This Diwali #livemore


Diwali is a festival of lights.
Haha, you know that. God that’s too simple a start.
Lets try this again
Diwali is a festival of lights.The streets are lit bright, our houses are swept clean, everything is prettily decorated, there is a vibe all around you, a positive feel-good vibe, there is something different about the atmosphere – you are around your near and dear ones and collectively everyone is in a good happy nice mood.

That is how Diwali looks and feels.

But, then there is also that morning after Diwali. When the entire city is covered in smoke from the crackers burnt last night. And there is also that week after Diwali when you realise that you have put on a few more kgs that you thought you would.

Everything, as we know it, is changing all around us. Last year all of us came together and voted an incompetent government out of power, a few days ago some of us got together and made it clear to that government that it cannot rule everywhere ( time will tell whether we did the right thing or not). Wouldn’t it be such a drag if we did it this time in the same manner that we have been doing it all this while especially when we know that we can do better, much better.

How, how do we do it better, you ask?
There could be more, but we shall just stick to the basics –

1. #LightMoreLiveMore
Light more diyas. Hang up more bright blinking LEDS. Do this not just for your house or for your street, do it for places which seldom see light. Go light a poor neighbourhood. Or if you feel excessively adventurous go light a village without power. Stick to the poor neighbourhood for this festival. Light has been historically linked with hope. Light the house of those less privileged than you, give them some hope, help them live more.

  1. #BurnLessLiveMore
    Why do you hate this planet?
    Why do you hate the environment?
    No you don’t?
    Of course you do. You are always doing things which hurt earth, aren’t you?

Anyway, that is a discussion for another time. But I think you get what I am saying. Don’t be stupid and burn crackers and pollute this beautiful planet because of which you exist.

No. Don’t . Just don’t.


  1. #EatLessLiveMore
    This is one is just for your own selfish good, you will thank me once this festival is over. By now, I guess, most of us have learnt that weight is easier gained than lost. So please please watch what you are eating, don’t over eat, don’t over drink.

Be a little sensible, be safe and have a brilliant holiday season!



Earthquake Safety Rules

Our deepest sympathies lie with the people of Nepal. We too have suffered causalities  in UP and Bihar. As rescue missions continue, this article, I agree, comes a little too late, acting in retrospection seems to be our thing. Nevertheless here are a few do’s, don’ts, other safety tips and preventive measures for dealing with earthquakes.

Safety Tips

  • Have an earthquake readiness plan.
  • Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  • Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.

If Shaking Begins

  • Do not panic, stay calm
  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

After the earthquake:

  1. Check for casualties and seek assistance if needed.
  2. If you suspect a gas leak, open windows and shut off the main valve. Leave the building and report the gas leaks. Do not light a fire or use the telephone at the site.
  3. Turn off the main valve if water supply is damaged.
  4. Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency or to obtain assistance.
  5. Stay out of severely damaged buildings as aftershocks may cause them to collapse. Report any building damage to the authorities.
  6. As a precaution against tsunamis, stay away from shores, beaches and low-lying coastal areas.  If you are there, move inland or to higher grounds.  The upper floors of high, multi-storey, reinforced concrete building can provide safe refuge if there is no time to quickly move inland or to higher grounds.


We did the reading for this article from this National Geographic article and this government guideline. The image was originally seen here.