Diwali, the festival of lights, is just round the corner and yesterday I was telling Kavya about how children were being forced to work in those factories in Sivakasi in inhuman conditions. Also told her about how the smoke causes problems to the birds and the plants. This was done last year too and she did not want crackers then. She told me this time too that she was not keen on crackers. After an hour, at the dining table, Mom and Pauravi said that they would get Phuljari and such simple crackers and when I asked her she said she did not want crackers. So proud of you my princess!!!! I am sure you are doing your bit for the environment. But yes I have promised to take her to Matunga Gymkhana’s Diwali party where they would have a fireworks show. Can’t deprive her of the joys of looking at the colours of Diwali.
Request to all of you please do not burn up your pockets on these crackers. Just not worth it considering the terrible damage they do to the already fragile eco system.
Today, October 20, 2009 is the day we get back to office after 3 days of Diwali break. Have been sleeping like a log. For the last 2 weeks have been skipping gym on some pretext or another. Travelling, unwell, sleepy …. kind of a google search result page for the word excuses. Have been relishing the Diwali savouries unendingly…. So finally took the plunge today and went to Matunga Gymkhana only to find that both the ellipticals were out of order:-( Settled for the treadmill for 20 minutes and then returned home. Hope the ellipticals get back on track soon or then they should do away with this rule of no more than 20 minutes on the treadmills till that period.
Diwali 2009 has been unique. I told Kavya last week that the crackers make a lot of noise so much so that the birds get scared. After that also told her that to make the crackers they use children and the children are separated from their parents. Asked her if she would like to be separated from Mumma Papa and obviously she said No. Then asked her if she would like to burst crackers and she retorted back with a No. She did not ask for them even once and I am so proud of her. So we have contributed to saving the environment and hope to continue with this trend year on year.
Yesterday, October 16, 2009 was Diwali eve and they had a get together at Matunga Gymkhana. I had invited Harshad, Rakhi, Kshitij, Rupal, Premal, Dheer and Dhruvit too. While the kids had a good time with the various games / activities the food was a clear disaster as by the time we got there (2045) they had run out of it!!! All we had was samosas, khasta kachoris and sev puri. It was so embarassing. Then finally we all went to good old Classic and were lucky to find a table there. All the kids and us adults too had our fill. What a fiasco. I am going to surely write to the Committee as I paid a decent amount for the guest passes (including the kids) and it caused so much embarassment!!! Anyways Happy Diwali…..