When Ganpati Came Without Abs and ₹260 Crore Insurance Cover

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When Ganpati Came Without Abs and ₹260 Crore Insurance Cover

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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aharashtrians are a spartan community for most of the year – our festivals are austere, humble affairs: All we need to celebrate Gudi Padwa is a stick and a pot. On Makar Sankranti, we distribute ladoos made of sesame seeds and jaggery, proving that even our festive sweets are simpler than a Punjabi lassi and healthy enough to find a place in any woke organic café. Frankly, we don’t want the “showshaa”.

But there comes a time every year when we lose our usual Zen, don’t-give-a-damn outlook to the beats of dhol-tasha. That time is Ganesh Chaturthi.

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