Should one burst crackers in the name of tradition?
Or not burst crackers for the sake of the air we breathe?
You could take sides in this debate.
You could argue that a day’s festivities does little harm compared to what we let loose in the atmosphere the year round. Or you could argue that a day’s festivities in a packed city does more damage than we can imagine.
But one thing everybody agrees on – the air we breathe is polluted. Not just on Diwali and the days following it, but on every day of the year.
And among many things that can help bring that down, carpooling is among the top.
Because to do that, you need little more than your own willingness.
You need no law, no push, no directive from the government.
All you need to do is pick someone who has chosen to leave their car at home.
Or leave yours and travel with someone who chose to drive instead.
It is something you can do throughout the year.
But especially now, when the city is gearing up for Diwali.
Whichever side of the debate around crackers you may be on.
Happy Pooling! Happy Diwali!