Aftermath of the Festival

We all enjoy celebrating the many festivals that are the mark of this season…and I thought I would check out what the post-festival scene looks like in the market area where the frenzy was apparent in spite of the extremely inclement weather.

The “sarvajanika mahotsava” (public festival) is over…


Here is the shamiana being dismantled, and the decorations being taken down at one community puja:

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preparations for visarjana

The tractor stands ready to tow all the decorations away, or pull the god on his way to be immersed…:

ready to be pulled away

That part is quite nice, but then I saw the unpleasant side of the day-after….

the debris


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My goodness…those are the gates of residences behind the debris; don’t the residents care? The last photograph warns against parking in front of the gate, but apparently has nothing against parking garbage in front of the gate. How can we be so apathetic about our garbage? Agreed, we have had unprecedented rain, but surely the citizens themselves can dispose of the garbage better than by dumping it in front of their residences like this.

Surely, cleaning up after a festivity is as important as celebrating that festival….cleanliness is next to godliness, but not, apparently after it, in our city!

3 Comments so far

  1. NParry (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    Great pictorial on our apathy and reckless indifference to public hygiene and civic sense. I don’t know what God(s) that we cravenly worship sanctions and blesses this kind of apathy and indifference. Better to ban these celebrations on streets and incur the wrath of the sanctimonious BJP than to see this stinking mess on our doorsteps. Great Work, Deepa!

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    I second that – Great work, Deepa-avare! You’re setting good benchmarks for the rest of us now!

  3. Ram (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 7:40 am

    I wonder if this mess got cleared??? I also hope to have Bangalore Civic authorities and the general public need to review their way of celebrating.
    The civic authorities can put policies in place to ensure such a mess is not created in future.

    Civic authorities need to really has put the foot down and end all such mess. Anyone who needs to celebrate will have to clear the dirt too….

    I think these are basics and it is already in place. Only problem is with the citizens who do not follow.

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