It’s always interesting to see how different parts of the world respond to noise. We were not surprised to find that The Times of India reported a lot of injuries during Diwali, which happened on November 3rd. The “festival of lights” is a time for celebration and, like our New Year, often involves candles, firecrackers, and fireworks.
Sadly, more than 100 children were injured in the city of Hyderabad thanks to firecrackers. Several people, including adults, were injured enough to need surgery.
But what interested us most was the rise in noise levels around the city of Kukatpally. The average noise level there is not supposed to be higher than 45 decibels on a regular day. During Diwali, the noise level generall averages around 65 – 80 decibels. This year, the noise level rose all the way to 112 decibels – a huge increase.
Unfortunately, there’s no soundproofing mechanism you can use to protect yourself from partying and fireworks. Except, of course, staying indoors and out of the crowds.