Today was Vinayaka Chathurthi and I spent it unlike the way I’ve spent 48 Chathurthis. And I’m still feeling the slightest tinge of surprise that the wrath of an Unknown power or more likely, the words of a Known Power haven’t struck me down. It still is hard to digest that ultimately, one is answerable to oneself only. And if I don’t want to do something, its perfectly okay.
The kids and I started off the day at a Lab to have some blood tests done and then spent the rest of the day shopping. We ate two meals at restaurants, met some relatives and generally had a nice day out. Blameless and innocuous but on a special day?? Around us, celebrations were on in all parts of the city with lots of loud music, huge Ganeshas and decorations in paper and flowers.
The strange part was discovering that a great many people in the city don’t go all out to celebrate the festival either. Many people make a stab at making either kolukattais or sundal and many don’t even try , preferring to queue up at ‘Krishna sweets’ instead. A simple puja with a Ganesh idol in new mud or even an old idol suffices (more kind to the environment this way). While public celebrations are getting wilder and louder and more political, private celebrations are toning down.
The times are changing and I’m mostly fine with it 🙂