Festivals in India – Can’t we have them free of pollution?

Let me admit, I am no saint. It is not that I don’t believe in God but I just don’t agree with this idea of blind faith, idol worship etc. Fine these are my thoughts so people who don’t like this concept please leave this post now. My pet peeve has always been the noiseContinue reading “Festivals in India – Can’t we have them free of pollution?”

Ganesh Visarjan – The after effects

Saturday, September 29, 2012 was the day of Ganesh Visarjan. This is the last day of Ganeshotsav when the Ganesh idols are immersed into the sea. This is accompanied by lots of people dancing on the streets, blaring music, lights etc. For the past few years I had been hearing about the harmful effects theContinue reading “Ganesh Visarjan – The after effects”

In the name of religion, life has no value…..

Friday was Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. So far so good. But year on year why this ritual of dahi handi? For those who do not know, dahi handi consists of the handi, a clay pot filled with buttermilk that is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event. People form a humanContinue reading “In the name of religion, life has no value…..”

India – A land of many cultures and festivals too!

Strange a title you would wonder but this is what I am beginning to realise yet again. I am an Indian at heart and an Indian by birth but my knowledge on festivals would be restricted to generally the ones we celebrate in western India. Today a colleague from our Bangalore office applied for leaveContinue reading “India – A land of many cultures and festivals too!”

Ganesh Chaturthi 2011

It is that time of the year when the elephant God, Lord Ganesh visits us for Ganesh Chaturthi and as usual I have my pet peeves which has nothing against the Lord but against the celebrations by us, lesser mortals. Firstly day 1 is a mad house with the traffic going bonkers and then the deafening noise.Continue reading “Ganesh Chaturthi 2011”

Noise levels and Indian festivities

We Indians seem to associate loud songs and music with festivals. Today is Janmashtami and the office would ideally have been quiet but someone outside is playing the worst of the worst songs ooops bhajans …. Even God I am sure would have punctured his ear drums today what with such lousy music blaring andContinue reading “Noise levels and Indian festivities”