October 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th – 5 days of extreme stress, extreme exhaustion, extreme sleep deprivation, yes; but 5 days of extreme fun, extreme excitement and an extreme sense of achievement too. And 14th too promises to be no better, or worse…hehe. For, it’s the day of the beautiful Shindur Khela and Visarjan (Durga’s immersion) at Powai Sharadotsav.
But for now, it’s a little moment of quiet — I, as usual, woke up with the lark while everybody is still fast asleep in the house. As I sit quietly and look around a cluttered house (have had no time for the clothes and general house-keeping) and the wilderness that my garden has turned into, I realise that after the Visarjan of the Ma tonight, an emptiness will set in. The days had been full over the last eight weeks. Meetings, rehearsals, preparations – we will miss them all. Still in a daze, I am unable to put words into the entire experience. And so I leave you with these images.
Photos courtesy — Mukesh Trivedi (firstname.lastname@example.org)