“What evil are we burning away by adding pollutants into our atmosphere?”


As little as 15 minutes ago, I was at a local park doing pull ups (16 in one go. Personal best!). While I was at it, a group of 5 kids, the eldest not more than 9 years old, came rushing into the park. They were very excited. One of them was carrying a figure; a crude figure of what had to be their depiction of Ravana.

To those of you who don’t know, let me provide some context. Every year, around this time in Oct, the festival of Dussera is celebrated in India. It is a festival drawn from the Hindu mythology of Ramayana. Ram is supposed to have defeated the demon king Ravana on this day. Since then till now, this day is celebrated as Dussera to signify the victory of good over evil.

Signifying this victory, a statue/doll of Ravana (of varying sizes) are burnt all over…

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