Swine flu ( hype or real?!) was kind of sucking the general happiness of Bangalore for the last couple of weeks - like the dementors in Harry Potter’s magical world!
Media is all over – reporting every hour on the swine flu, schools are closed down, kids are held back at home with parents, roads are deserted, lots of doctor’s visit for small illness – which we would have ignored on a normal scenario! I was almost desperate - ‘Gosh, Bangalore needs a break!’
And then came the most inspiring “Ganesh Habba” - real welcome change! I could see sudden change of mood - the festivities, people talking about what to prepare and where to buy the ‘green’ Ganesha!…..There indeed is the much awaited positive energy….like the dementors are pushed away by the power of magic!…
Believers may say it is the presence of Ganesha and Atheists may say it is the positive energy due to the social gatherings!! Be an atheist or a believer, there is no denying the fact these religious festivals bring in positive energy around! Ofcourse, these festivities are indeed a great way of keeping the energy levels high!! I am sure our ancestors are indeed much more intelligent than what we imagine - to establish such frameworks to ensure that life’s energy keeps flowing - As Paulo Coelho puts it so well in his “Alchemist” - “traditions can never go wrong”
Thank you, Ganesha!!