Loudspeakers for the Lord.
It is that time of the year again. The week when music is in the air. Literally. But in an unpleasant sense.
Ganesha Habba is here. And every self-respecting locality has a Ganesha Pandal. And they announce their presence by blaring music through loudspeakers in the name of celebration. I wonder if they think that God cannot hear if they don’t turn the volume up. Or maybe they think that all the devotees go deaf in unison this week. Whatever the reason is, the music reaches ear-splitting levels.
What is funny is that almost always, the music played is from the latest blockbusters. At least if it had been Bhajans, it would have made some sense (though that is no reason to turn up the volume either).
Even as I type this, I hear music playing simultaneously from two Pandals, one in each locality on either side of our area. The result is a cacophony which we try desperately to drown by playing loud music of our own at home.
The music goes on all day, sometimes even through the night. Yes, there is a ban on loudspeakers in place between 10 pm and 6 am (If I am not mistaken), but it apparently does not apply to these people. Last year, my parents had to telephone the police at midnight to go and make them turn off the music. When asked how those people could flout the ban, the answer was something to the effect that there was a rowdy in that organization, who had political connections. Same story.
If you are involved in an organization which is celebrating the Ganesha festival, or if you wield any kind of influence over such an organization, please spare a thought for people living around the area, and turn the volume down.