Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Doubts on Religious Adherence........

It was litter over than late evening but couple of days ago I was travelling out of my city in our family car. I don’t know about others but when you live in a metro city these days you adopt couple of things. You start noticing things and store them in the closest cabinet of your brain, so when the time is right you could take them out and utilize them most conveniently. One of the lessons is about traffic.  When you travel around your city, you start noticing the traffic at different timings. Traffic in early morning or traffic in noon or more repeatedly in my case traffic in mid night ;-).

When we left to go off town in the late evening couple of days ago as mentioned above I took the traffic knowledge stored in my brain about the area we were going to get through to get ourselves out of the city. I was one of those preconceived notions regarding the traffic on that day. To my surprise traffic was as accurate I had hope for, but when god wants you to get late there is no power in the world that could stop it from happening.

We had almost left the city when we were stopped by this heavy one sided traffic. It was not difficult to figure what was happening on the blocked side of the road. It was Ganesh visarjan (immersion) carnival. The carnival was huge, I guess the whole suburb was there to make their presence. There are various methods of Ganesh visarjan carnivals in Pune. There is one method where they will use all the traditional Dhol and Taasha to make it look culture and there is another where they will recklessly play anything and mix with beats to please the crowds. I maybe saint in my behavior and in my imagination        ;-) but I have no issues what method is being used.

There is this new way these so called Djs or I should call them more appropriately knucklehead entertain the crowd. They use these four square speakers attached together in a box with loudest volume there possible is and they play these hit songs from the Hindi or Marathi movies. That night they not only delay the traffic but they had the courage to play all the latest garbage song at their loudest volume and I am not kidding about it but the volume was so loud that window of our car was shaking continuously. Had it been little louder than that then we would have travelled without the front or other windows for sure. My father expected had some rough comments about the crowd’s behavior and that got me thinking.

Ganpati festival is being celebrated in Maharashtra more than a century. I am sure when Lokamnya Tilak decided to make this annual festival that was limited to public event to bridge the gap between societies; the old people of that time had some reservations about the idea. I am sure fifty years ago some college going boy or a girl had this idea of using a lighting around the Ganpati Idol like we do in weddings, I am pretty sure even then old people of that society would have had hours of argument about this idea but society eventually adopted this change and move on.

I remember Ganpati festival in my childhood days. I spent my childhood in different cities and none of the time we had the privileged to use movie songs around Ganpati idol. We used to see big celebration on television in Mumbai city but even then they had these traditional instruments being used for the visarjan carnival.
When I see today’s kids dancing on movie songs around Ganpati I get worried. I feel worried that the purity of the Ganesh puja is getting neglected. I am worried that they will eventually start ignoring the tradition piece by piece, but there is another way of looking at it too.

Yes kids today are using instruments no one ever heard of. Yes their methods are worthy of argument. I am sure my grandkids or their kids will use some new gadget to make the whole scenario in the Mandap look hip, trendy and cool. Nevertheless even they do everything that we may or may not agree what different situation would they be than us? One of these days the people who started this festival hundred years ago are probably looking down from heaven and will have stronger reaction than what we will have hundred years from now

The crux of the story is this that we just need to let it go. We will have let them use all the new hip gadgets in the world. We will have let them dance on the vulgar numbers from the Hindi and Marathi movies but after the whole chaos at least for 10 minutes in both morning and evening kids and youngsters will stop their unforgiving acts. They will fold their hand, they will light up the diya and they will sing the traditional Aartis with their parents just like we did in our childhood or our parents did in theirs. They will sing the same aarti that our ancestor sung hundred years ago with the same dialect and same pronunciation. After all it is the thoughts that counts and not the action. God wins the day despite some of us disagreements. That’s what makes him Divine!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


We all have memories in our lives, ever since we enter this world we start learning things around us. We understand who our parents are. We understand who our relatives are. We understand who our friends are.

When we meet our best friend or a relative we all have stories for everything we did together, how did we meet? If the person is our best friends from school or college then we will definitely have stories of the mischievous incidents that happen during the respective learning institutions. Those stories may not have happen in recent years but they have their own importance and existence through us.

I have my own memories of my life. I remember doing murga with my best pal for straight two Marathi lectures just because we whispering in English on a national Hindi day in School. I have a memory of playing cricket on the playground behind our school where our school has built a nursery school now. I remember watching creepiest movie in the theater with my best friend on an early Friday morning show just because they used to cost us 30 rupees flat. I remember going to my IELTS exam on heavy rain in Mumbai for the first time on my own. I have a memory of walking on my ¾ for 3 miles from my home to Tesco store in the midnight in London with 3 inch snow on the street just to buy the chocolate flavored milk and couple of red bull so that I can finish my dissertation in time.

You know these are just the small little preview of the memories I have created since my school days till recent years.

In recent years the numbers of memories I have created have shrunk down with heavy percentages. These days what I am doing is what we call maintaining peace, something our government does in Kashmir. They don’t want to mess things up so they just keep things in motion without proper output. I have been doing things that I may not enjoy at fullest but this is part of the package that says do this or suffer with humiliation.

I don’t remember making a new friend in recent time that I will cherish to the rest of my life. I don’t remember doing anything dramatic that people with right character will find hard to digest. I don’t know how they pull this off but people around me have been quite the spender these days. I see those buying very expensive gadgets. They visit these exotic and strange tourist locations with their family and friends. I see people around me making big life decisions with the maximum ease in their behavior. When I compare my life then I am seriously the looser guy in the group. One of the toughest decisions that I have taken in recent days is of buying the 3D LED HD television for my parents for their anniversary or deciding which mobile phone will be cheapest one with maximum features.

May be this is a true sign of growing up. May be this is the sign of maturity. I don’t want to sound callous and selfish but I don’t see any drastic uphill or downhill in life. I have been living in Pune for two years and maybe I will settle down in the city too. Pune as a city ranks second in Maharashtra after Mumbai when I see the population. It is not a bad city to live in to but I am little scared and worried these days. I am worried that I will have nothing new to share with friends when I will meet them in party or function. I am scared that major portion of my life will be over much faster and much before I realize. When I see things through this approach I suffocate a bit.

I am not a scientist, I am not a doctor. I will never cure for major diseases or I will never create any alternative option for fuel. I am just going to be the curly guy in the crowd with a smile, but when I say this that doesn't mean God has the right to take life out my routine.

Sorry folks I really have no clue what to say now neither I have an ideal ending for this but if you like what I have written here then please do leave your comment and let me know your opinion. Thank you.