Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 10:
- Gas mask on!
During Diwali, the atmosphere envelope around India gets extra doses of poisonous gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, cadmium and manganese, which are troublesome for Asthma, Bronchitis and other pulmonary patients. It also adds to the rising air pollution levels.
- Whimpering pets
Dogs— in the house or on the streets are scared of firecrackers. Similarly, the noises of crackers irk birds. Often kids throw a burning cracker on these pets as a prank. Many also die due to shock. Diwali, definitely is not a joyous occasion for them.
Diwali mornings always echo with booms and bangs of bombs and rockets. It might be an alarm bell for the celebrations to begin, but it also does not fail to vex babies, the elderly and pregnant women in the household. Wailing infants and whiny family members can definitely put a wet blanket on the joys of celebrating this festival of lights.
- Cracker calamity
Come Diwali and newspapers are filled with stories of accidents in cracker-making factories. Houses catch fire and hospitals get cracker casualties and burn injury patients during the 5-day Diwali. Burnol, ice packs and bandages do extra time.
- Money matters
Hard-earned money literally goes up in smoke as we spend a lot on diyas and crackers, only for an evening’s worth. This budget could be saved and donated towards many righteous causes.
- Litter, litter everywhere
With garbage disposal being a pertinent problem, the garbage from cracker smithereens is an unwanted burden.