The festive season is in the air.
Ganesh festival has ended recently.
And now it is the time for Navrarti. A celebration of complete nine days.
Every festival has a certain “feel-good” factor associated with it.
I love festivals. Everything is jovial and fun-filled about festivals. Especially, I like the way they were started. In Hindu culture, festivals are closely associated with seasons. (This is the little amount of gyaan I have got from my Grandpa)
But, I realized a small ‘wrong’ thing with the way we celebrate our festivals, our happiness.
First, let me tell you one thing, I don’t know why, but I haven’t ever felt affection towards animals. I mean I would never feel cuddly about pets (especially cats or dogs) or I have always hated the predators that grab and cut the prey on “National Geographic” or I never thought that elephants or reptiles were cool! (And yes the bottom line always is that the “chipkali” sucks!)
Well…well….getting back to the point.
A few days back, in my Japanese class, my teacher’s pet dog Pluto…suddenly burst in the classroom, making mournful and miserable sounding noises. His voice was of pain. Suddenly for a moment I noticed that the usual loudly barking dog was in the most pitiful condition, it was bashing here and there in a terrified movement of searching a place to hide.
Obviously, in such a situation, my face reflected a question mark.
I asked my Sensei (teacher). Then she explained that the dog couldn’t bear the noise of the sandal playing 4 floors down the house on a nearby road! I listened keenly and realized that there indeed was a Ganpati-Visarjan Sandal playing somewhere nearby.
But the dog was frightened. Its misery was a depressing scene to my, (a non dog lover’s) eye.
After that, I noticed quite a few times, that the dogs ran in opposite direction of the Sandal or bands playing in marriage processions.
And then I remembered the noise pollution lessons from school. Our science teacher always said how noise pollution hurt animals and patients and aged-people. But we, like always, read it, mugged it up and wrote in the exams to forget it forever.
It’s a pity we overlook the other beings in “our” happiness.
It’s a shame we create noises instead of spreading peace.
Give it some thought friends!
Let me know what you think.