Nobility Thrust Upon

I was a student of standard IX then. After Diwali vacation, when my school was reopened, my class-teacher after exchanging pleasantries, started discussing how was our festival. Finally he asked a question,

“How many of you have spent more than five hundred rupees on firecrackers this Diwali?

Five or six students in a class of around 40 raised their hands. Then he asked,
“And how many above one hundred rupees?”

This time around twenty students raised their hands. Then he asked again,
“How many of you have spent less than hundred bucks?”

Again seven or eight raised their hands. Finally he surprised all, when he asked, “Now tell me, who have not spent a single rupee on crackers?”

I was the lone student, who raised hands this time. The class-teacher called me and patted me on the back before the entire class. He said,
“Here is the boy, who knows how not to burn money for useless crackers that pollute environment and our health.”

He took out his pen from his pocket and gifted it to me as an appreciation. I was speechless. He never asked me why I had not spent a single rupee on crackers. Had he asked, my secret would have been exposed.

Like other boys of my age, I also used to burst firecrackers not only on Diwali, but even before and after that. My favourite used to be hand pistol, sparklers, ground spinners and flowerpots, but never bombs of any sort.

But that year, just before Diwali, I fell sick, running high fever due to malaria. My siblings engaged in their usual activity of bursting crackers, but due to weakness, I kept myself aloof.

My sickness made me a good boy. In a way the nobility of purpose was thrust upon me. I thought if my teacher had such a high opinion about me, I should not betray his trust. And thereafter till date, I have not burst crackers.

Diwali is such a great and colourful festival that one can do a lot of constructive things on this auspicious occasion like cleaning and decorating the house and working space, putting up lights and Diyas. While cleaning, sometimes I get delighted to find out something I never knew I would get.

But the most important aspect of Diwali is to meet and greet the loved ones. It’s more about fun, positivity and togetherness. After 3 years, this Diwali was special with no restrictions on meeting people and exchanging sweets.

Let this festive spirit prevail year after year, here, there and everywhere.


–Kaushal Kishore

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58 Comments

  1. Thank you, Kaushal, for the title story from your school days and the promise you have kept since.
    I love your beautiful home decorations, and I admire the stunning young lady
    who stands with you in the doorway, I presume this is your wife.

    Joanna

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    1. Who else, Joanna, at this age? So your guess is right. Thank you for appreciating the story and decorations. I still remember the name and face of that teacher.

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  2. Diwali is a beautiful tradition both in meaning and appearance. There are some households here that leave firework litter to be blown by the wind or cleaned by others after celebrating Independence Day, and sadly, many do not know what the fireworks represent. Others who know, clean up to keep their country beautiful. Although very beautiful, I have seen the clouds of smoke, and the stress it gives to our animal friends. I think a celebration is not diminished in Diwali, or anything else with the lack of fireworks. There are other ways to show beauty, and even make loud sounds : ) I think it is a good thing you do not burn up hard-earned monies for them. Thank you for sharing your story and photos.

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    1. Not only animals, humans are also suffering from diseases like asthma due to smoke and resultant air pollution. But everywhere there are some irresponsible people who are deviant in their approach and behaviour, and they should be dealt with accordingly. I think the best way to celebrate happiness is to make others happy. Thank you, Dawn, for taking your time to read and share your reflections. Much appreciated!

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  3. This is such wonderful sharing from your youth KK and I love your sharing it here with us. What a difficult thing to endure at such a young age and yet the lessons and reward were exponential. Truly wonderful! You shine with the light within and your teacher was so wise.
    💗

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    1. You’re right, Cindy. That teacher was a bit different and that’s why I still remember his name and face. His memories overwhelm me every Diwali. Thank you for your appreciation that means a lot to me 😊💖🙏

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      1. Lumpy Skin Disease Virus (LSDV) has spread in the western Madhya Pradesh. So we’re not able to celebrate Diwali with much excitement.
        I’m participating in admission process for PG (MA History). Therefore, I’m here.

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  4. This is very sweet sir 😃
    I’m inspired.
    From last few years, I’m not bursting much crackers.
    Even if I’m doing it, I am trying to keep them to minimum and refrain those crackers which will create sound or extra pollution.

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    1. That’s so nice of you, Devang! Traditions need to be changed if situations so demand. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts ❤️

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      1. Traditionally it all started to express joy and happiness on victory of good over evil, but there are better ways now available to celebrate happiness. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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