Thursday, September 04, 2008

Chants on the loudspeakers enroute to work. (later in the day, blaring movie songs as well). Marigold garlands. Strings of lights strung across the road. The roar of drumbeats- hypnotic. The cheers of the crowds taking the Ganpati idols for immersion.
Something glorious in the air.

12 comments:

AmitL said...

Arghh- Madamji, stop making me feel more and more nostalgic.:)Something glorious in the air, indeed.The only part I dislike is the people who get drunk on Visarjan day(in Baroda) and create an unnecessary ruckus.

AmitL said...

Hi,Austy-you have an honourable mention again, in my post.:)

norrbu said...

India's for a more spiritual (and historic) quest. And the cricket. The cricket definitely tops the list.

Portia said...

festive! am i crazy or do i remember hearing about this celebration last year? you convey such a lively and beautiful energy in your description.

manuscrypts said...

more yeah :)

PQ said...

Ganpati Bappa Moraya!!! Phudchya varshi laukar ya :-)

burf said...

i sense the undercurrent of fanaticism

ashi said...

yaaayy! I finally found you!

urvashimehta said...

trying this with typekey....man things have gotten complicated!

austere said...

ashi- thanks, complicated and simple both work. or not at all.:)

burf- subtle, possibly. But the politics is upfront, large hoardings of the local MP/ builder wannabe polti in case one misses the point.


PQ- louder!

Portia- Oh yes! :) You remembered!

Norrbu- a khichdi of a lot of things, no?And yet, Sarnath, Sanchi, Kurukshetra.

Amit- Thank you.I'm delighted.
Ruckus likewise on the visarjan day, on a scale much grander.

HOBO said...

Ganpati Bappa Moraya !!!

austere said...

And the modak, and the drums, not to forget. :)