Party Non-Stop, Desi Style!

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How do we find place for everything in Mumbai? Where is the space? It’s as if we carve out spaces as and when we need it and then just hide them again…

Ganpati Visarjan 2012, Courtesy: Ishita Sharma

Ganpati bappa just went back home – but has anyone gone back to Lalbaug and seen where he was sitting? You won’t be able to believe how small the gallis are and how easily he just made space for 10 days in that corner and in our hearts.

Before that was Janmashtmi, where we don’t care if we don’t have trees or long poles to hang the matki from – we just use the buildings around or some electric pole. So what if the road is getting blocked?!

Navratri just went by too. Not only do huge grounds, building compounds and gallis got decorated and danced in… you would have noticed, on the highway – the service lanes have their set of dancing groups from the nearby slums, complete with full DJs and lights.

Bakri Id is celebrated with equal gusto in Bandra and Mohammad Ali road and Dassera’s presence is felt with cars being decorated with Genda phool. (which is cheapest if bought two days earlier from Dadar market)

Durga Pujo was also in the city at its own level. Shivaji Park celebrations were heard of, but now Powai has a huge Pandal going up every year and of course Lokhandwala has its share of ‘stars’ visiting.

Durga Pandal, Chembur, Courtesy: Ratan Sharda

HOW? How does this city manage? Every sect, every festival finds its place here and one cannot miss the buzz even if one wants to. The Janmashtmi matki-fodo traditions cause road blocks, Ganpati idol immersions on day 1.5, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10 cause major traffic jams, the Navratri celebrations are heard through loudspeakers in almost every area (even if you are not a Gujarati, chances are you know Pankhida- the song and other such related Gujarati songs).

But, we still manage every year. It’s as if the whole city comes out in full form from Gokulashtmi to New Year non-stop. Just find a party and gate-crash! You even get to chose which kind of party you want – music, street-dancing, garba-dancing, speeches, human-pyramids, wearing costumes, playing with colour, staying up late, eating at Amar juice center or Bade Miyan at 2 am and still going to work the next day.

For the first time since I shifted out of Mumbai – I can say, yes, I do miss the buzz. The energy is just in-your-face, though sometimes too much of it. So I’d still say, enter at your own risk!

 

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Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.

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Divya Sharda

Divya Sharda
Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.