Last year ,with the house bereft of children, I wondered whether we should bring out the Ganpati at all but Hubby Dear insisted that we did and so last year’s Ganesh festival was not as exciting as this year’s since it would be Wow Dinga’s first Ganesha festival. I could hardly wait to see his reaction to everything – the flowers, the lights, the bells and of course the modaks.
I spent the better part of Hartilaka (the eve of the festival) shopping for floral decorations and was shocked at some of the astronomical figures that the florists seemed to quote so effortlessly. I was also amazed at the new fangled decorations – floral arches made of either real orchids dyed in hideous colours or blatantly plastic flowers that would far outlast the festival.
Despite the innovative use of roses and orchids, I still prefer the traditional garlands made out of seasonal flowers like marigold and mogra. Sadly the market didn’t have any of Ganesha’s favourite blooms – red hibiscus and red balsam.
With our Ganesha now back in the cupboard, I will spend the next few days visiting the community Ganesha in different neighbourhoods which I hope to capture with my new camera.