Friday, September 08, 2006

Weird Things Do Happen

All one needs to do is travel to NYC.

I have always been in love with the people of the city and more so, with the city itself. Insanity is the norm.

We spent the long weekend roaming the streets of NY and came upon some interesting findings. In the concrete mess shown above thrives a huge Desi population which commands the authority to take out a Ganesh procession, block traffic and do things - Desi Style.

Also, amongst this lot, lives a lady who should not be allowed anywhere close to the microphone (seriously, she is a hearing hazard)

Click this Link for Google Video on the lady.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a Ganesh procession walk through the streets of the city last Sunday. Got back many memories of the celebrations we had back in Nandanvan as kids (and adults).

- The most distinct memory being returning from school and heading straight into the buildings prayer room where they kept the idol for 5 days. Taking off your shoes, pulling up a few chairs (usually it was Bakshi and myself) and gobble down all the prasad.

- Climbing on top of the truck which came by for Visarjan and as it made its way thru crowded streets, shouting slogans. This used to be a collective effort which used to gain further momentum when a group of girls were spotted on the side streets. "Ganpati Bappa, Moriyaa..." used to tranform into "Babe, babe, babe, babe..." and we nudged each other in the direction of the feminine species - all unaware our parents were watching from behind.

- One fine year, when the truck driver dropped all of us at the beach, and happily drove off with our footwear.

- The society organized games. As a kid I remember losing the lemon in a spoon race. Also I remember winning the Table Tennis Tournament for a cash prize of ten bucks; which I proudly showed to my Grandmom; which she doubled to twenty and was quickly spent gulping down four bottles of Thumbs Up.

- Playing Housie. I used to love calling out the numbers. 88 was a personal favorite. I would stare at the fattest ladies in the crowd and go something like - "And next is the two famous fat ladies, hand in hand, 8 and 8, eighty eight". Lame, I agree!

- Decorating the prayer room. This was great fun coz I used to be the only guy turning up with some 50 women. Call it my tribute to Lord Krishna. The decorative paper used to originate from the ceiling fan and terminate on the side walls till some smart Aunty (or many a time Umm - Umm if you are reading this, we still remember), used to switch on the fan to see everything crash down.

Ganesh Chaturthi was surely a happening event around Nandanvan and the recent trip to NYC sure got back those memories.

But coming back to the city and its weirdness, did you guys hear about the Giraffe which escaped the zoo and made its way to Central Park? We happened to bump into him and he turned out to be quite a friendly animal looking for food.

Of course I am kidding. Thats a pic taken at Animal Kingdom by my friends. But many people would believe this could happen in the city.


Blogger Medha.. said...

Weird things do happen, apoo.
All YOU need to do is look in the mirror. :p

Ok, seriously.. a ganpathi procession in New York, that was so not expected! Awesome! :)

September 09, 2006 12:03 AM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Medha: Since I look in the mirror everyday, weird is become the norm!

September 10, 2006 6:22 AM  
Anonymous the pooh said...

abe u forgot the US open?...Thats what happens when you dont tell me your plans in detail:P but yeah i missed the procession...

September 11, 2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima said...

oh ajo! u missed out the bit where u used to be the only kid who would stealthily sneak in and finish up all the ladoos?

awesome man..we indians have seriously infiltrated every part of the world!

September 11, 2006 11:14 AM  
Anonymous go to see said...




September 12, 2006 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude there any how we can get tht lady to sing a cover for Sepultura or pantra ...dude she has talent ....

September 12, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Pooh: Ganesh Chaturthi much better than US Open. No wonder it didnt get mentioned. BTW, it never was in the plans, pretty much ad-hoc.

#Mahi: I didnt need to stealthily sneak in. I was proud that none of the prasad ever went to waste.

#go to see: I really dont see a connection here. Once again, and I delete it as spam!

#Amit: U will find many such ladies. Just stalk the streets of flushing for the next chaturthi

September 13, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger Menagerie said...

Pretty giraffe! Did he think your friends were trees? :)

September 15, 2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Noesis said...

Hey ur dad's real cool :) me talkin bout the nothappy vid on google.

October 06, 2006 6:37 AM  

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