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September 2007
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Ganapati Bappa Morya!

 

The whole Mumbai has become saffron. Today, one day after the festival started, I can see children, ladies and men of all ages on the streets, charring their Ganapati Bappa with them for immersion.They are all colored in abeer. They shout:

 

Ganapati Bappa Morya! Mangal Murthi Morya!

 

Ek Do Teen Chaar, Ganapati ki Jaya-jaya-kaar!

 

There are homes and organisers who will keep Ganapati for some more days with them. Political parties like Sev Sena, NCP and BJP have sponsored many Pooja organizers. All the road sides are decorated colorfully. In the night, the streets become bright with beautiful lighting. The spirit of Mumbai can be seen alive.

 

All are equal until they have Ganapati

in their homes and hearts…