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Diwali Dhamaka

Diwali, The Festival of lights has always been the best time of the year in India like how Christmas is in US. Twenty+ years back there were a lot of thatched roof houses in Madurai. We lived in one of those and as Kids the only thing that the word Diwali related to us was Fire Crackers. If we were asked to pick two of the best from the variety of crackers we would pick Bottle Bomb and Rockets.

BOTTLE BOMB

It is the loudest of the lot and once it goes off it usually takes 10 minutes for the ears to start hearing the natural ambient sound, until then all you will hear is the ……geennnnnnnn …the ringing sound. Sometimes the clay padding in the bottom can fly off in random directions and hit some objects in the vicinity. So one needs to run away to a strategically selected direction at the correct angle after detonating. Otherwise it might be possible that the clay would enter your mouth navigate through your digestive system and come shooting out of your rear and you might not even know it happened until you notice a small coin size hole in the back of your pant pocket. This is another reason you have to stand facing the bottle bomb, for you don’t want the clay to traverse in the reverse direction.

On a Diwali afternoon, with a packet of these fire crackers we decided to kill the afternoon by killing our ears bursting these tiny monstrosities. It was an uninhabited street as everyone were napping from the heavy lunch in the afternoon. Except, there was this one guy in a Mukka kai Banian (Inner T-shirt) and Lungi patiently cleaning his TVS-50. We being the dadas of that street walked down to him with our collars up on our dirty shirts and the theme of Good bad ugly playing in the background.

Us: Dude, do you mind taking you and your moped inside your house? We are bursting these!

Him: Can’t you see I am cleaning. Scram!

Us: Don’t come complaining to us if there is any damage!

That’s it we walked off after warning him and we started bursting the pack one by one. With our curiosity spiraling up after every burst, We improved the experience by bursting under cardboard boxes and watching it fly up. As we were doing that, one of us suggested we have to go more sophisticated. We should use a Coconut shell. Intrigued by the idea, We hid one under the shell and lighted it up.

Booooooommmmm …. It was wonderful to watch the coconut shell roll and fly up. Meanwhile, the clay from the bottle bomb flew off and hit the Moped’s head light. Did this happen because we used the coconut shell? No one waited there to research as we promptly ran away to the next street and continued our bursting there. We warned him, he didn’t listen and he had to spend some money to fix that light.

ROCKET

As the sun set and darkness was getting darker we transitioned to the crackers that we would burst at nights. Rockets were the fun part. The best way to fire up a Rocket is from your terrace, but we were from Thatched roof houses which had no terrace so we had to fire it in the streets. Any one who knows India will be able to tell at length(pun intended) about the numerous electric wires that go across poles in the streets. So when you place the Rocket you have to position it precisely so it won’t go hit it. But the electro magnetic field around the wires made sure that it attracted the rocket to it, no matter how precisely we try to position. And so, the following three things happened with our Rockets that we burst.

1. The first one we fired deflected as it launched and it went and hit the roof of our house, stayed there for a while as it burned the powder and then it burst. At this point we should have notified our parents and taken necessary action but we were little kids and we didn’t see any fire so we decided to set another one up.

2. The second one was a small replica of the SLV rocket. It was a bit thick, heavy and was able to stand on its own legs and hence it was also known as Stand Rocket. This time I saw the rocket take off a bit slowly (as it was heavy), watching from about 5 feet far. It pulled down due its weight and started moving on the ground, went between my legs and hit the barotta shop around the street corner and burst there. Thankfully there was no damage and the shop was observing a diwali holiday.

3. The third one we fired deflected and went into an open (on top) bathroom of the neighbor, stayed there for a few seconds and burst. No major damage done, except I remember hearing a person screaming – “Amma Ayyo!”, what felt like a cry of help by summoning the Mother and Wife of Lord Yama and running out of the bathroom, peeing all over the floor and the legs. Ok, I made up the peeing part, but running out of the bathroom crying for help, what else could happen.

We would have went on with our Rocket launches had our friend’s father not noticed the sight. Our operation was stopped, Rockets confiscated and we were taken inside home and handed down some simpler and less damageable fire crackers, like a Kitchen matchbox.

DO NOT TRY THESE AT HOME OR OUTSIDE HOME, ATLEAST NOT NEAR MY HOME

From this what I am trying to say is,

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE DIWALI !

PS: For those iPhone/iPod touch owners wanting to celebrate a virtual Diwali, there is an App called Sonic Boom.

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30 thoughts on “Diwali Dhamaka

  1. Ahhhh boys!!! I could never understand the pleasure in bursting deafening crackers. I hate bombs and all those crackers which make noise above a certain decibel.

  2. bottle bombs? Sorry but nvr heard of them. The ones I know were the glass bottles that had petrol/kerosene in them with a cork that was set on flame!

    ok ok i know what you are thinking, but that was only used in adverse situations of vandalism and we ensured that no causalities occurred!

    you might not even know it happened until you notice a small coin size hole in the back of your pant pocket

    orey the too much!

  3. Oh yeaahhh!! I remember participating in these escapades during Deepavali; before my stand against child labour & then pollution. Now I just sit back and enjoy others do it.
    Well, I guess I was not the girly girly type who run away with ears covered or shun deafening crackers preferring the beautiful sparklers & flower pots (not that I avoided those!) πŸ™‚
    My mom got the scare of her life when as a kid I accepted a challenge to burst the atom bomb thingie by hand like you do those bijili ones πŸ˜€ She was like WTH am I bringing up?! Though, she did let me do it πŸ˜‰
    Have a nice Deepavali…guess you will be going to desi parties gorging on sweets. Wishing you and your family, especially your little one a beautiful deepavali πŸ™‚

  4. Oh yeah – I remember the atom and hydrogen bombs, which was traditionally reserved for the Deepavali afternoon – bursting with my bro and his friends (none of my friends were the cracker bursting type πŸ™‚ ). As you said in blog, it is a totally different ball game to celebrate Deepavali in India.

    Deepvali Nalvazhthukkal!

  5. I don’t know about these bottle bombs. Only bombs available here is Atom and hydrogen bomb. But ur rocket experiences are great that may challenge any scientist πŸ˜€
    Iniya deepavali nalvazthukkal! πŸ™‚

  6. 3. The third one we fired deflected and went into an open (on top) bathroom of the neighbor, stayed there for a few seconds and burst. No major damage done, except I remember hearing a person screaming – β€œAmma Ayyo!”, what felt like a cry of help by summoning the Mother and Wife of Lord Yama and running out of the bathroom, peeing all over the floor and the legs. Ok, I made up the peeing part, but running out of the bathroom crying for help, what else could happen.

    I was laughing like a maniac reading this. Careful not to laugh out too loud as my parents were sleeping. πŸ˜€

  7. Reema
    I could never understand the pleasure in bursting deafening crackers.
    You should hear it to understand it. Of course you will not able to hear any after that.

    I hate bombs and all those crackers which make noise above a certain decibel.
    Well, the new me doesn’t much like the decibel level either. But hey it is a one time thing you do
    in a year. So I don’t mind doing it just one day, although I have to fight the concern I have for
    the environment.
    Happy Diwali!

    Maxdavinci
    bottle bombs? Sorry but nvr heard of them.
    Don’t worry, when it goes off, you will definitely hear it. They look exactly like Computer
    samburani (now don’t ask me what this is), could be as big or bigger.

    The ones I know were the glass bottles that had petrol/kerosene in them with a cork that was
    set on flame!

    You are referring to a weapon normally made using soda bottle as and when needed by a dear thondar /gundar of our political party.

    adverse situations of vandalism and we ensured that no causalities occurred!
    Well, atleast the bottle is broken!

    orey the too much!
    Oru chinna exaggeration πŸ™‚ Happy Diwali!

  8. Apar
    I remember participating in these escapades during Deepavali;
    Fun days they were!

    before my stand against child labour & then pollution.
    Those could be the only reason that would stop me now from doing what I used to.

    beautiful sparklers & flower pots (not that I avoided those!) πŸ™‚
    I like those too. I also like Mercury and Changu chakkaram.

    as a kid I accepted a challenge to burst the atom bomb thingie by hand
    I haven’t done that. I have done kuruvi and lakshmi vedi like that.

    like you do those bijili ones
    bijili is too boring, so I just go for Saram.

    Though, she did let me do it πŸ˜‰
    Definitely, WTH she was bringing up πŸ™‚

    guess you will be going to desi parties gorging on sweets.
    Just a small friends party planned out. Gorging yes!

    Wishing you and your family, especially your little one a beautiful deepavali πŸ™‚
    Thank you, Happy Diwali to you and your family too πŸ™‚

    A-kay
    atom and hydrogen bombs, which was traditionally reserved for the Deepavali afternoon
    I guess its like that in most places. Cool! Sarams usually go off in the morning!

    As you said in blog, it is a totally different ball game to celebrate Deepavali in India.
    Indeed. The only way I can celebrate Diwali here in US is place a cup of water in the Microwave and stand at a distance and let it burst. But then I would be escorted out, so pretty much nothing.

    Deepvali Nalvazhthukkal!
    Ungalukkum, Iniya Deepavali Nalvazhthukkal!

  9. Kanagu
    I don’t know about these bottle bombs.
    Please see explanation in reply for Maxdavinci πŸ™‚

    Only bombs available here is Atom and hydrogen bomb.
    They should get the deafening job done too πŸ™‚

    But ur rocket experiences are great that may challenge any scientist
    You mean I could have aimed for the moon? I bet that would have been a Chandra”yawn”!

    Iniya deepavali nalvazthukkal! πŸ™‚
    Ungalukkum, Iniya Deepavali Nalvazhthukkal!

    Anniyan
    I was laughing like a maniac reading this.
    Thank you πŸ™‚ Though I don’t appreciate people becoming Maniacs after reading my posts πŸ™‚

    Careful not to laugh out too loud as my parents were sleeping.
    That should have been tough. Happy Diwali to you and your family πŸ™‚

  10. Lol, you sure took me down some good memories! Bottle bomb? Your description fits something we’d call ‘Samson bomb’…it came in a primarily yellow box and totally had that ‘gennnn’ (rofl) in the ears. Or ‘sutali bomb’ – it was just a bundle of green rope wound tight. That was quite a dynamite too, no pun intended.

    Oh and did you have these “Aapat-bar”s? (I’m sure they were called something else if you did). They looked like individual pebbles wrapped in colorful crepe-paper…all you do is hit it on the ground with force, preferably at the foot of an unsuspecting somebody!

    Thinking about it, we’d do quite mindless & dangerous things as kids…again, miss those days! Glad I bumped into your blog. I blame the length of my comment on the nostalgia of your post.

    -g

  11. I too loved firecrackers till a certain age but after that I lost interest. I used to experiment a lot with them. My sis was my apprentice.
    Once we took a huge bomb and placed a plastic bucket over it(turned upside down) and put a brick over it. The brick landed in our neighbour’s house and we never found the bucket. πŸ˜† Thankfully no one was hurt.

  12. Nice post ..we used to launch rockets through bare hands. .sounds crazy but was fun πŸ˜› …there were different ways in that too πŸ˜€

    I used to fire crackers like hell..i would bye so many that it would last one week even after the diwali. ..
    but now after coming to chennai all craze is gone ..
    celebrating diwali here in the morning doesn’t interest me ..
    and moreover i had freinds there ..here there aren’t many here ..

  13. haha, happy deepavali to you too Dinesh. πŸ™‚
    Firecrackers were akin to burning up money. Definitely, miss those times tho’ no?
    I meant bursting crackers not burning money πŸ™‚

  14. Gauri
    Lol, you sure took me down some good memories!
    I am glad πŸ™‚

    Bottle bomb? Your description fits something we’d call β€˜Samson bomb’
    I bet it was called by different names in different places. Geographical marketing.

    it was just a bundle of green rope wound tight.
    That we called it as Atom Bomb.

    They looked like individual pebbles wrapped in colorful crepe-paper…all you do is hit it on the ground with force
    He he … Yeah we used to called that Vengaya Vedi or Onion Cracker, as it was shaped like a small Onion.

    we’d do quite mindless & dangerous things as kids…again, miss those days!
    Yeah me too, missing those days.

    Glad I bumped into your blog.
    Glad you did, I got a new reader πŸ™‚ Hope you will have fun here. What’s more fun than life! Happy Diwali!

    Amit
    I too loved firecrackers till a certain age but after that I lost interest.
    You know me too, especially after joining work. I think work has some intoxicating essense that makes us forget those little happiness that we used to get. That’s why they call it workaholic I guess.

    Once we took a huge bomb and placed a plastic bucket over it(turned upside down) and put a brick over it.
    Whoa that would have been awesome.

    The brick landed in our neighbour’s house and we never found the bucket.
    How to make a Bucket disappear and how to brick your neighbour’s house! he he!

    Thankfully no one was hurt.
    Come on, what about the brick?
    Happy Diwali!

  15. Arvind
    Nice post ..we used to launch rockets through bare hands. .sounds crazy but was fun
    Yeah I have seen folks trying to do it. Most of them end up burning their hands. It can be a stupid thing to do. They might have thought of taking a trip to the moon.

    i would bye so many that it would last one week even after the diwali.
    Inertia, we try bursting the rest during Karthigai.

    and moreover i had freinds there ..here there aren’t many here ..
    Yeah, you need the right friends for these activities, otherwise it isn’t fun.
    Happy Diwali!

    Rads
    haha, happy deepavali to you too Dinesh.
    Happy Diwali to you and your family, Rads!

    Firecrackers were akin to burning up money.
    Well, a lot of other things burn money too πŸ™‚

    Definitely, miss those times tho’ no?
    Yeah, lovely times they were. I miss them.

    I meant bursting crackers not burning money
    Yeah, and now all we do is just burn money (metaphorically)

  16. Vishesh
    Happy Diwali to you and your family!
    rockets are dangerous
    A lot of the firecrackers are dangerous.

    but i like charam and the aerial shots
    I like them too. I like the fireworks that they do here for July 4th. It is amazing.

  17. ditto!! I have had similar expriences as a kid. I guess Vengaya Vedi is available only in smalltowns of TN these days.

    Wishing you a Happy Diwali πŸ™‚

  18. ditto!! I remember blasting bombs kicking Fevicol dabbas in the air. I think Vengaya Vedi is available only in small towns of TN these days.

    Wishing you a Happy Diwali πŸ™‚

  19. Smallstar
    It seems a great Festival!
    Indeed, Thank you πŸ™‚

    Nita
    Happy diwali and certainly a safe one!
    Thank you, wish you and your family too a very Happy Diwali!

    Praveen
    ditto!! I have had similar expriences as a kid.
    Glad, I evoked nostalgia among a lot of folks.

    I remember blasting bombs kicking Fevicol dabbas in the air
    Was that to prove Fevicol ki Jod is not so majbood.

    I guess Vengaya Vedi is available only in smalltowns of TN these days.
    Interesting.

    Wishing you a Happy Diwali πŸ™‚
    Wish you a Happy Diwali too!

  20. The environment bachao brigade has taken the fun out of bursting crackers. Your post reminded me of my own childhood. Bursting crackers used to be a lot of fun. Ignorance is bliss, the pollution scares, scared dogs and falling stock markets don’t let you enjoy the noise anymore.

  21. Rahul
    How i miss those Crackers, Chocolate Bombs, Kali Patkas
    I miss them too. It has been almost 4 years I think. Happy Diwali to you and your family!

    Pr3rna
    Welcome to my blog. Congratulations! You are the 1000th Commentator in my blog πŸ™‚
    The environment bachao brigade has taken the fun out of bursting crackers
    I hear that. I think it is ok to be conscious about our environment. I just hope they don’t become environment fundamentalist.

    Ignorance is bliss, the pollution scares, scared dogs and falling stock markets don’t let you enjoy the noise anymore.
    Yes Times have changed. Things have become much more complicated. I guess we have to live through the times πŸ™‚

    Wish you and your family a Happy Diwali!

  22. i am 25 yrs old and i jes made a two stage rocket…i still love bursting crackers and the two stage rocket worked like a dream…cudnt be any happier now..

  23. Rahul
    Welcome to my blog!
    i jes made a two stage rocket
    We used to get Double shot this way. It blasts in two stages.

    two stage rocket worked like a dream…cudnt be any happier now.
    Good for you, seems like you enjoyed it.

    Shivya
    BRilliant! old times
    Yup they are!

    wish i had an iPhone
    I think it will work on iPod Touch too!

    my diwali sucked. no lights, no crackers, no yummy food.
    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully next time you will have the fun!

    Oh well, Happy diwali to you
    Thank you, Belated wishes to you too!

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