Akashpu Tarun



Akashpu Tarun


Fireworks in the Sky

Fireworks in the Sky

8 mins

As the couple strolled hand in hand through the charming streets on the night of Diwali, everything around them seemed to be painted in the warm glow of lights. The houses, each adorned with twinkling lights and dainty lamps, created a magical atmosphere. Surprisingly, there were no loud fireworks disrupting the calmness of the night, making it a peaceful and delightful scene.

Amidst this tranquility, the sweet sounds of mantras and aarti songs filled the air, adding a touch of spirituality to the surroundings. The streets, remarkably clean and well-kept, showcased the simple beauty of the festival. What caught their eyes were the beautiful rangolis, and colorful floor art decorating the fronts of houses, adding a playful touch to the festive spirit.

In this serene and enchanting setting, the entire scenario beautifully unfolded the essence of Diwali, illustrating why it is affectionately known as the festival of colors.

To unravel the enigma behind this tranquil Diwali night, we must venture two days into the past. What unfolded in the preceding moments to craft this serene setting, free from the customary fireworks and hustle? Let's embark on a journey through time, peeling back the layers of the recent past to expose the events that orchestrated this spellbinding calmness and reveal the mysteries that contributed to the creation of this captivating scene.

In the morning, a group of kids was enjoying their playful moments by setting off firecrackers in the streets. Their laughter echoed as they lit crackers in their hands and gleefully tossed them onto the roads, showcasing their daring spirit. However, the joyous atmosphere took an unexpected turn when one of the kids accidentally hurled a cracker towards an electric wire. The playful atmosphere turned serious as the wire ignited, injecting a moment of unexpected gravity into their spirited celebration.

The unfolding drama didn't halt there; the flames escalated in intensity, spreading relentlessly until they reached the transformer. The culmination of this fiery journey resulted in the shutdown of the entire street's electricity, casting the neighborhood into darkness.

Upon learning the cause, a wave of frustration and anger swept through the community. In a state of panic, realizing that a festive celebration loomed ahead, the residents hastily organized an impromptu meeting on that very evening in an empty ground. With the electricity issue persisting, emergency torches served as the sole source of light, illuminating the gathering as the community collectively sought solutions to address the ongoing predicament.

As the meeting unfolded, the kids found themselves at the center, encircled by the adults. Some important folks grabbed seats in the front, making it clear they held a key role. But things got tense – most of the people were pointing fingers at the kids. The air was thick with emotions, showing that not everyone agreed on what went down. It was a real mix of opinions and feelings in that gathering.

In the midst of the growing chaos, Raghunatham, the president of the committee, rose with evident frustration. He asserted, "Let's take a break from the chatter, folks. We gathered here for a serious reason, not just for kicks. The kids stirred up a considerable mess, and instead of swiftly finding a solution, are we unintentionally making it more complicated by prolonging the resolution process?"

The vice president of the committee, Adi Shekar, stood up and spoke out, "Let's not lay the blame on these innocent kids. It's their parents who we should be holding accountable for the values they've instilled." His words carried a weight that resonated through the gathering, prompting the parents of the implicated children to bow their heads in acknowledgment.

Raghav, a recent addition to the committee seated at the front, rose and added, "Pointing fingers at the kids or their parents won't solve anything. Just like the president said, our focus should be on resolving matters swiftly. Mistakes happen; some are small, while others are more significant. We can't move forward if we get stuck using those mistakes as excuses. Our priority now should be fixing the electricity problem."

Everyone agreed with what Raghav said, so the president and vice president went back to sitting. Raghav, still standing in the middle, told the kids to go back to their parents. Now, with everyone looking at him, another committee member asked, "What's your plan to fix the electricity problem?"

Raghav responded, "As soon as I heard about the issue, I reached out to the electricity department. Unfortunately, since many of them are on vacation leave, there's a slim chance they'll be able to come tomorrow and start working on fixing it."

"So, as a quick fix, we've reached out to the generator department to provide basic electrical bulbs for all the houses. While we work on solving the transformer problem, we'll need to gather some funds to support the necessary repairs," explained Raghav.

The gathering resonated with agreement as everyone nodded in response to Raghav's statement. Suddenly, a voice from the crowd exclaimed, "We need to keep children away from any crackers this Diwali. Let's put a complete stop to it; we don't want to end up in this situation again." Many committee members echoed their support for this sentiment, sparking renewed conversations among the people.

Upon hearing this, Raghav's wife, Janvi, chimed in, "Why would you say that? Kids find joy in Diwali by lighting crackers. We can set some boundaries, but stopping it completely would be too harsh. It would be really disheartening for them." In response, the vice president added, "Listen, Janvi, what you're saying might have some truth, but Diwali is the festival of lights, not the festival of crackers. We allow them for the kids to have fun, but if they go beyond limits, we may need to reconsider."

Raghav shared, "Just stopping or saying 'no' to things won't really make people, especially kids, quit. In fact, it might create more issues. Instead, let's put our heads together to figure out different ways so we can avoid problems like this in the future."

The president questioned, "Do you have a solution for this? If not, we might have to put a full stop on this." Raghav pondered for a moment, scanning his surroundings. After some thought, he said, "I've got an idea that might help us handle this situation." The president urged him to elaborate and share the details.

Raghav elaborated on his idea, "We need to ensure the safety. To do this, let's discourage them from lighting crackers on the roads or in front of their houses, where there's a potential for trouble. Instead, we can designate a safe area, like this empty ground, exclusively for the enjoyment of crackers. This space is away from any electrical connections or houses, minimizing the risk of accidents and problems. It's a win-win – kids get to have their fun, and we ensure a safer and trouble-free Diwali for everyone."

Continuing his proposal, Raghav added, "Additionally, we could organize an eco-friendly aerial fireworks program at night. This way, everyone can relish the spectacle either from the comfort of their homes or by gathering at elevated spots like terraces. Not only does this ensure a safer environment, but it also adds an exciting element for kids who can eagerly watch the show unfold from the comfort of their houses."

As everyone contemplated the proposal, a committee member raised a concern, "But organizing such a program requires money. Where will we get the funds?" Raghav responded, "We can pool funds by making a change in our approach. Instead of spending extensively on numerous crackers for children, we could opt for smaller hand crackers. The leftover money can then be allocated to finance the fireworks program. This way, we ensure the safety of the children while enabling them to enjoy the show."

The president acknowledged, "Your idea has merit. It also helps in avoiding continuous noise. I approve of it. Now, let's hear the opinions of others on this matter. If anyone has concerns, they can step forward, share their issues, and propose alternative solutions."

Upon hearing the approval, Raghav returned to his seat. Following some discussions, unanimous agreement emerged in favor of Raghav's solution. The community initiated the collection of funds through two avenues: a fixed amount for addressing the electricity issue and a variable amount for the planned aerial fireworks. Meanwhile, the electrical bulbs supplied by the generator department illuminated, signaling a positive step forward in resolving the situation.

The following day, technicians from the electrical department arrived and successfully resolved the transformer issue. Simultaneously, the committee got in touch with the organizers of the planned aerial fireworks. Surprisingly, the funds raised for the fireworks show exceeded the required amount. In light of this, the committee decided to enhance the festive spirit by decorating the streets with an abundance of colorful lights, creating a joyful and vibrant atmosphere throughout the neighborhood.

In the present moment, Raghav and Janvi stroll hand in hand down the illuminated street, appreciating the beauty of the surroundings on this particular evening. They observe the enchanting scene of children excitedly heading towards the designated ground, clutching crackers in their hands, eager to light them in a safe and joyous space. The transformed streets, adorned with vibrant lights, stand as a testament to the community's collaborative efforts in fostering a festive and secure environment for everyone to enjoy.

They climbed up to a high spot, giving them a great view of the entire sky. When the time for the fireworks show arrived, they witnessed a single firework shooting up and bursting in a beautiful display, covering the whole sky with colors. One after another, more fireworks were launched, creating a mesmerizing sight that filled the entire sky with vibrant bursts of light and color.

The breathtaking spectacle unfolded like an artist had painted a masterpiece across the canvas of the sky, or as if the heavens themselves were adorned with enchanting lights. The couple held hands tightly, captivated by the mesmerizing show. Yet, it wasn't just them; the entire neighborhood reveled in the beauty of their building terraces and balconies. Some even gathered near open grounds, creating a collective and shared experience of joy and wonder beneath the illuminated night sky.

Thus, the entire neighborhood embraced a novel way of celebrating Diwali. This innovative approach infused immense joy into the hearts of the viewers, momentarily easing them from their daily stresses. Those few minutes of happiness became etched in their memories, promising to be a cherished and enduring source of joy for the rest of their lives.

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