Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ganapati Visarjan 2009

I know it’s very late for writing this post. But I guess it’s never too late to do anything that you want to do. So here it goes. The Lord Ganesh festival ended on 3rd September, 2009 with devotees immersing the Lord Ganesh idols in the various water bodies across Mumbai. Some were immersed in lakes, some in the sea and the rest in temporary man-made pools. This immersion of Lord Ganesh idols is popularly called ‘Ganapati Visarjan’.

On that day, I had gone to work. Most of the offices were working half day so that their employees could go home early in order to avoid getting stuck in traffic caused due to the Ganapati processions. Lord Ganesh devotees march the idols in huge processions towards the water bodies for immersing, dancing on the way to the tune of loud music. I had a lot of work and hence could move out of office at about 9:00 pm. I got into my car. The roads were almost empty. I picked up my wife and started my 35 km journey towards home. I avoided the Lower Parel flyover in order to avoid going to Tilak Bridge since most of the Ganapati processions advance to the sea via that route. I took the Elphinstone Road Bridge instead.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Indian Football – Glory and Overhaul

The Indian football team has given great joy to the entire nation by winning their second successive Nehru Cup title by beating higher ranked Syria 6-5 in a thrilling match that had to be decided on a penalty shoot-out.


The man of the match was India’s goalkeeper Subrata Paul who pulled off 3 breath-taking saves in the penalty shoot-out including the most important one in the sudden death that won the match for India.