Is that lots of smoke?!

It was Sunday and I deliberately stayed tucked in bed, even though I was wide awake by eight. After the daily 6 am alarms, this was the only day I had the liberty and right to do so, but still I could not lie there peacefully, (courtesy- a buzzing mosquito who was too adamant to stay by my ear).Finally, I gave up and instead went out to greet the Sunday morning sun.

But things are not always as we want them to be and here to my surprise,I was greeted by mist blinding the view.That too In early November!IMG_20151109_143550~2

This site brought back the unpleasant memories of the previous days, when smog due to burning of paddy straw had engulfed the entire city. More so of that one horrible day when the smog reached its extreme and it was heart retching to see my hometown in such a state. The Sun too experienced quite a bit of an issue peeping through the thick layers of smog and the temperature of the city consequently dipped low.

That day I had taken out some mother-daughter time for shopping but could not enjoy the trip due sharp burning sensation in my eyes, which started suddenly on the way .I could not fathom the reason of behind this  until the next day when I read the newspaper. It reiterated the situation of the previous day and even divulged on its health consequences.  Here I got the precise reason for the burning and realised  that I was not the only sufferer. There were any more like me. Not just this, people also complained of respiratory issues, eye infections and irritations, sudden cough and viral due to the polluted air.

As I read further, I noticed the discomfort and anger the citizens had expressed. They had even urged the authorities to do something.

This made me pause and reflect. It was so easy to suggest the name of the government as a provider to the solution and as a solution to the issue itself and shirk off the responsibility.  Here, of course, the authorities should do something but won’t they be more charged up  if they feel there is equal or even greater  enthusiasm from our side to solve the issue?

I pondered more over this and realised we all are so pathetically tangled in the web of our own workaholic and busy life that we tend to ignore everything not affecting ‘us’ directly. But we often forget that though not explicitly visible, this smog and pollution is affecting our and our dear one’s health big time.

So if I wanted to do something myself to help mitigate the problem, what could I possibly do? I couldn’t go to those paddy growers urge them to stop burning the paddy straw. Therefore, nothing could have be done in that context immediately.

“So should I sit back, relax and let the authorities tackle the issue?” I thought.

But even then could I be sure that the paddy growers would not repeat the same next time they need to clear their fields?
I did not think so.

My mind raced back to what the newspaper article had stated about the forecast of rain, which would help the smog settle down and then the atmosphere could be normal as before. So perhaps I should wait for the rain to come, should I not ?

Now, as I peep out of the window, I still see the same smoke engulfing the street. And in the vicinity I hear the fire crackers bursting. This reminds me of the post Diwali situation each year, when the similar smog engulfs the city.

I was really saddened last year when I saw it, but I deliberately ran away from the reality that was not painted in pink. But I would not this time!

I know what I have to do. If I can not stop the paddy growers , I could certainly stop my family from bursting crackers and causing further pollution.

I celebrated a green Diwali last year, but still I could not prevent the smoke from filling up whole of my house the same night. But if you would join me this time, maybe our collective efforts could prevent the situation from turning worse again.

A Green Diwali is not the only solution, there can be other ways to tackle this as well.

We could prevent the trees from being cut. And if you think out of the box, you will realize that its not just limited to planting trees and saving them from being chopped down – it is also concerned with taking care of them. Did you ever check how many of the saplings you planted actually survived and grew big?

Moreover, if nothing of the above suits you, then you could simply spread the word around and perhaps motivate a person to work towards reducing the pollution levels by regularly servicing  their vehicles and not burning the garbage in open !

These were some solutions that came to my mind but what about you? What do you think can be done practically by us to mitigate the problem gaping wide at us?

I hope now you do not think that you cannot do anything in this situation. You can and always will, just remember that you are the harbinger of change and good times. So why not act the save the day yourself!

As it is said- Do not underestimate the power of a common man..



  1. Ameena k.g · November 10, 2015

    This is a wonderful idea. We can’t keep waiting for change to happen, we need to be agents towards that change. I hope many people out for a green celebration too.

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    • Hargun Wahi · November 10, 2015

      Exactly. I hope so too!
      we need to realise that even small actions of ours can contribute to a big happy picture.
      I’m so glad you support the cause .
      Thanks a lot Ameena 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · November 10, 2015

      I wish you and your family a happy and prosperous green Diwali
      Enjoy !


  2. Yogesh Parashar · November 10, 2015

    It’s about us. The government will also react the way public wants.
    We should be the change to see the change. Go Green!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Hargun Wahi · November 10, 2015

      We should be the change we wish to see in the world. If each one of us adopts such an attitude, then such a day is not far when India would be at the top.
      I’m glad you support the cause Yogesh.
      Thanks a lot 🙂
      Wish you a happy & prosperous green Diwali.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Gursimran Kaur · November 10, 2015

    Thumbs up!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kishor Kr · November 10, 2015

    Well, Green Diwali alone is not the solution. You’re right in saying that. First we all should observe green Diwali. Second, we must observe all other environment friendly measures too, like the ones you’ve suggested. Just a few days back while cleaning I realized that only my credit card bills for past year made a whole bagful bunch of wasted paper. Even tragic fact is that most of those envelopes were not even opened. I have opted for E-bills and pay directly through that, and still the company keeps sending the paper bills too. Such a wastage. I am planning to recycle those paper to make greeting cards that I could send to people on festive occasions. Let’s see how that goes.

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    • Hargun Wahi · November 10, 2015

      That’s wonderful. I’m really happy to know that. Wish you all the success in the endeavor.
      I hope people get inspired by your efforts.
      Thanks a lot for supporting the cause !
      Have a happy and prosperous green Diwali 🙂


  5. Nisthur Anadi · November 10, 2015

    Agreed !!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · November 10, 2015

      Thanks a lot for your support towards the cause.
      Wish you a happy and prosperous green Diwali 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nisthur Anadi · November 10, 2015

        ☺ wishing you the same !

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Prakash Hegade · November 12, 2015

    That’s something we have done to ourselves! I Think the D-day of bigger regrets is near by.

    And yeah. We all can do our best. We in our entire family, stopped bursting crackers like ten years ago and havent since then. Specially after we saw how it effected our pets. Small measure can indeed make greater changes.

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  7. Hargun Wahi · November 12, 2015

    Indeed..that’s something we have done to ourselves. In the course of celebrating, we forget or tend to neglect the harm it causes to others.
    I hope some , if not all, learn before it’s too late.

    Also , I’m so glad to know that you and your entire family is supporting such a noble cause. Street animals and pets too can be quite intimidated with the loud cracker bursts the Diwali night.
    I hope this effort of yours inspires others too 🙂
    Small measures and measures by a single person too can contribute to the big picture in the long run.

    Thanks a lot for your support.
    Wish you and your family a bleated happy Diwali 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Nitin · November 13, 2015

    good hargun… yes, green diwali it was for me this time too… happy diwali 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · November 13, 2015

      I’m glad it was!
      Your support towards the cause is much appreciated 🙂
      A belated happy Diwali to you too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Somali K Chakrabarti · November 15, 2015

    Hargun, hope you had a enjoyable Diwali. Its good to see youngsters like you celebrating Diwali without crackers. In my family too we have been following this approach since the last few years.

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    • Hargun Wahi · November 15, 2015

      I’m glad you do..!
      I did have a great Diwali sans crackers. It was good that we didn’t have the same smog back the next morning. That simply made it all the more great 🙂
      I hope you a enjoyable Diwali too !
      Happy blogging 🙂

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  10. Faraday's Candle · November 16, 2015

    Every single action on our parts contributes to the conservation or destruction of our beautiful planet…that pale blue dot!! Great post and glad to hear you enjoyed your Diwali.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · November 16, 2015

      Couldn’t agree more.
      We are the ones whose actions will decide the fate of the planet in the long run- whether in a big or small way.
      And yes, I did enjoy my Diwali. I’m glad you know about it too. 🙂
      Why not explore more about has a amazing epic behind it 🙂

      Happy blogging!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Faraday's Candle · November 16, 2015

    Just thinking of so many fires in the states (US). A bit frightening and so scary no matter what.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · November 16, 2015

      Well, fires will happen as long as people are on this earth. In the end we are the discoverers of igniting this element, aren’t we?
      But we should take necessary precautions and be proactive than feeling scared. And I’m sure you are already doing that.

      Also, this Diwali I propagated the message of Celebrations sans fire crackers and many people did so too. So that mitigated fire risk to an extent, at least I can say so for India 🙂

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  12. rāhā§yā · December 3, 2015

    Hey there! I have nominated you for the three day quote challenge. If this excites you, take a look:
    I like your writings and that is why, i feel that I should choose you for this honorable one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · December 3, 2015

      Thanks a lot for the nomination. I’m glad to have it. But as I have already completed one of this earlier, and due to time crunch these days , I don’t think I would be able to do it again any time soon . But I would make sure to include your name in the coveted nominators list.
      Happy blogging!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. izza ifzaal · December 3, 2015

    Very winsome thoughts and a great idea

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · December 3, 2015

      I’m glad you liked the thought. I think it has become a necessary action on our part at this protect our environment. Its high time !
      Thanks a lot for your support towards the cause.
      Glad to hear from you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • izza ifzaal · December 4, 2015

        You are right if one person takes initiative others will follow the league as well… I am always there to support your great causes 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  14. ShethP · November 21, 2016

    Every small step counts. 🙂 Kudos for doing your bit. A Belated Happy Diwali!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hargun Wahi · December 19, 2016

      Thank you so much Sheth.
      Have a great week ahead!
      (Sorry for the late reply)

      Liked by 1 person

      • ShethP · December 19, 2016

        Absolutely all right. Thank you, and hope you have an amazing week ahead, as well. 🙂 Take care!

        Liked by 1 person

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