Lalbaugcharaja

Lalbaugcharaja is the Mumbais favorite Ganapati. Year after year devotees throng to get a glimpse of the huge Ganapati idol
in Lalbaug,Mumbai. Witnessing a darshan queue as long as 4-5 km is not unusual. It is believed that by praying to the
Lalbaugcha Raja one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The main attraction here is a golden crown of two kg, golden bracelets and
other gold ornaments.
This year we thought of going to lalbaug to see the Ganapati and chose to go in the night to avoid the crowd. We reached
the Ganapati at 11 in the night expecting to back within an hour only to find a long queue. It took us a good twenty-five
minutes to find the end of the queue where we could join. Looking at the length of the queue it looked as if was impossible
to get the darshan before 5:00 in the morning.
There are two queues
1. Mukhadarshan — You can see the idol from a distance
2. Darshan — Where you get to go near the Stage
We joined the first. I was told for the later one had to stand in the queue for around 22 hrs before getting the darshan.
Even before I saw the Ganapati I was amazed, amazed at the crowd that had gathered there. One could hardly feel it was 12
or 1:00 in the night. The place was crowded with all kinds of people including kids. It was nothing
less of a mela(a fair).Apart from people selling photos of Lalbaugcharaja, flowers and coconut to offer the god, there were
lots of people selling vada pav,dosa, chips,cold-drinks and everything you could think of in a fun fair. All these were
open(and crowded) even at 2:00 in the night!!!
We were lucky that the queue moved pretty fast. The organisers and the police had taken enough measures to handle the
crowd. We finally got the darshan at 1:45 am and it was awesome. Though I didn’t expect the line to end that far from the
idol, it was a great experience. It was indeed a treat watching the Lalbaugcharaja :) and an awesome Vada pav after that
makes all the effort worth it. We did also visit some other Ganapati mandals after that. But the award goes to the Mumbai
spirit and the people coz if it was not for the watch that I was wearing I would have hardly realised that I was roaming
around at that ungodly hours in the night
Lalbaugcharaja

Lalbaugcharaja

Lalbaugcharaja is the Mumbais favorite Ganapati. Year after year devotees throng to get a glimpse of the huge Ganapati idol in Lalbaug,Mumbai. Witnessing a darshan queue as long as 4-5 km is not unusual. It is believed that by praying to the Lalbaugcha Raja one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The main attraction here is a golden crown of two kg, golden bracelets and other gold ornaments.

This year we thought of going to lalbaug to see the Ganapati and chose to go in the night to avoid the crowd. We reached the Ganapati at 11 in the night expecting to back within an hour only to find a long queue. It took us a good twenty-five minutes to find the end of the queue where we could join. Looking at the length of the queue it looked as if was impossible to get the darshan before 5:00 in the morning.

There are two queues

1. Mukhadarshan — You can see the idol from a distance

2. Darshan — Where you get to go near the Stage

We joined the first. I was told for the later one had to stand in the queue for around 22 hrs before getting the darshan. Even before I saw the Ganapati I was amazed, amazed at the crowd that had gathered there. One could hardly feel it was nearly twelve in the night. The place was crowded with all kinds of people including kids. It was nothing less of a mela(a fair). Apart from people selling photos of Lalbaugcharaja, flowers and coconut to offer the god, there were lots of people selling vada pav,dosa, chips,cold-drinks and everything you could think of in a fun fair. All these were open(and crowded) even at 2:00 in the night!!!

We were lucky that the queue moved pretty fast. The organisers and the police had taken enough measures to handle the crowd. We finally got the darshan at 1:45 am and it was awesome. Though I didn’t expect the darshan to be that far from the idol, it was a great experience. It was indeed a treat watching the Lalbaugcharaja :) and an awesome Vada pav after that makes all the effort worth it. We did also visit some other Ganapati mandals before reaching home at 6:00 in the morning and I loved them too. But if there is an award that must go to the Mumbai spirit and the people coz if it was not for the watch that I was wearing I would have hardly realised that I was roaming around at that ungodly hours in the night.

Swine Flu Scare

Everybody loves talking about the hype that media creates for issues not very significant. The recent one being Swine Flu. So obviously most of them feel it need not be heeded. Just another piece of news. Everybody is wearing a mask for protection(atleast in Mumbai and Pune). It is the other thing most of them are aware they do not help the uninfected ones. If a mask was all it required to stop the pandemic from spreading, it wouldn’t  have been a global issue by now.

Masked crowd are thronging Malls and other public places. The Swine flu threat is for real guys. Wake up. It has already resulted in casualty. What are people expecting? Probably they are waiting for some more numbers so that they can believe.

People need to understand. If the disease spreads we don’t have enough infrastructure and resources to diagnose let alone treat. There is no point in closing down schools,colleges and multiplexes if people continue do not co-operate.

Education Bill passed

Parliament has adopted ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009,’ which envisages free and compulsory education to children in the 6-14 age group.

That is some great news. Education is a great leveler and this bill was long awaited.  Now let us hope that this is implemented properly and translates into an educated and enlightened India.

It was also great to know that the bill also seeks to do away with the practice of schools taking capitation fees before admission and subjecting the child or parents to any screening procedure and I hope they do away with unwanted reservations. We also need to wait and see what would be the medium of instruction and how do they bring the kids to school whose parents just refuse to send their kids to school. Also the funds and infrastructure required for the project are huge.

The Question Behind the Question

I knew of a phrase called as ‘reading between the lines’ which means “To perceive or detect an obscure or unexpressed meaning”. But there are people who might take it to a different level. This morning I met a lady in the train who asked me “Yeh Train Bandra pe rukegi kya? “(Does the train stop at Bandra Station?).  Like a very good and helpful citizen I gave her even the smallest details. After all the story she did not get down at Bandra. I gave her a surprised look to which she replied “Mujhe Dadar Utarna hai. Lekin Bandra usse pehle aata hai is liye poocha”(I want to get down at Dadar but because Bandra comes before Dadar So I asked about Bandra) :shock:

She could have said “Please inform me when the train reaches Dadar station”, “How long does it take to reach dadar” or any damn sentence with a mention of Dadar. How are people expected to understand the question behind the question? I felt like a fool having wasted my precious morning time giving out useless information.  And if I were not to get down at dadar for office, I would have made her sit in the compartment and given her the details of all the stations from Borivali to Dadar, even in the opposite direction!!! (because they all come before Dadar) . Can’t think of any better answer to her question.