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कैसी रही आपकी दिवाली? आशा करती हूँ अच्छी ही रही होगी.

दिल्ली वालो की बात करू तो पटाखों पर बैन था पर लोग कहा मानने वाले थे!! पटाखे चले और इतने चले की रात १० बजे से सुबह के ३ के बीच में प्रदूषण का स्तर काफी हद तक बढ़ गया.अभी तो लोगो से उम्मीद की गई थी कि पटाखों की बिक्री पर बैन के साथ वो पटाखे संतुलित तरीके से जलाने में सहयोग करेंगे. पर दुखद था कि लोग एक छोटी सी उम्मीद पर भी खरे ना उतर पाए. मैंने भी कई पोस्ट लिखे पटाखा मुक्त दिवाली के बारे में और इसके पक्ष में मुझे कम ही लोगो के कमैंट्स आए. खैर, कुछ लोगो को बातें आसानी से समझ नहीं आती. दिवाली बीत गई और हवा में जो ज़हर घुलना था घुल ही गया. पटाखों के अलावा मुझे एक और बात बड़ी खटकी इस दिवाली पर. उसी के बारे में है ये मेरा पोस्ट.

दिवाली के एक हफ्ते पहले से ही बाज़ारो में दुकाने सजने लगी. सजावट का सामान, मिठाई और लक्ष्मी गणेश की मूर्तियाँ जगह जगह मिलने लगी. दिवाली के आते ही एक बार फिर खरीददारी का जैसे मौसम आ गया हो. हर कोई सामान लेने या बेचने की बाते करने लगा. दिन भर टीवी, रेडियो पर विज्ञापन चीखते चिल्लाते रहे "यह लीजिए, वह लीजिए, अपनों के …
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Bhai Dooj, A way of showing love and care

In India, we don’t just celebrate a festival, we actually celebrate our customs, rituals and relations. The importance we secure for our relations is known around the world. One of our relation-glorifying festivals is "Bhai Dooj". As the name suggests, this is also a festival that marks the undying bond of affection between the brother and his sister similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Quite like the numerous other Indian festivals, Bhai Dooj is also a commemoration of family bonds and social attachments celebrated on the second day after Diwali. On the day of Bhai dooj, sisters pray for the long life and well-being of their brothers.

It is believed by Hindus that on the day of Bhai dooj Lord Yama (the God of Death) visits his sister Yami (river Yamuna) who puts Tilak (an auspicious mark) on her brother’s forehead and prays for his long life. Being overwhelmed at the sister’s deed Lord Yama blesses all the brothers who visit their sisters on this day. The ritual hence…

Legend Of Yama And Nachiketa : Do you know?

We all know that Diwali is celebrated by remembering the return of the god Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years. But the religious significance of Diwali varies regionally within India, depending on the school of Hindu philosophy, regional myths, legends, and beliefs. Some believers celebrate Deepavali as the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agyatavas. Many other Hindus believe Diwali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and wife of the god Vishnu.

Hindus in some regions of India associate Diwali with the "legend of Yama and Nachiketa on Kartika amavasya (Diwali night)". Here is the story of Yama and Nachiketa:

Vajasrawas, a famous person during the ancient India, was performing a yagna in which the performer had to give away all his wealth.Vajasrawas had a son named Nachiketa, who was sixteen years old. At the end of the yagna , Vajasrawas announces grandly that he is giving…

Once I hated Diwali, but NOT NOW 😊😊😊

When I was in class third, on Diwali, we had an accident at home. My father got his right hand injured because of a cracker. Although there was some mistake from his side as well, that smash happened in front of me. Next two months were really very difficult to my parents. Because my father’s right hand was hurt, he was not able to work on even his basic body needs. Everything was done by my mother, from making him bath to feeding him, from helping him wear his office clothes to tying his shoelaces. As my mother was all busy with my father and rest of the times in completing her chores, she used to give me and my sister less attention. That was the first year of my life when I came to know that crackers can take one’s life. And I heard everyone saying “Chalo bas hath me hi problem hai…”  I was 8 years old and all his made me hate this festival which had given my parents such an incalculable trouble. I used to think why people make, buy and burst crackers which can play with people’s l…

#CleanUpCashOut एक तीर से दो निशाने [कहानी]

"जाने क्या तूने कही.. जाने क्या मैंने कही.. बात कुछ बन ही गई.." 
ऐसा ही कुछ हुआ मेरे साथ पिछले महीने. वैसे शुरुवात एक ट्रेजेडी के साथ हुई पर अचानक ही ट्रेजेडी ने अच्छा मोड़ ले लिया और फिर "अंत भला तो सब भला..."

हुआ यूँ कि मैं अपने पुराने फ़ोन से काफी उकता गया था और नया फ़ोन लेने की सोंच रहा था. वैसे फ़ोन उतना भी पुराना नहीं था पर रोज रोज आते नए फ़ोन मॉडल्स मुझे एक बार फिर नया फ़ोन लेने के लिए मज़बूर कर रहे थे. " लेकिन इस पुराने फ़ोन का क्या होगा..?" ये सवाल मेरे दिमाग में कीड़े की तरह काट रहा था.  काफी सोंच विचार के बाद जब दिमाग थक गया तो मैं घर की बालकनी में खड़ा हो गया जा कर. इधर उधर देखते ही मेरी नज़र बगल की बालकनी में खड़े साहिल भैया पर गई. साहिल भैया हमारे पड़ोसी है और हमारी बालकनिया आमने सामने है. वो उम्र में मुझसे बड़े है और सच कहू तो थोड़े खड़ूस भी है. अचनाक ही ख्याल आया कि क्यों ना ये पुराना फ़ोन साहिल भैया को बेच दू!! पर उनसे बात करना भी एक टेढ़ी खीर थी. वो कभी सीधे मुँह किसी से बात नहीं करते. मैंने मन को मज़बूत किआ और फ़ोन साहिल भइया को ही बेचने को सोचा. अगले दिन सं…

Happy Diwali - Make at least one person in need also happy

Diwali, for me in childhood, meant new clothes, sweets, lights, sweets, decorations, sweets, and sweets and sweets. See it has lots of sweets. Besides all these, I remember one more thing that I used to feel excited about on the day of Diwali was wishing everyone. Yes, I used to wish everyone taken from neighbours to relatives, our maid to garden-keeper and from postman to milkman. Now I would certainly call it idiotic if I find someone wishing everyone in a complete rush of being first to wish. 
As I used to wake up the festival morning, I was in a kind of rush to search everyone at home and wish them passionately. With time, I found myself restricted to wishing only those who used to wish me first along with those coming at our place with a pack of sweets. And in some more years, I started feeling if merely saying happy Diwali to everyone was going to make their festival happy? I realized there was a doubt.

I took my query to others in my family and all of them found this a worth pond…

#CelebratingSuper Smoke Free Delhi This Diwali

Every winter Delhi pays a heavy price as air pollution increases exponentially. Now I don't want to count reasons why this happens every year during the start of winter. However, I am sure about one thing that firecrackers give a good contribution in turning our pink lungs into dangerous black coloured. Last year, around Diwali, the city got a new title "The Gas Chamber" as the quality of air was dangerously nasty. To avoid a similar situation this year, the Supreme court of India decided to continue the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31 of October.   

Not sure, if you are aware of the fact that court has maintained the ban based on a petition filed by three children in 2015. These kids were prone to lung diseases. "We are the most vulnerable category when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins. We are foremost prone to lung disease, asthma, coughing, bronchitis, retarded development of the nervous system and cogn…