Elephant Gods, Flying Insects, and Crabby Crabs: A Ganpati Visarjan Horror Story

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Elephant Gods, Flying Insects, and Crabby Crabs: A Ganpati Visarjan Horror Story

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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very year during Ganpati Visarjan in Mumbai, you realise two things — people who litter all year suddenly care about the environment, and jellyfish and stingray stings are Mother Nature’s way of taking revenge on people immersing idols. I have no desire to visit the beach during this time of year, because going head-to-head with nature’s fury while carrying the heaviest of Ganpati idols is not my idea of a good time.

You might be wondering why me, a person who’ll make a beeline for Goa every long weekend, avoids Chowpatty like the beach is lava. The reason is, I’ve had my fill of visarjans. I’ve been jostled in the crowd, groped by a stranger, covered in cheap gulaal, and sacrificed at the altar of the DJ babu. But no visarjan-induced trauma compares to the ordeal I underwent in 2010.

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