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Diwali is here and students will end by doing the same things they do every year,; spending a bomb on clothes and gadgets. Here area five things they can do instead that will be a life-changing experience.
Diwali commemorates the returning of Lord Rama to the Kingdom after 14 years of exile. The festival of homecoming, lights and indulgence is awaited by students most eagerly as the schools shut down for a long vacation, exam has just concluded or are nowhere near and there is a nip in the air. If pollution can be braved, this is one of the most enjoyable festivals in India.
The students start planning for a vacation or a Diwali party with their family and friends much in advance. The shopping fever kicks a month back and the parents too bow down to the extravagant wishes of their lads during Diwali. Above everything, as a student, you can inculcate some healthy habits and introduce yourself to a new activity that in turn will shape up your personality in long run.
Clean your study area
One thing associated with student life is procrastination. You love to delay every work, be it assignments or cleaning the workshop. You will always wait till the last minute to complete an assignment or clean the room only when you cannot find anything you need urgently. Give laziness a miss this Diwali. Clean your study area, arrange the books according to its importance. Remove the ones you will never use. Paint the walls. Provide adequate lighting to the area. Put motivational posters on the wall. This will get you positive vibes when studying.
Join an NGO and contribute towards its cause
When was the last time you really supported a cause? It`s time you be a part of it. Visit the NGO, know about their functionalities and inquire how you can be a part of it. Once you start volunteering for the cause you will enlighten your life with a newfound peace. There is no happiness bigger than to looking back and seeing that your honest efforts have changed someone’s life for good. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Be a champion of the good by teaching slum dwellers, or aiding them to live a relatively easier life.
Give up your old clothes and books to the needy
You are in the habit of impulsive shopping and with the blessing of e-commerce, almost everyone is. But do you wear on all your clothes frequently? It is time to give up the clothes you have abandoned for the ones who need them more. Your books for lower grades can kick-start his learning that he left long back because he couldn’t afford it. There is no deed mightier than bringing a smile to someone’s face this Diwali.
Try to educate people about growing pollution level
Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers and the decision has not been taken with zeal by many. As the torch bearer of the future generation, it is your responsibility to educate people about the ill effects of bursting firecrackers. Team up with your friend. Design placards and put them up in your community. Ask the newspaperman to distribute pamphlets that describe the harrowing experience post-Diwali. The pamphlets can also educate about how to protect pets and asthma patients. This noble deed will make you a favourite amongst your community.
Leave your gadgets for a day and spend time with family/ friends
Your i-Phone is your best friend. You cannot stay away for long. Do you realize they eat up almost all of your time? The time you spend using multiple apps to socialize can be used to interact with friends. Leave the virtual world for the real one at least for Diwali. Give your mom a hand in decorating the home, try preparing some delicacies yourself. Teach your grandparents how to take selfies. Unwrap the goodies you received from neighbors and relatives together. Visit old photographs and when you break out in laughter relive your memories.
Festivals come and go. This Diwali will also end with the wait for the next one. A good deed you start this Diwali will reap you results later.
Let us know your Diwali plans.