Noisy season of festivals has started

Posted: November 19, 2012 in india, rants

One can hardly say enough about the lack of civic sense in Indians. The noisy religious activities are just one of the many ways in which this manifests. There are two mosques located within a short distance from where I live. For reasons beyond my comprehension, they feel it necessary to shout their lungs out into a large array of huge loud speakers mounted atop those buildings, several times a day. It’s really annoying to wake up at five in the morning to a loud noise. When I cribbed about this on twitter, a friend of mine told me that I shouldn’t be critical of mosques in particular. Well, it wasn’t like I went out of my way to criticise them. They were the ones irritating me at the time and I vented it out on twitter. Apparently, I should have somehow blamed Hindus for something, to balance out. In India if you talk anything remotely negative about anything remotely connected to any of the monotheistic religions, you are immediately labelled a fanatic.There are more than half a dozen temples, small and big, around my house, within the same distance as these mosques. But fortunately none of those temples have loud speakers. What they do within their premises is their own business, and I don’t have any reason to complain as long as they keep it to themselves. Several years ago Supreme court has banned the use of loud speakers in open spaces. All those mosques and other religious places carrying the loud speakers are breaking the laws of the land. Of course, there is no way we can make them comply; is there?

During the month of Ramadan, the Muslim community in the neighborhood goes berserk. They run around in the streets at 3’O clock in the morning, asking everyone to wake up and prepare for Roza. They carry some sort of drums and beat them really loud, and a bunch of guys would be screaming. The loudspeakers atop the mosques keep reminding that they should finish their meal before the stipulated time.  Do I have to tell you how hard it is to sleep with all that blazing noise! Around this time, Hindus decide that they can be as noisy as their Muslim brethren, and they clebrate their Ganesha festival with loud noise; they block roads for their Ganesha pandals and processions.

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