Ganesh Visarjan

ganesh visarjan is not an event to be missed, especially if you are in pune. thundering dhol-tasha pathaks in traditional attire, brass bands, magnificent chariots bedecked with flowers, groups with social messages.. absolute no match to the energy experienced here.
my attempt to capture the awesome festive atmosphere around in sketches.
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बुलंद है तिरंगे का हौसला, के सरहद पर पहरा सख्त है.
आज आपण दिवाळी साजरी करु शकतोय कारण तिथे सीमेवर जवान आपल्या जीवाची परवा ही न करत आपले रक्षण करत आहेत.
यंदाची दिवाळी भारतीय सैन्याला समर्पित करण्याच्या पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी यांच्या आवाहनास प्रतिसाद देत सर्व जवानांना दिवाळीच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा देणारा व्हिडिओ.
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ganeshchaturthi 2016

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा॥
vakra-tunndda maha-kaaya surya-koti samaprabha|
nirvighnam kuru me deva sarva-kaaryesu sarvadaa||
o lord (ganesha), of curved trunk, large body, and with the brilliance of a million suns,
please make all my works free of obstacles, always.

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एकदंताय वक्रतुण्डाय गौरीतनयाय धीमहि।
गजेशानाय भालचन्द्राय श्रीगणेशाय धीमहि॥





।। श्री महालक्ष्मी प्रसन्न ।।
या देवी सर्व भूतेशु विष्णूमायेति शब्दिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:||



Holi Hai

Amitabh classic, ‘Rang barse bheege chunarwaali’ is one of favourite songs for many; It is rustic, earthy and raunchy.. penned by the poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, I like it even more. The senior Bachchan with his corpus of work, such great poems as Agneepath, Madushaala and Chidhiya aur Churungun.. all deep, intense, philosophical poetry with an almost militant revolutionary undertone – formidable Hindi pundit had a naughty streak!
But that is the very spirit of Holi, a festival for the letting down of hair with bhang-fuelled bravado of the sort Amitabh displays in that song. Holi has always been proof that no matter how uptight and upright we pretend to be, we all have a wickedly fun-loving side to us. It can be seen in Bhojpuri poetry, in Punjabi wedding songs and, at times, even in sensually charged Sufi ballads! It is little wonder then, that at a time when nature is blossoming into spring, we add a dash of colour to our lives with Holi. Of course, Holi also represents the triumph of good over evil. But that needn’t be and is not a sombre or solemn celebration.
It is so much nicer that Holi is the festival of fun and frolic. Of pranks and passion.. Of indiscretions and innuendo… Of comedy and colours…. Colours that lift our spirits. Colours that transform everything in sight. May you never live in monochrome. Happy Holi.


Diwali bakshish

One thing about the festival seasons – especially Diwali what stand out is a pleasant feeling of generosity in the most stingy of persons. Diwali bakshish! Yeah you got it – It hardly matters if you see their faces throughout the year, they turn up at your door asking for their Diwali bakshish.
Gearing up to make the most of the festive season and for whom Diwali bakshish is a must have whether their employers believe in the practice or not… Watchmen, maids, malis, postmen, dhobis, safai karamcharis and all who have been conspicuous by their absence throughout the year when needed the most, suddenly surface- eager to serve. Domestic help start dropping hints about the Diwali bakshish and would expect it weeks before Diwali itself. Every year the demand could vary- the conventional items like sarees are now passé. So it could be silver earrings or anklets, clothes for their children and even wrist watches.
While most city folk are more than happy to oblige and take these demands amicably in keeping with the festival spirit, there are some who take it differently and don’t oblige.
Logical as that may sound, the Diwali bakshish has become part of the Diwali celebrations. After all goddess of wealth -Laxmi is supposed to visit everyone on this day and she can do with a little help from us! So with Diwali round the corner the bakshish is a budgeted item…