Riya Sen hates the tradition of bursting crackers during Diwali. “The very thought stresses me out. What can’t this one be a #NoCrackersDiwali and be celebrated with lights? Many COVID positive patients are suffering from respiratory problems and if we burst crackers and pollute the air with smoke and chemical fumes, then the situation might get worse for them. That apart, the noise pollution is dangerous for animals. It is my request to all to stay away from crackers this Diwali,” she said.
The actress, who is back in town after holidaying in Gangtok during Durga Puja, told us that she really enjoyed the experience. “I spent Puja in Gangtok and it was a blessed and rewarding break. It was such a relief to breathe in the clean mountain air and be among clean water springs and mountains,” she said.
Revealing that she missed her patents terribly during the vacation, she said, “It was the first Puja I had spent without them. But the warmth and friendliness of the people in Gangtok helped fill the void. I stayed at a beautiful heritage hotel and my room overlooked the Kanchenjunga. I also fell in love with the resident hotel dog, Hilton, a gorgeous Samoyed. The polite staff and wonderful ambiance made it the perfect property to stay in.”
When asked what else she did during her stay, she said, “I went sightseeing and was awed by the sweeping mountain views of Gangtok from Tashi Point and the beautiful view of Tsongmo Lake. And finally, the food! I had the most delicious momos. Upon my return to Kolkata, I realised just how much better the quality of life is in Sikkim, and at such a reasonable price!” said the actress.