Lighting up the diyas was very difficult. The winds kept blowing it off. My initial plan was to keep the diyas all along the stairs. After almost 8 failed attempts to keep them buring, I finally decided to keep them away from the stairs and kept those at the entrance of the house. That looked very pretty and they kept burning till almost midnight.
Initially we had plans to buy and burst crackers but then we were late and could not get any. And finally we decided not to burst any. There were so many crackers and fireworks all around that our Mittu was so scared. Likewise, all the stray dogs were running here and there helplessly and the birds and bats kept flying constantly out of the fear. This was a sad sight. So we didnt want to harm them any further. All of us gathered on our terrace for some time and watched the beautiful fireworks. I hate the noisy crackers but enjoyed the lights.
Finally when the city became calm, the air was smokey. But luckily it was a bit windy, so the smell and particles drifted away slowly. At around 11 pm everything was normal and that is when Mittu could atleast start sleeping peacefully. And the night was beautiful - windy and the clouds were drifting across the sky and it was cool also.