Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ganesh Vandana !!!

Shree Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada॥

This is a Sanskrit sloka of Lord Ganesha. It means “O Lord Ganesha of the curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of Suns, please bless me to that I do not face any obstacles in my endeavors.”

Ganesh is the Hindu elephant-headed God. HE is the remover of all obstacles. HE is sign of good fortune. Ganesh is probably the most lovable and mischievous deity among all the Gods. Bappa is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions; especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a new business. There can hardly be a [Hindu] home [in India] which does not house an idol of Ganapati.

The most awaited and one of my favorite festival is just round the corner. All Mumbaikars are gearing up to welcome Lord Ganesha. Even we at home take Ganesh idol for one and half day and yes the preparations is in full swing.

This is our 9th year since we started taking Ganesh idol at home. It was just our liking and love for Ganeshji that made us bring the idol at home 8 years back. Since then we never could resist or stop our self bringing it every year. It gives us both happiness and sadness for bringing the idol at home; happiness cause we get a chance to worship and also the mental satisfaction of having our must loved one at our home.

 Lots of preparations are needed before hand in-order everything goes on well :-

  • Selecting the idol, a difficult task as when we go for the same, we feel like we want to take all the idols home as all of them are adorable. 🙂
  • Then is the task for decoration. Every year we do different themes and decorate our house accordingly. It consumes most of your time on thinking what shall be done this year. We all start thinking on many things and then finally pickup 1-2 ideas of every one, combine it and the stage is set for Lord Ganesha.
  • Next is the invitation to be sent to all for taking blessings. Thanks to social media and Whatsapp which has made the task so easy. Earlier days we had to literally make a list of people we need to call and divide the same in-between all of us. But now just send a Whatsapp message and it’s done.
  • Then comes the task of preparation of yummy sweets, mostly “Ladoos and Modaks” as Ganeshji likes it the most. This task is very well taken care by my Mom, wife and sis-in-law.
  • Last but not the least is taking care of all the guests coming at home for Bappa’s darshan. This is the only day in the entire year where I get a chance to meet most of my near and dear ones. Our full extended family gathers at our place for evening Aarti followed by dinner.

This one and half day passes like a blink of an eye. All this comes to a sad end before you realize it and its time for “Visarjan” (task to immerse Lord Ganesha) and saying goodbye with tears in our eyes. The sadness of seeing HIM going away creates an empty space in our life. The attachment we develop with Ganeshji in just 2 days is very difficult to handle while separation. This is even seen in our children too. And every year they ask us that why can’t we keep the Ganesh idol permanently at home and why do we have to immerse it in water. The best what we explain to them is that HE misses her mom and hence want to meet her but soon HE will be back at our home. And in back of my mind I know that next year again we will be welcoming HIM with much greater joy.

 Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh festival and Ganapati Bappa Morya !!!

Battle of the books !!!

books_vs_ebooksCouple of month back I was in double mind of whether to continue reading printed book or e-book. I had a big debate within myself on whether to buy new Kindle or stick to my current habit.

I was not able to decide on what shall I continue, so I tried both i.e. reading e-book and printed book (which I was already doing it). For reading e-books I downloaded “Kindle” app on my iPhone and even purchased 3 e-books from Amazon. I even did little cross checks with my other friends who are into reading practice.

My likings for printed book:-

  • The smell of books makes one feel happy. Also the cover of the book (front and back) gives a different feeling.
  • Printed paper books can be rented out by paying a very small amount as rent fee and you can return once you read it.
  • Books can be exchanged between friends (which I normally do).
  • One can keep it in book shelf and increase your collection (incase you have it).

Having said the above, since I have read 3 e-books, I will like to mention about it too.

My likings for e-book:-

  • e-books are easier to purchase. Buy it online and within seconds they get downloaded in your smart phone, tab or Kindle. Whereas printed paper books take 2-3 days of delivery.
  • eBooks are easier to store as compare to printed books which will require a good amount of storage space. e-book provides better portability too.
  • One can read e-books anytime day or night as it does not require any external source of light. One can cuddle up on the bed with blanket and even read it hiding inside the blanket too :).
  • Just one device and it can store many e-books thus making easier for accessibility any time in future.

After experimenting both, I currently am comfortable reading printed paper books. Why ? Because reading e-books on smart phone, tab or Kindle means leaving bad impact on eyes. I already sit and work in front of my laptop for almost 8-10 hours a day. Adding more hours means more stress to my eyes. Secondly I have found a shop in my vicinity which gives books on rent; pay some deposit, read the book and return it. No hassle of buying and storing.

I do agree that many of you will have different view-point on this. I have read few surveys on “choice between e-book and printed book” and the statistics reveals that demand for the latter is more than former still today. But going ahead I am sure e-books will out number printed books.

So friends, let me know what would you prefer-an e-book or a printed book? The choice is yours, do fill the survey…