‘Happy Thanksgiving! Merry Christmas!’
Or the Indian equivalents for Hindu festivities: ‘Ganpati Bappa, Morya’
These words spring joy in every Mumbaikar. Mumbai can be associated with many things, but I associate it with the Ganpati Festival.
It is a festival of joy and togetherness which is celebrated in mid-August/September. As a child, I would go visit exhibitions for the holiday. Each year the exhibition would get bigger and more grandeur.
This beauty would become a horrid sight on the day of immersion. The day Ganpati, the deity, is brought, the entire city is celebrating and when it leaves, the entire city is mourning.
The environment is toxic. And the letdown after the holidays is of epidemic proportion. Not just in India, everywhere.
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