But tell me what would you think when a small child, decked up in finery, attempts to play Dandia with a spirit that tugs your heart and an impish charm that makes you wish that you could somehow capture that innocence in the palm of your hand and broadcast it to the world!
What would you make of a happy family, managing to create magic in an otherwise prosaic neighbourhood, which is much like an ant colony of people going to work and coming back in the evening !
Dancing on this day, the three of them went about creating happiness for themselves, without a bother of who was watching or who wasn’t !
What would you make of the splendour of a Durga Puja pandal. I can spot the rich, the poor, the wannabes, the content lots. All there. Some are there to look. Some others to show. But there are those that dont seem to care. And they are there, it seems to me, to just be present. On this day, at the Durga Puja Pandal in Powai, this ‘absorbed in the moment’ set seems to dominate!
The Pandal itself is rather majestic and impressive to say the least. Add that to the ‘culture loving’ (as my friend calls himself) crowd you have a powerful concoction. The Durga deity is simply aweing to say the least !
I come back with loads of impressions. And thoughts. And those that dominate seem to be ones that there is more to be done. It is possible. And people somewhere have goodness reside in them. We perhaps need to look for it !
Even as i type this, i wonder how i came to that conclusion. A few ‘diabolic’ questions get ready to come at me.
I think of the children & their play with reckless abandon, their laughter still rings in my ear. The visage of people engaged in simple conversation is still vivid, just as the Goddess seemed to smile on them ! And so many such images from the last two days engulf me.
I go no more. Between Dandia and Durga, the divine overruns the diabolic. Divine company, i think. I still can call it ‘D Company’ !
What say ?!?