……Appa, I must admit, that I think you are a rockstar.
Today when I sat alone in the morning, as R was in snoozeland, drinking that really sad haldi milk because of a whooper of a throat ache, wondering whether the viserjans in Baroda were so so noisy, I remembered the years when you made that clay Ganapati for Bhai and me.
I remember one year Bhai and I created such a fuss about Ganpati coming in the other Maharashtrian households of the society but not in our house. Then you said you would make a Ganpati for us. We didnt believe you.
But you took a whole lot of mud from the garden, mixed water with it, made it soft and then started making it. bhai and I couldnt believe our eyes when the back of the Ganpati took shape. and then his huge belly. And then you made the hands and the ears and the face. And last you added the trunk. and even added the small tusk. Bhai and I just gaped how easily you made it. I wondered if you were a potter in your previous janam 🙂
and then Amma added that extra bit by putting eyes of channa dal, and a necklace made of cotton and kumkum. You even added a poonal to the Ganpati. and to make the Ganpati smiling you added small bits of urad dal. And then you cut out gold paper and made the crown as well. Bhai and I were pretty speechless.
And we loved praying to that Ganpati. He was cute, adorable and absolutely awe inspiring.
Then it became an yearly ritual when we were kids. You would make the Ganpati, we would pray on Ganesh Chaturthi day, then Amma would keep it slightly aside, and we would do viserjan when the other Ganpatis of the society left after 5 days. Though ours was the heaviest to carry…phew!
Until we grew a bit older. Started college. and then we wanted colourful Ganpatis. Not just a plain brown one. We wanted bright pinks and gaudy blues. We wanted artificial colours and imitation jewelry. You tried to convince us to go natural, but we were teenagers, rebelling what you said. Amma gave up and just asked you to order one along with the other folks in the society. I am sure you were disappointed with us no?
though you never told us 🙂
Now, I feel bad. I feel awful that we didnt listen to your ‘go natural’ stuff. We would have definitely contributed a bit to the environmental pollution those years.
Now that the brat is 5, I am wondering if next year, I should make a Ganpati for her from clay. May be I will try and check if I was a potter in my previous janam.
Sorry for being that teenage rebel. AND Thank you for giving me memories I will continue to cherish forever. Just a bit sad, that we never captured the awesome Ganpati’s picture, but I do have him in the album of my mind, okay?