Time 4:30am Place: Chennai
I am in my office terrace with a cup of coffee. There is no sign of daylight. Infact it is dark. Somewhere i have read "There is a day when darkness will fill the atmosphere & we will die for fresh air" this is what came to my mind after seeing the surroundings. Even the dawn will look ugly. You won't see the Sun's rays, We wont be having clear visibility. Everything will be abstract, everything fades. I am dying for fresh air, not able to breath in this dawn. Where has all the Fresh Air gone? What is it that is causing smoke? Came out of my office surrounding and understood that everywhere it is the same. it is not just in my office compounds, Its everywhere. All over. Everyone is having the strange look on their faces.
Well this is not a joke, not even a scene from the recent movie 2012. This was the scene in chennai today early morning. The reason was SMOG. This is not a natural phenomenon, but something created by Humans. Bhogi Smog, Today people here are celebrating Bhogi and this is the result of their celebrations. Bhogi is celebrated a day before Pongal & people burn all the wastes on this day. Due to the excessive burning, the smoke filled the atmosphere and it was causing the choking effect and low visibility.
Festivals are to celebrate and old traditions are to be followed, but i think it should be in an environment friendly way. The burning of these things to be done in a way that it won't become a nuisance for any one. The Smog today has even caused for delay of Flights because of low visibility. This might have put several travellers into trouble. Why to celebrate hurting environment when we got ways to celebrate in a environment friendly way. Let us hope that this Bhogi / Pongal is the last one celebrated this way & by next time, we will celebrate in a echo friendly way.
India is the land of Colours, Colourful Festivals and rich and varied traditions. But we keep forgetting about our Mother nature & the environment and surroundings. Let us make this place a beautiful place, let us be more environment friendly& Let us celebrate...
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Happy Pongal to all...