Diwali Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: When Every Mother’s OCD Peaks

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Diwali Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: When Every Mother’s OCD Peaks

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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hen one thinks of Diwali, what first comes to your mind is sweets, dry fruits, taash parties, and new clothes. Unless of course you live in Delhi. Then you perhaps think of smog and lung cancer before coming up with ways to skirt the ban on firecrackers. But before you get high on kaju katri and besan ladoo, you know the season is nearing when mama’s OCD peaks and every family undertakes its own personal version of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Diwali ki safai is not just another day where the family gets together to dust the table and clear the cupboard – it is an event. Mama announces the date in advance so that dad does not have “important work” that Sunday and the kids don’t have any “scenes” planned. The POA is all chalked out – which room will be cleaned first, who will be assigned what task, and there’s a designated time for lunch break. Lunch on Safai Diwas is simple cucumber sandwiches or idli-dosa from the nearest udupi. Mama has no time for fuss.

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