Diwali 2014

Diwali, the festival of lights, is spectacular in India! Celebrating the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, I have never seen so many lights! Fireworks, fairy lights, lanterns and oil lamps, it was like the stars had fallen out of the sky. Homes and shops were decorated beautifully, giving a Christmas vibe with a high dose of fireworks and crackers.

DSCN4137Oh the fireworks! I have been a huge fan of fireworks for as long as I can remember. Today (5th November) there is an annual festival in England called ‘Guy Fawkes night’ (or ‘Bonfire night’), where there are huge community firework displays and bonfires! This is not a religious festival, it’s the commemoration of the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was arrested for his part in the plan to blow up the House of Lords in London, where the King was holding parliament! Guy Fawkes had committed treason and was burnt alive, so every year people burn effigies of him in huge bonfires and celebrate the King’s survival with fireworks (this reminds me of the Hindu festival, Holika). Seeing the wonderful displays on those cold winter nights could not prepare me for the fireworks during Diwali!

This Diwali the fireworks filled the night skies and they were constant! Personally, I could sit for hours watching the sparkly lights in the sky, but after a while the ‘booms’ started giving me a headache. It looked as if every rooftop were letting them off. Thankfully, Alfonso wasn’t to bothered by the noise. My husband lit some firecrackers on our roof and a rocket, which had not been positioned correctly, flew right for him. Luckily, my husband was able to do a ‘Matrix style’ back bend to avoid it. I nearly had a heart attack, next Diwali we are not lighting any fireworks! 

At 11pm, the city’s fireworks had nearly ran out and we went for pizza. As we drove we saw the pollution, a blanket of smoke covered the city, I could not believe it! Such a beautiful festival, but the aftermath was shocking. It wasn’t just the pollution, the next day I read in the newspaper that several people (including children) in Nagpur had lost an arm due to firecracker misuse. For days after I saw children. who must have been as young as eight years old, light bombs and crackers in the streets with no supervision. It would be so much safer if there were more community held fireworks displays during Diwali, a little like we have on ‘Guy Fawkes night’. 

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P.S.

Some of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately, thank you for all of your messages of concern! I am fine! I decided to take a break from the internet, I love blogging but sometimes the trolls and hurtful comments get too much and I need to decompress. Thank you ever so much for all of your support! Unfortunately, as soon as I decided to return to blogging, I caught a cold. I thought I would catch a cold after returning to English weather, not before!

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26 thoughts on “Diwali 2014

  1. I am glad that you enjoyed Diwali, yes it is very colourful and at times noisy also when crackers burst right next to us. Your short break from blogging was deserving but do not get discouraged by hurtful comments, we all like your writings, please keep it up on the double 🙂

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  2. I’m so happy that you returned to blogging. I missed your posts.
    I hope you will be fine soon and no cold will catch you.

    Don’t pay attention to the bad comments. I think people are just jealous of your life and happiness. I know it’s easy to say, but I wish you all the best and God bless you and your family.

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  3. I’m not surprised that you’ve felt the need to step back from the Internet just lately, there have been some shocking comments left on some of your posts recently. (The one I sent you a message about made my jaw drop. I don’t think that many people can have seen it, as I anticipated an outraged response from several posters, but none appeared. I found myself wincing at the thought of particular posters seeing it… )
    I’m wondering if it might be better to simply remove any comments which aim to be deliberately offensive and hurtful, rather than respond to them? I don’t know. It’s a difficult one.

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    • Hey Nicola!!

      Thank you for coming to my defense (and defending humanity!) many times! I feel many are on purpose. I have considered not posting the bad comments but I don’t want to gloss over everything and portray myself as Miss Popular! There have been several occasions when I have had to trash comments because they were SO racist or vile, basically criminal! *sigh*

      As time goes by, I am getting more immune to it! 🙂

      I hope you are well and it’s not too cold over there because I am coming soon and I have become accustomed to the hot hot heat!

      Take care,

      Lauren xxx

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      • I dread to think what the comments you had to trash were like… The Internet is the ideal medium for people who want to cause offence and distress, saying things that they know thousands of people will see, as they hide behind their made-up identities. The worst examples I have seen are comments on YouTube videos. I’m sure you’ve seen the sort of thing I mean. People who hate others of a particular race evidently seek out totally innocuous videos purely in order to say disgusting things. I have watched some lovely videos of street food being prepared in India, and derived great enjoyment from watching them… only to then see some comments below the video saying the most vile things imaginable about Indian people. It makes me feel tearful to see those sorts of comments, as it pains me to think about Indian people reading them.

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  4. DONT pay any attentions to the trolls they are just jealous of you.they also know that you are living a much better life than they ever dream of.and you are capable of making the life of your spouse much easier which the trolls are uncapable of doing thats why they are envious of you.always remember for each troll there are 10 people who supports you.so dont get discouraged and keep blogging. concerning diwali i think its okay to burn fire crackers once a year under a cautious supervisation.

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  5. I love Diwali – the lights, the atmosphere, the gifts and above all – the rangoli! We always anticipate making rangolis with kids. But we never fire crackers because of all noise and air pollution they cause. In delhi this became very serious problem and many people with asthma have to run away from Delhi for Diwali.
    Please dont stop writing because of some comments from some stupid people who dont have anything better to do on Internet! On the other hand it indicates that you are doing good job and becoming famous! So dont let anyone hurt you, just remember you are great! I love your honesty and hope you will be able to preserve it with more years spent in India:)

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    • Dear Ksenia,
      Thank you so much for your comment! Your kids rangoli was SO AWESOME!! I loved looking at your photographs!!
      And thank you for your encouragement, it means so much to me, really!!!

      Lots and lots of love xxx

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  6. I missed u ! :). Glad that you’re back
    I think there should be a zero tolerance rule about rude comments or people 😛
    like all the comments should be evaluated by you first and the moment it is slightly inappropriate- or lets face it by a lusty indian man (that dont even deserve a capital I) they shouldnt be published and the blogger should be blocked.
    After meeting you through your video I realized that you are an extremely loving person…:) so naturally you arent going to be mean..but i guess sometimes u just have to be

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    • Hi Divya!!

      Awww I missed you too 😀
      I want my blog to be an open forum so I don’t want to just delete all the comments I don’t like, but when they are extreme (like criminal) I delete them!
      You are really so sweet and thank you so much for your kind words! They mean a lot!

      Lots of love xxx

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  7. The pollution caused by the fireworks are really too much! Many of my friends have opted for a fireworks-free Diwali!
    Sorry to hear that you’ve had trolls on your site! Hope you can find a way to block them!

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  8. Thanks for mentioning the pollution. It gives balance and also something I didn’t notice until actually seeing it. There’s also so much garbage from the crackers! I read an article somewhere about the toxicity of fireworks and while I love watching them, I also feel guilty.
    As for trolls, publicity and reacting is exactly what they want, from what I understand. I understand, too, about wanting an open site but I also feel that you can censor and delete at will. It’s your space and if a commenter can’t spar civily, then they aren’t welcome. I think the line between respectful debate and personal attacks is clear. Take care and happy weekend!

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