Today is Day 5 for my 30 Day Letter Challenge. I am writing on Day 27: The friendliest person you knew for only one. It’s Ganesh Chaturthi and this post is dedicated to Ganesha. Hope you like it.
The friendliest person you knew for only one
His name is Bappa! We hail him ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’. He is visiting us right now to stay in our home and heart as we adorn his abode made with love, offering his favorite sweet, Modak. He is such a cute kid. We call him Ganesha, Siddhivinayak, Lalbaug Cha Raja, the remover of all obstacles. He is friendly and charming as he stands tall, displaying his mighty trunk.
Bappa is truly the delight of children and grown-ups as his innocent face draws us to him like magnet. We perform the Dahi Handi, climbing on each other’s back, forming a vast swathe of human chain to break the earthen pot. What a scene! The icing on the cake is when kids gyrate to your name, dancing to the typical ‘tapori Mumbai’ style song. Our Gangnam to your name. Jai Ganesha!
You gave me wonderful memories in Pune and Mumbai where we celebrated you with passion, fervor and devotion. Our joy knows no limits to celebrate your presence among ourselves. Hopping from one Pandal to another-there is no dearth of it in every nook-and-corner of cities in Maharashtra- to sing your glory and perform arati in fill swing-cum glitzy celebration. It’s our moment of utter madness as we witness cities like Mumbai and Pune becoming a celebration of sort, crowd teeming out on the street, carrying you on their shoulders where film and cricket celebrities, politicians and commoner become one.
How I miss the Visarjan in Mumbai! Walking at length to reach the sea water at Chowapatty in Mumbai, storming our way in the crowd, struggling to find our steps on the beach, as we get carried towards the water. A jamboree of sort and your life is made into a big party on the beach witnessing a communion among the crowd, irrespective of race, caste, creed or sex. You know why we love you our most friendly, Ganesha? Despite minor squabble and riff during the year, you unite us as we smile and laugh by chanting your name loudly.
Stay charming, my friend Ganesha.
Ganpati Bappa Morya!
Wishing all of you folks, a very happy Ganpatti.
Ganesh Chaturtiya Hardik Subeccha.
Love you my friend, Ganesha