & tragedies. And I’m sure that it would make the festivities a lot more fun than they currently are.