Why My Atheism Takes a Backseat Every Ganesh Chaturthi

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Why My Atheism Takes a Backseat Every Ganesh Chaturthi

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ast year, for the first time in 25 years, I missed Ganesh Chaturthi in Pune. Usually, I make it a point to spend the first couple of days in my home city before getting back to work in Mumbai, because those two days mean a lot to me. It’s not because I’m religious – in fact, I am as annoyingly atheist as they come, since my father’s death a few years back.

But Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the last family traditions that I try to follow. Last year, that was broken as well.

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